A week in Dorset

Since blogging about the rather awesome (but pricy) Littlemill 25, I’ve not blogged a thing. Instead, I went on holiday to England to see what Dorset is all about. I brought my iPad and my bluetooth keyboard for blogging, but I couldn’t be bothered, to be honest.

I drank one dram of whisky in that entire week, which was nice. It was an unlabeled sample so there won’t be a review. Not a clue to what it was. I also poured another one but that was not to my liking, so that ended up in the sink.

So, Dorset. We went with the family and friends. Seven of us in total to a nice cottage just outside of Winterborne Stickland, which is near Blandford. Quite central but in such a location that driving is not optional, but mandatory.

I want to focus this post on the beers and ciders I had, since that is what this blog is about. Let’s keep the family info to: We saw Durdle Door, the Jurassic Coast, Bath, Stonehenge, Monkey World and Corfe Castle. It was great.

In Blandford there’s a brewery called Hall & Woodhouse which has been brewing since 1777. We didn’t do a tour since it didn’t fit the schedule of being near, having kids that would tolerate an hour of non-kid-stuff and time constraints. We did try a LOAD of their beers.

The highlights were the Limited Editions for 2014 and 2015 (The Wicked Wyvern and The Shapwick Monster). The IPA is nice and some others were too. They also had a huge miss with Golden Glory which I thought was lager and peach juice. Also the Blandford Flyer didn’t sit well with me (ginger infused lager).

After coming from Monkey World I stopped at Sunny Republic Brewing Company in Winterborne Kingston. The kids were asleep in the car so I just hopped in for some beers. I came away with two growlers with Hop Dog (their American IPA, which is pretty good) and Black Swan, a low ABV porter that is lovely. The brewery wasn’t open for the public at that time but the owner did show me around. In 15 minutes I tasted three beers, saw the brewery and had two growlers tapped. It was good.

We planned to go to some cider places too, but that shamefully didn’t work out. We did try some good ones from the local Tesco though. Old Rosie Cloudy Cider and Aspall’s Premier Cru are both awesome (we bought a load to take home too) and some others were less good to not good at all.

In short. Things were good and well lubricated. Dorset is awesome and I loved the quiet there. I can imagining retiring there.


  • Beer is good
  • Cider is good too
  • I love English pubs
  • I like fish & chips
  • Beer should not contain peach juice
  • Marks & Spencer has a fine beer selection
  • Tesco’s varies between stores
  • Those big pint bottles in England are good for sharing

About Sjoerd de Haan-Kramer

I'm very interested in booze, with a focus on whisky. I like to listen to loads of music and play lots of Magic: the Gathering, and board games too. I'm married to Anneke, have two daughters Ot and Cato, a son Moos and a cat called Kikker (which means Frog, in Dutch). I live in Krommenie, The Netherlands.
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