Campaigners prepare for the return of the Portsmouth Beer Festival

Portsmouth's beer festival is ready to return
Portsmouth's beer festival is ready to return
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It has not been held in years – but now there is just a day to go until the big return of Portsmouth Beer Festival.

Up to 85 different beers will run through the taps during the event at the University of Portsmouth Students’ Union, which starts tomorrow.

It is being revived by the Portsmouth and south-east Hampshire branch of the Campaign for Real Ale after being axed following the last one in 2010.

And the bash is not just for ale lovers as 15 ciders, five perries and a stash of foreign bottled beers will be on offer too.

Camra member Martyn Constable has been in charge of getting together all the beers, and said it is great the organisation has ensured the event’s comeback.

‘We wouldn’t be doing this if it wasn’t important to us,’ Martyn said.

‘It’s big that Camra is once again going to be holding a beer festival in Portsmouth, and it’s about getting people to try local and all kinds of different beers.’

Martyn said the festival would have more of a focus on summer-style beers, as opposed to darker ones like at Camra’s other local beer festival, Gosport Winterfest.

‘This will have more summer-style and hoppy beers, but there’s going to be a good range and all different kinds of styles of beer,’ he said.

The festival has not been held by Camra since 2008 and was organised by singer and songwriter Shep Woolley in its last two years.

‘A lot of work has been put into this,’ Martyn said.

‘It’s just about getting things organised now.

‘We’ve had a lot of help from the university, they have been very helpful in getting the venue sorted.’

A variation of the original event was held in May this year at Portsmouth Guildhall by organiser Ben Miles.

The first session tomorrow runs from 11.30am to 4.30pm.

An evening session will then be held from 6pm to 11pm.

There will be afternoon and evening sessions between the same times on Saturday.

Tickets are still available and can be bought on the door and at The Hole In The Wall, in Great Southsea Street; The Leopold Tavern in Albert Road; The Rose in June, Milton Road, Copnor; and the student union.

Tickets can also be bought in Gosport at The Brewpot, in North Cross Street, and Queens Hotel, in Queens Road.

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Tickets will not be posted but will instead be ready for visitors to pick up on the day.