Tickets for new beer festival in Portsmouth up for grabs

Paul Jevons

Paul Jevons

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TICKETS are now on sale for a new beer festival being launched in Portsmouth.

Paul Jevons, landlord of The Sirloin of Beef, in Eastney, is planning to hold a real ale bash at Eastney Community Centre, in Bransbury Park, on April 23.

There will be an afternoon and evening session with live entertainment.

Proceeds will go towards the community centre.

Sixteen beers will be on offer, with an alcoholic strength of between four and five per cent.

Paul said preparations are now well under way to ensure the occasion is a success.

He said: ‘We have got the beers sourced, and there will be music at lunchtime and at night. I’m feeling quite positive about it all.’

As reported, Paul has assembled a subcommittee including Malcolm Irving, from Irving & Brewers, in Portsmouth, and Martyn Constable, of The Oakleaf Brewing Company, in Gosport, to help.

Paul, who has not run his own beer festival before, has said he wants to help make a difference in the community.

The lunch session will feature a performance from a guitarist called ‘Griller’ and Dead Crow Road will perform in the evening.

Guests will be given glasses that hold two-thirds of a pint to drink from, as opposed to a pint as it’s too much and a half is often too small a measure.

Tickets cost £5 each and are on sale at The Sirloin of Beef.

Meanwhile, tickets are selling well for the Southsea Beer Ex.

Up to 40 different ales and a selection of ciders will be on offer during the occasion, being held on April 1 and April 2 at The Wedgewood Rooms.

The event was first put on last year by Stuart Ainsworth, landlord of The Leopold Tavern, as a fun way to showcase local beer and live music.

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