TODAY marks the beginning of Cask Ale Week – and that can only mean good news for publicans.
The national awareness event, which runs until Sunday, October 5, is a celebration of real ale and what goes into making a great pint of the drink.
Figures show that 65 per cent of UK drinkers visit a pub more often during Cask Ale Week and enjoy beer tastings, festivals and ‘ale trails’.
One Portsmouth pub, The Winchester Arms, in Winchester Road, Buckland, will be offering a free pint of ale to anyone who has a voucher.
They are available to members of the Campaign for Real Ale and if you visit freedrinkpubs.co.uk, enter your email address and code CAS123.
Paul Fewings, landlord of The Winchester Arms, which normally has three to four ales running through the taps, said the week was good for business.
‘There is a bit of extra trade,’ he said.
‘It gets the real ale name out there, and it gets a few people drinking real ale for the first time.
‘Each real ale tastes different.
‘If people get to come in and try a free ale, then that’s great.’
Stuart Ainsworth, landlord of The Leopold Tavern, in Albert Road, Southsea, said supermarkets could not replicate a real cask beer.
‘If it’s highlighting real ale then it can only be a good thing,’ he said.
‘You can’t replicate a real ale poured in a pub anywhere else.
‘I believe there is a real ale out there for everybody.