Pub brews up for Portsmouth Festivities

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ORGANISERS of a major festival are hoping it will go down as smoothly as a beer brewed specially for the event.

Portsmouth Festivities is in its 15th year and the people behind it celebrated months of hard work with a pint of a pale ale brewed for and named after the 10-day artistic-inspired event.

(l-r) Jason Howard, Nicola Williams, Pete Hughes, Daniel Hawkes and Samantha Worsey with the first pint of Portsmouth Festivities beer. ''Picture: Allan Hutchings

(l-r) Jason Howard, Nicola Williams, Pete Hughes, Daniel Hawkes and Samantha Worsey with the first pint of Portsmouth Festivities beer. ''Picture: Allan Hutchings

Samantha Worsley, general manager at Portsmouth Festivities, said the group were excited about the beer, made by Brewhouse, in Guildhall Walk.

She said: ‘We were amazed that Portsmouth has its own brewers.

‘It felt perfect to ask if they could put on a special brew for us.

‘This is our 15th year. It has been running for a long time and we’re having a rebirth as an organisation.’

She added the group wants to celebrate different aspects of culture in the city.

Jason Howard, 25, of High Street, Old Portsmouth, sipped the first pint of Portsmouth Festivities – and loved every drop. He said: ‘It’s really nice.’

Pete Hughes, 38, is the brewer at the pub in Guildhall Walk.

He said: ‘It’s an honour that we can be involved in a small way.

‘I asked them what beer they would like and then just looked at what I had in stock and threw it together – it’s fairly simple.

‘It’s just a good simple summery beer, it’s light refreshing and hoppy.’

The beer is on tap at the pub and is 3.6 per cent in strength.

Nicola Williams, 27, of Southsea, is the audience development coordinator at the festivities.

She said: ‘It’s not just Brewhouse that we’ve teamed up with. We teamed up with various pubs and restaurants around the city.

‘It’s to help celebrate Portsmouth, local businesses and independent businesses.’

The festival starts tomorrow and runs until June 29.

For a list of events see portsmouthfestivities.co.uk