Real ale goes down a treat at Portsmouth Beerex

  • Second Portsmouth Beerex at University of Portsmouth’s Student Union
  • More than 100 drinks were on offer
  • English wines for the first time
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TASTY beers from small local brewers went down a treat at the Camra Beer Festival.

The Campaign for Real Ale held its second Portsmouth Beerex at the University of Portsmouth’s Student Union at the weekend.

Terry Brinnen pours a pint of V.E Day ale   Picture: Sarah Standing (151562-3692)

Terry Brinnen pours a pint of V.E Day ale Picture: Sarah Standing (151562-3692)

With more than 100 ales, ciders and English wines on offer there was no surprise that it attracted thousands of thirsty beer lovers.

Beth Pritchard, 29, from Southsea, spent Saturday at the festival.

She said: ‘I love beer and we know that Camra always has the very best.

‘I like the really interesting flavours. My favourite was the Southsea mango wheat beer.

This is by far the friendlist beer festival I’ve been to – abd ui’ve been to a few

Martin Scallon

‘It was absolutely delicious.’

For the first time Camra also had English wines.

But the beers were the most popular with the hundreds of people who attended the sessions over Friday and Saturday.

Martin Scallon, 56, travelled from the Isle of Wight for the event.

He said: ‘It’s a great opportunity to try different types of beers – from local brewers to ones from across the country.

‘This is by far the friendliest beer festival I’ve been to – and I’ve been to a few.’

The event is organised by volunteers from Camra.

One of them was Martyn Constable. He said: ‘What’s behind the festival is a passion for small producers – none of the mass-produced stuff.

‘There are now so many small breweries around.

‘This year we featured Yorkshire beers too. But we have had Hampshire, Sussex and Surrey.

‘And we have had English wine for the first time this year.’

‘Each session we’ve seen about 300 people.

Entry included a commemorative glass.

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