Portsea beer festival returns with pints of cheer

Mutiny Festival brought over �2m to the local economy Picture: Paul Windsor

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HUNDREDS of beer lovers flocked to a real ale festival and enjoyed a few jars of their favourite tipple in aid of four charities.

The Portsea Island Beer Festival took place at Groundlings Theatre, in Kent Street, Portsea, over Saturday and Sunday.

Enjoying the event are, from the left, Peter Clark, Paul Read, John Kendall, Clare Harding, Colin Cooper, Rodney Simpson and Andrew Edmond 	  	             Picture: Malcolm Wells (161014-1005)

Enjoying the event are, from the left, Peter Clark, Paul Read, John Kendall, Clare Harding, Colin Cooper, Rodney Simpson and Andrew Edmond Picture: Malcolm Wells (161014-1005)

It was the sixth time the annual event had been held and this year it was raising cash for The Rowans Hospice, Marie Curie Cancer Care, the RSPB and Motiv8.

Organiser Malcolm Irving, owner of Irving & Co Brewery, said: ‘It’s been great, Groundlings is a great location for a beer festival. It’s been a great atmosphere.’

There were 43 beers and 10 ciders on offer from a range of English suppliers.

Phil Bond, 66, from Portchester, was enjoying a few pints of Thai Me Up by Irving & Co, with his family.

He said: ‘The people are great and the music is even better.’