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There are some British traditions that are well worth savouring – and one of those is the great British pint of beer.

Whether crispy golden ales, hoppy brews, or traditional stout or porter, no-one does it quite like us, which is why we’ll be raising a glass to the return of the Portsmouth Beer Festival in 2013.

The event was dropped by Portsmouth Cultural Trust in 2011 because of dwindling profits, which was a great shame as each year the visitors to the festival not only enjoyed themselves by tasting beers from around the country but helped raise thousands for charity.

However, hiring the Guildhall proved too costly.

So after a year off, the Campaign for Real Ale has found a new venue at the University of Portsmouth’s Students’ Union and the event will be back on a date to be confirmed next year.

This is great news. It’s always sad to see annual events like the beer festival bite the dust, and with the rising interest in traditionally-made beers showing no sign of waning, it’s an area which can only be a boon to the city.

It has been noticed for several years that many beer are eschewing industrially-brewed lagers and are choosing more crafted drinks.

So not only is the festival a great chance for a get-together, and a way of boosting charity coffers, but it helps showcase the various breweries we have in the area and their wares.

Plus, it gets people into the city.

People will travel for an event like a beer festival and if only 10 per cent of them make a return journey to the city, it’s a big help to businesses.

Camra social secretary Graham Church says he can’t wait to see the return of the festival. And we echo that.

So we say let’s make the 2013 Portsmouth Beer Festival the best yet. We’ll let you know when it is and you can put the date in your diary.

Then we can all make sure the charities enjoy a bumper year.