PREPARATIONS are under way for the return of a town’s annual winter beer festival.
Gosport Winterfest, put on every year by the Campaign for Real Ale, is due to come back to Thorngate Halls in Gosport in February.
Scores of ales and ciders are usually on offer for thirsty punters.
And many enjoy a venture to Gosport’s pubs afterwards to chat and sample more beers.
The event normally raises cash for a worthy cause.
Camra members will soon begin to draw up a beer list and work out what entertainment will be provided.
More details will emerge in the new year, including information over how to buy tickets.
Local Camra member Martyn Constable, who is also the sales representative for the Oakleaf Brewing Company, in Mumby Road, Gosport, said: ‘There is a committee set up, things are starting to move and Winterfest will happen as normal.
‘A beer list will be prepared in early January.’
Martyn said the occasion always goes down a treat with guests across the Portsmouth region – and has become the premier festival on the south coast during the winter.
He said: ‘There is always a great mix of local and national beers.
‘It’s nice to support independent breweries rather than just the bigger brands.’
It comes after the local Camra group held its annual Portsmouth Beerex at the University of Portsmouth Students’ Union in September.
About 65 real ales, 20 ciders and a selection of craft beers and English wine ran through the taps at the popular festival.