Friends gather for Portsea Island Beer Festival

Malcolm Irving, organiser of the Portsea Island Beer Festival.''Picture: Sarah Standing (142933-1001)
Malcolm Irving, organiser of the Portsea Island Beer Festival.''Picture: Sarah Standing (142933-1001)
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THE beer was flowing at Groundlings Theatre over the weekend at the Portsea Island Beer Festival.

Dozens of people went to the Kent Road event and enjoyed some of the ales, lagers and ciders on offer.

10/10/2014 (NEWS)''The Portsea Island Beer Festival kicked off on Friday evening at The Groundlings Theatre.''Pictured is: Volunteers Trevor Burnop (68) and Eloise Burnop (65) helping out behind the bar.''Picture: Sarah Standing (142933-1004) PPP-141010-215945001

10/10/2014 (NEWS)''The Portsea Island Beer Festival kicked off on Friday evening at The Groundlings Theatre.''Pictured is: Volunteers Trevor Burnop (68) and Eloise Burnop (65) helping out behind the bar.''Picture: Sarah Standing (142933-1004) PPP-141010-215945001

It kicked off on Friday, with two sessions held during the afternoon and evening.

Forty different beers and nine ciders were running off taps at the venue.

It is the fourth year of the annual beer festival.

The occasion was put on by Irving & Co Brewery in Drayton. But the drinks were sourced from around the country.

10/10/2014 (NEWS)''The Portsea Island Beer Festival kicked off on Friday evening at The Groundlings Theatre.''Pictured is: (l-r) Daniel Langford (28) from Baffins and Rob Northern (33) from Hilsea, enjoying the beer festival.''Picture: Sarah Standing (142933-1030) PPP-141010-220009001

10/10/2014 (NEWS)''The Portsea Island Beer Festival kicked off on Friday evening at The Groundlings Theatre.''Pictured is: (l-r) Daniel Langford (28) from Baffins and Rob Northern (33) from Hilsea, enjoying the beer festival.''Picture: Sarah Standing (142933-1030) PPP-141010-220009001

Nigel Firth-Penney, who works for the Campaign for Real Ale, was at the event with friends.

They were taking part in the 19th cider crawl.

October is cider month, and the group was at the event to sample the ciders.

He said: ‘The cider on offer is superb.

10/10/2014 (NEWS)''The Portsea Island Beer Festival kicked off on Friday evening at The Groundlings Theatre.''Pictured is: The Portsea Island Beer Festival taking place.''Picture: Sarah Standing (142933-986) PPP-141010-220034001

10/10/2014 (NEWS)''The Portsea Island Beer Festival kicked off on Friday evening at The Groundlings Theatre.''Pictured is: The Portsea Island Beer Festival taking place.''Picture: Sarah Standing (142933-986) PPP-141010-220034001

‘It is a good selection and is excellent value for money.

‘There is a good choice for us to try. I think these are superb events and opportunities to showcase the really good ciders and ales that are made in this country.

‘They are also really good for members of the public to have a chance to experience the beers.’

Dave Knot from Portchester was also at the event.

He said: ‘It is going very well. There is a good selection of beers and some good entertainment.

‘I came here because of the beer.’