Butcombe – Bitter

WP_20140530_013What they say: The West Country’s favourite beer derives from pure Mendip Spring Water…notably bitter, clean tasting, refreshingly dry and distinctive.

It’s one of my favourites too – I’ve had it before but for some reason it hasn’t made it to the blog before – overdoing the ‘research’ perhaps…. anyway, it was good to sample again, this time at the Blue Raddle in Dorchester. 4.2% A.B.V.


Branscombe Vale – Branoc

WP_20140530_012What they say: Nose is light caramel and fruits. Flavour is of light malts, some fruits. Slightly bitter finish.

Another offering at the Blue Raddle in Dorset, a pub that really excels in it’s ever changing real ale offerings. In excellent condition but a little too much of a fruity twang for my taste buds but great for the warm weather, should it linger. 3.8% A.B.V

Dartmoor – Dartmoor IPA

WP_20140530_009What they say: A highly drinkable, light golden coloured beer with a unique blend of English hops that combine to create a superb spicy apple and citrus fruit flavour, finished off with a crisp, refreshing aftertaste and subtle hop aroma.

Our last night in Dorset saw us meet with friends for a meal at the Blue Raddle in Dorchester, a haven for real ale fans. This was the first cab off the rank and perfectly drinkable although I found it just a  little lacking in taste – either that or my taste buds were ravaged from a hard weeks er, research!

Palmers – Best Bitter

WP_20140528_003What they say: A full-drinking, malty ale with a delicious hop character. A traditional IPA from the heart of West Dorset.

Stable mate to the lovely Copper Ale and again, very drinkable although when given the choice I went back to the Copper Ale only because it was a bit lighter alcohol wise. 4.2& A.B.V.

Found at the The Three Horseshoes in Powerstock. Well kept and reasonably priced – for the south anyway!

Palmers – Copper Ale

WP_20140527_001What they say: Beautifully balanced, copper-coloured session ale, good citrus fruit with a hoppy aroma. Full-flavoured and brewed with Maris Otter malt and whole leaf First Gold aroma hops.

The 2nd half of our half-term escape saw us in West Dorset and the Palmers brewery in based in Bridport just down the road from our campsite.

I really liked this and was able to ‘research’ it more than once. I didn’t find it too hoppy and at 3.7% A.B.V. kinder to the liver too, without compromising on flavour.