Portsmouth’s Portsea Island Beer Festival goes down a treat with drinkers

From the left are  festival organiser Malcolm Irving, Tim Compton, Eloise Burnop and Trevor Burnop enjoying the day at the ''Portsea Island Beer festival ''Picture: Allan Hutchings (151550-106)
From the left are festival organiser Malcolm Irving, Tim Compton, Eloise Burnop and Trevor Burnop enjoying the day at the ''Portsea Island Beer festival ''Picture: Allan Hutchings (151550-106)
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  • Beer festival had 43 different beers on show along with 10 ciders
  • Organiser said they had steady numbers through the door with Friday afternoon being the busiest ever in five years
  • Visitors said they enjoyed the range of beers and the music
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WITH more than 40 beers and ciders, an annual beer festival was enjoyed by hundreds of people.

Groundlings Theatre, in Kent Street, Portsea, hosted the Portsea Island Beer Festival for the fifth year and visitors got to enjoy 43 different beers and 10 ciders.

From left, Keith Cosslett. Mike Cheater, Ian Withall, Philip Talbot, Geoff Thorpe and Mark lreland at the ''Portsea Island Beer festival''Picture: Allan Hutchings (151550-122)

From left, Keith Cosslett. Mike Cheater, Ian Withall, Philip Talbot, Geoff Thorpe and Mark lreland at the ''Portsea Island Beer festival''Picture: Allan Hutchings (151550-122)

Starting on Friday afternoon, the festival carried on all weekend and beer-enthusiasts enjoyed trying the different ales and stouts and the live music.

Jack Pierson went along with brother Liam. The pair, from Fratton, also visited last year.

Liam, 26, said: ‘It has been really good to just relax and try the range of beers.

‘We came last year and wanted to come back as it was so good because of the range.

People seemed to be enjoying themselves and we had steady numbers through the doors

Malcolm Irving

‘The music has been great too so it’s been a good way to spend a Saturday afternoon.’

Organised by Portsmouth brewery Irving and Co, the festival had beers from around the UK including Scotland.

They also had a range from Lancashire, Derbyshire and the Midlands with the ciders coming from Somerset.

Breweries from Gosport, Portsmouth and Havant were also used to make up the 43 different kinds of alcohol for sale. Mary Lucke, from Cosham, enjoyed trying the beers from the local area.

She said: ‘I had never tried beer from Gosport before and it was very nice.

‘It is great knowing they have beers from across the country but also closer to home.

‘I think it is important to promote the local breweries and a festival like this is the perfect opportunity for people to try different types which they haven’t before.’

Malcolm Irving, organiser, said they had received good feedback from people enjoying the festival.

‘Friday afternoon was probably the busiest that day’s ever been since we started the festival five years ago,’ he said.

‘The evening was also very good and the music we had was fantastic.

‘People seemed to be enjoying themselves and we had steady numbers through the doors.’

He added: ‘I think people have liked trying the different beers we have.

‘They ranged from chocolate and vanilla stout to strawberry cider.’