Southsea pub gears up for 10-day ale festival

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A POPULAR Southsea pub is gearing up for a 10-day beer festival showcasing the finest brews from London.

Ale lovers will be treated to 50 brews from breweries across the UK’s capital at The Hole In The Wall, in Great Southsea Street.

The occasion starts on Friday, September 30, and runs through to the following Sunday.

The annual beer bash has been running for about 10 years and pub landlord Jonathan McKerracher says it always goes down a storm with ale lovers of all ages.

Jonathan, who co-owns The Hole In The Wall with wife Kerry McKerracher, said: ‘We try to get beers in which haven’t been seen anywhere else.

‘A lot of the breweries I haven’t even heard of before.

‘So we will likely be the first ones to get these beers in Portsmouth.

‘Our capacity is only about 50 to 60 people maximum, but we can have quite a few hundred people come through the doors during the week.’

Jonathan also said big events this year have been great for business.

And while he doesn’t expect supplies for his beer festival to run dry by the end, he anticipates most will be snapped up by thirsty guests.

He said: ‘Victorious Festival was great for us, but the one that gave us the biggest day of the year was Record Store Day in Castle Road; we were mobbed all day. But that’s only 100 yards up the road.

‘We get a lot of people of all ages. More and more young people now are getting into ales. Ale used to be classed as an old man’s drink, but it’s become quite a trendy thing now.’ The festival gets going at midday on the Friday and is free.