Plenty of ale on offer with return of Portchester Beer Festival

Barry Mappleback and Adrian Walter behind the bar at the annual beer festival at Portchester Community Centre, Portchester. ''Picture: Allan Hutchings (141065-716) PPP-140413-161843001
Barry Mappleback and Adrian Walter behind the bar at the annual beer festival at Portchester Community Centre, Portchester. ''Picture: Allan Hutchings (141065-716) PPP-140413-161843001
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IT WAS a weekend of beer and sunshine at the 12th annual Portchester Beer Festival.

With 26 ales, seven ciders and three perries there was something for all.

141065_BEER_FEST_12/4/14''The Pompey Pluckers playing at the annual beer festival at Portchester Community Centre, Portchester. ''Picture: Allan Hutchings (141065-724) PPP-140413-161855001

141065_BEER_FEST_12/4/14''The Pompey Pluckers playing at the annual beer festival at Portchester Community Centre, Portchester. ''Picture: Allan Hutchings (141065-724) PPP-140413-161855001

The event raises cash for The Fire Fighters Charity each year.

James Mitchell, 32, of Bedhampton, sponsored one of the kegs with his firm Spinnaker Windows as his dad Paul is a serving firefighter at Portchester.

He was with a group of friends working their way down the list of beers available at Portchester Community Centre on Saturday.

James said: ‘I used to live in Portchester. My dad is a fireman and it’s for a firefighter’s charity.

141065_BEER_FEST_12/4/14''The Pompey Pluckers at the annual beer festival at Portchester Community Centre, Portchester. ''Picture: Allan Hutchings (141065-811) PPP-140413-161906001

141065_BEER_FEST_12/4/14''The Pompey Pluckers at the annual beer festival at Portchester Community Centre, Portchester. ''Picture: Allan Hutchings (141065-811) PPP-140413-161906001

‘I start at one and work down. I’ll keep going until I lose track.’

His friend Lee Hamlet, 48, of Birdwood Grove, added: ‘It’s a chance to catch up with people, get together with friends and a enjoy a beer.

‘It’s local – you feel like your part of the community. It’s a very good selection, not just beer.’

Co-organiser Adi Walter said: ‘It’s absolutely a community event to appeal to people from the local area.’