Real ale festival returns to Southsea pub

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BEER lovers will be in for a treat at a Southsea pub’s second-ever beer festival.

The Leopold Tavern, in Albert Road, will have 70 real ales on offer from April 26 to May 5.

The event will showcase beers from local breweries as well as from ones further afield. There will be 18 beers on the go at the same time during the first three days – 10 coming from the pumps and the rest from barrels in the garden. Landlord Stuart Ainsworth said the success of last year’s beer festival spurred him on to do another one.

‘This is about getting more people into the real ale scene,’ he said.

‘I expect to be very busy during the first three to four days. Every local brewery will be showcased.

‘I have also managed to get a few beers from up north, ones which are normally quite hard to find.’

Malcolm Irving, owner of Irving & Co Brewers, in Drayton, Portsmouth, has produced a beer called ‘Captain B’ for the event, which starts at 11am on the first day.