Chance to taste real ales at Southsea pub

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PUNTERS are being urged to get their ale tasting skills ready for National Cask Ale Week.

The event, which starts this Saturday until October 9, aims to encourage people to swap their lagers and spirits for a real ale.

Jon McKerracher, 41, landlord of Hole In The Wall, in Great Southsea Street, Southsea, is gearing up for the beer celebration.

The pub is holding its fifth ale festival to mark the week, organised by Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) and Cask Marque. Fifty ales will be offered on rotation until next Sunday.

Beer drinkers will get to sample brews featuring Jaipur, from Thornbridge Brewery and Brewers Gold, brewed by Crouch Vale. Brewers Gold won the Champion Beer of Britain award in 2005 and 2006. Jon, landlord of Hole In The Wall for the last five years, said: ‘It’s a great chance for people to try beers that aren’t normally available here.’