Get ready for another Portsmouth beer festival

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ALE lovers will soon be treated to another beer bash in Portsmouth.

Portsea Island Beer Festival will be held at Groundlings Theatre, in Portsea, from October 10 to 11.

Forty different beers and up to nine ciders will run through the taps over the event at the historic venue, which is in its fourth year.

The occasion, in its fourth year, is being put on by Irving & Co Brewery, in Drayton, which has sourced drinks from around the country for visitors.

Beers being offered include Irving’s Captain B beer, brewed especially for beer festivals, and the brewery’s newest drink, Intrepid.

Live music will come in the form of Dicey Riley, Blendworth Brass Band and The Strangers.

Malcolm Irving, owner of Irving & Co Brewery, said he could not wait for everything to get started.

‘It takes quite a bit of organisation, getting things like the beer, glasses and programmes sorted, but when I get there, it’s going to be really fun,’ he said.

‘It’s great seeing people enjoy themselves, enjoy the music and try the beers and having beers that people haven’t seen down here before.’

Two afternoon sessions will be held from noon until 4pm and evening sessions will run from 6pm to 11pm.

Tickets for Friday afternoon cost £4, Saturday afternoon costs £5 and both of the evening sessions cost £8 each. They are available from the theatre or The Hole in The Wall, The Leopold Tavern, in Southsea, The Rose in June, in Copnor, The Stags Head, in Westbourne and The Queens Head, in Titchfield.