Cheers! Ale lovers welcome back beer festival to the city

Beer festival at University of Portsmouth Students Union.' 'Picture: Allan Hutchings (142626-492)
Beer festival at University of Portsmouth Students Union.' 'Picture: Allan Hutchings (142626-492)

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IT’S had a break but the Portsmouth Beer Festival made a welcome return to the city at the weekend.

There were 85 different beers on offer for visitors to the event at the University of Portsmouth Students’ Union.

142626_BEER_FEST_6/9/14''(l-r) Bridie Anscombe, Ann Mortimer, Paul Anscombe and Peter Norman. ''Beer festival at University of Portsmouth Students Union.' 'Picture: Allan Hutchings (142626-502) PPP-140609-220642003

142626_BEER_FEST_6/9/14''(l-r) Bridie Anscombe, Ann Mortimer, Paul Anscombe and Peter Norman. ''Beer festival at University of Portsmouth Students Union.' 'Picture: Allan Hutchings (142626-502) PPP-140609-220642003

It was revived by the Portsmouth and south-east Hampshire branch of the Campaign for Real Ale after being axed in 2010.

And the bash was not just for ale lovers as 15 ciders – five perries and a stash of foreign bottled beers were on offer too.

Organiser Oliver Sandercock said: ‘There have been a small group of us that decided to resurrect it and we decided to hold it at the student union.

‘It’s been a success so we are hoping to continue it next year.

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142626_BEER_FEST_6/9/14''Beer festival at University of Portsmouth Students Union.' 'Picture: Allan Hutchings (142626-514) PPP-140609-220510003

‘We want to promote it so it becomes a much bigger festival in years to come.

‘Everyone has got their own tastes.

‘People loves a good ale and good ciders.

‘We want to try and promote the local breweries.’

Ed Anderson, treasurer at the festival, added: ‘We like the variety.

‘We like to try all different beers, sometimes beers that you can’t get hold of very easily.’

Mr Sandercock added that there was a good reaction from punters at the festival.

‘We’ve had good positive feedback and some tasty beers. It’s been a positive event.’

Steve Penford, 54, from Southsea, said: ‘It’s gone very well. It’s the first time there has been a beer festival in Portsmouth for a couple of years.

‘The beer is good. We always like to try different beers.’

David Smith, 31, from Whiteley, said: ‘It’s good because we are getting people that aren’t your normal pub goers.

‘You haven’t got lager louts here.

‘People are just here to enjoy good beer.

‘It’s my first beer festival. There are a good range of beers.

‘For such a small venue they have got quite a lot of variety.’

A variation of the original event was held in May this year at Portsmouth Guildhall by organiser Ben Miles.