Sixpenny Brewery (sixpennybrewery.co.uk) is the destination of the second excursion on Saturday evening which came into being in 2009 when Scott Wayland moved his successful Wayland Brewery from Addlestone, North Surrey to an old dairy building in Sixpenny Handley on Cranborne Chase. The Wayland Brewery started brewing in 2007 using a 2.5 barrel plant which quickly doubled in size as support grew for the beers being produced. The move and change of name did nothing to effect this growth, and as the beer range increased, the plant was expanded to twenty barrels, and a brewery tap was opened. The brewery produces several different beers including one for Jack GFM radio station and has received many awards for them, particularly for its flagship IPA which is an excellent example of the style.
The brewery moved into larger premises near Cranborne village last year in order to continue its expansion and much attention has been paid to the new brewery tap which is worthy of a visit in its own right, the brewery is hosting an open day all day on the Saturday to coincide with the Members’ Weekend. IPA sausages and pizza from the Orchard Bay Bakery (heycafes.co.uk/05064845/Orchard_Bay_Bakery) next door will be available to purchase during the visit and the journey home will include a stop at The Drovers Inn, Gussage-All-Saints (droversinngussage.com). This pub was saved by the local community who joined forces to buy the building when Ringwood Brewery tried to sell it off for property development in 2015, an achievement which earned them the first CAMRA ‘Pub Savers’ Award which was presented to them in November last year. The pub has been extensively refurbished since the take over and five real ales from local breweries are usually available at the bar, the pub certainly adds to the attraction of choosing to book a place on this trip.