Portsmouth pub’s first beer festival goes down a treat

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REAL ales went down a treat at a pub’s first ever beer festival.

A total of 68 different types of beer were on offer to locals at the Leopold Tavern, in Albert Road, Southsea between April 20 and 29.

Most came from local breweries, including Irving and Co Brewing, in Drayton, and the Oakleaf Brewing Company, in Gosport. Manager Ron Smith, 35, who runs the pub on behalf of landlord Stuart Ainsworth, 41, said: ‘It was extremely successful.

‘It was all about showcasing lots of local ales and expanding people’s interest in them. I hope we can do one again next year.’