Thirsty punters have an ‘ale of a time’ at Portsmouth Beer Festival

From left:  Amy Davies, Katie Mendonca, and Emma Lawley.
Picture Ian Hargreaves  (170613-1)
From left: Amy Davies, Katie Mendonca, and Emma Lawley. Picture Ian Hargreaves (170613-1)
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THIRSTY booze-lovers came in their thousands to enjoy the latest Portsmouth Beer Festival.

Guests packed into the city’s Guildhall over the weekend for the popular occasion, now in its fourth year.

This year had a bumper crop of more than 140 casks of ales on offer, as well as craft lagers and ciders from across the region – with some of the drinks coming from as far as New Zealand.

A new addition to the spectacle was a gin bar for those who didn’t fancy a beer but wanted to try something else.

And there was a lively entertainment programme to keep everyone in good spirits with 12 acts taking to the stage over the two-day bonanza.

Organisers say the event was a huge success as more than 3,000 people came through the doors.

Festival co-organiser Ben Miles, who is part of the team behind this year’s eagerly-anticipated Victorious Festival, said: ‘It’s been a really good year.

‘Portsmouth is a great city for events and people like to go out and experience good times and enjoy themselves.’

Booze-loving Scot Steve Queen, 35, of Portsmouth, has been to the festival for the past few years.

He said: ‘It’s such a warming feeling. There’s a feeling of camaraderie. It’s the experience of bumping into old and new faces that’s great.’

Samantha Baldwin, 33, of North End enjoyed the action with partner Scott Campbell.

She said: ‘This was my first time to the festival and it’s been great fun. The atmosphere was really buzzing.’

Ben added the gin bar proved a popular addition to the event.