Thousands sup on tasty craft ales at Portsmouth Beer Festival

From left, Emily Hardy, Ian Cox, Chris Stoneham and his wife Jen 'Picture Ian Hargreaves  (151960-1)

From left, Emily Hardy, Ian Cox, Chris Stoneham and his wife Jen 'Picture Ian Hargreaves (151960-1)

  • Christmas Portsmouth Beer Festival now in its second year
  • Almost 3,000 people through the doors of Guildhall over two days
  • Entertained by local bands
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REAL ale drinkers tucked into craft beers all the way from Hawaii.

As well as exotic brews, there were ales from across the UK and Europe for thirsty punters at the Portsmouth Beer Festival at the Guildhall.

From left, Sarah Barclay, Derek Bond and Mel Brunrit  (151960-2)

From left, Sarah Barclay, Derek Bond and Mel Brunrit (151960-2)

Over three sittings on Friday night, Saturday daytime and Saturday evening, there were almost 3,000 people through the doors.

They enjoyed ales and cider while listening to some of the best local bands.

Organiser Ben Miles said: ‘It just goes to show people round here love real ale.

‘It’s had such a resurgence in the past few years. And the younger generation are really into it – guys and girls.

It just goes to show people round here love real ale

Ben Miles

‘And it’s not just good for us. It’s good for pubs as well. We’re only here twice a year but it gets people trying lots of different drinks and seeking them out in pubs afterwards.’

There were more than 120 cask ales and 22 ciders on offer.

Charlotte Cox and her mum Anne (151960-3)

Charlotte Cox and her mum Anne (151960-3)

Neil Foulkes and Andrea Coupe  (151960-4)

Neil Foulkes and Andrea Coupe (151960-4)

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