Town pubs call on organisers to hold more beer bashes

BUSY The packed-out 2014 Gosport Beer Festival. Picture: Malcolm Wells (14536-2392)
BUSY The packed-out 2014 Gosport Beer Festival. Picture: Malcolm Wells (14536-2392)
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CALLS have been made for more beer festivals to be held as pubs enjoyed big success on the back of Gosport’s Winterfest.

New customers packed the town’s locals as they sampled more beers after the event – and now landlords want their good fortune to continue.

Deana Geary, of The Junction Tavern in Leesland Road, saw her takings rise by 20 per cent.

Deana volunteered behind the festival’s bars, and that helped because once people found out who she was, they went off afterwards to try her pub’s beers.

‘It’s important that we see more beer festivals because they generate more interest in the local pubs,’ she 

‘It would also help the pubs who would otherwise be struggling.

‘The E1 bus route is right outside my pub, so people were able to come and have a drink, then get back on the bus to Fareham.

‘At these kind of events, you get members of the Campaign for Real Ale from places like Southampton and when they’re in Gosport, they like to visit pubs which are in the Good Beer Guide – like mine and Queen’s Hotel.’

Patrick Noonan, landlord of The Clarence Tavern, in Clarence Road, enjoyed seeing more customers after Winterfest’s Friday and Saturday afternoon sessions.

‘Anything that helps the pub industry at the moment has got to be a good thing,’ he said.

‘We’re getting slaughtered by the supermarkets.

‘Winterfest is one of the best things to have happened in Gosport.

‘There’s always a few extra people who come in to sample the beers.’

As reported, Sue Lampon, of Queen’s Hotel, in Queen’s Road, saw takings double as punters piled in to sample more brews.

Meanwhile, the local branch of the Camra will meet in the next seven to 10 days to discuss how to revive the former Portsmouth Beer Festival, which was axed in 2010.

It comes as organiser Ben Mills, who runs the Belle Isle in Osborne Road and Little Johnny Russell’s in Albert Road, Southsea, announced another city beer festival would be held at Portsmouth Guildhall in May.