Tickets Now On Sale ~ Meat & Barrel & The Beer Musketeer

Tickets are now on sale at Meat & Barrel and The Beer Musketeer with no booking fee!
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We’re Back This Christmas!

Excitement is building for the next hosting of the Portsmouth Christmas Beer Festival at Portsmouth Guildhall on Friday 15th & Saturday 16st December 2017.

Festive Beers will be featured from local breweries as well as from around the UK. A large variety of ales will feature to suit the season, but fear not there will still be a fine selection of the regular favourites to choose from.

The Craft Beer bar will return with a host of top quality draught beers from some of the country’s top breweries. “The rise of craft beer has been phenomenal over the past few years, and it’s something we had to include in our offering.  We like to be able to offer all the traditional hallmarks of a beer festival, but with the addition of the modern expectations of the discerning beer drinkers.  The choice nowadays is huge and we like to celebrate that at Portsmouth Beer Festival as much as possible”.

Brand new additions for 2017 will see a gin bar added to the Christmas edition of the beer festival.   With a wide-ranging audience demographic and an ever-increasing female attendance, we’ve stretched our range to cater for a big variance in tastes.  The Prosecco bar has been very well received in past events and will be returning to feature alongside the brand-new wine bar.  Gin has also seen a huge rise in popularity in recent times and made it’s debut back at the May Beer festival with different long mix drinks available as well as the good old fashioned Gin & Tonic.  The Gins will be served with all the matching botanicals and mixers with a Gin expert on hand to advise the perfect pours!

This year sees The Thunder Foundation return as the chosen charity. The Thunder Foundation was set up in 2012 by Raad Swais to raise awareness of the daily struggles which some of the poorest children in Kenya face in order to survive.

We’ll have another outstanding line up of live music, all to be announced shortly!

And finally there will also be the usual foodie favourites to help wash down the beers including a hog roast, BBQ and pizza!



Portsmouth Beer Festival – Christmas Sessions 2016

We are thrilled to announce our favourite festive event the Portsmouth Beer Festival will return on the 16th & 17th December!

The Christmas Beer Festival will be brimming with festive cheer and of course, plenty of beer. There will be over 100 cask ales available to tickle your taste buds and ensure you’re pint is forever flowing with seasonal spirit. There will also be a cider bar serving a selection of cider including mulled cider for those after a winter warmer.

Each session will have music to get merry too! Friday night Chic & Nile Rodgers tribute Le Freak to get the festive feelings flowing, Saturday Day will see soul sisters The Fliks headline and favourite tribute act Fleetingwood Mac will play the final set on Saturday evening. There will also be lots of other top acts featuring.

Chosen charity The Thunder Foundation will be at the beer festival raising funds with fun giant sized pub games. The Thunder foundation aids children in Kenya with education and has already made great advances for local children with the impressive addition of a school offering free education, uniforms, health cover and food for its students.

You will be able to find the perfect pairing for your pint in our food area. There will be vegetarian options available too!

A celebration of great beers and an evening of excellent entertainment, it’s a seasonal must! Perfect for any parties! If you consider yourself a craft beer connoisseur, just enjoy a good pint, want to celebrate your Christmas party or fancy finding a favourite beer come along to the Portsmouth Beer Festival!

Tickets are just £10.50 and include a souvenir glass, program and beer token (booking fees apply).

Tickets available at and Meat and Barrel, Southsea & Little Johnny Russells, Southsea.  More venues to be added soon!

Session times

Friday 16th December- 6-11 PM

Saturday 17th December 12-5 PM

Saturday 17th December 6-11 PM


Christmas Meat Hamper Raffle – Bransbury Park Butchers

Roll up! Roll up! How do you fancy having a jolly old drink up at the beer festival and having the chance to win a lovely joint of meat for your Christmas dinner?

Well here’s your chance.  In association with the fine chaps at Bransbury Park Butchers we’ll be hosting a Christmas meat raffle again as part of the Friday evening session.  There will be large joints of meat and whole birds along with mixed hampers and pies all presented in the style of a good old fashioned meat raffle.  Don’t forget to buy your raffle tickets on the way in!

TO BUY BEER FESTIVAL TICKETS CLICK HERE (Meat raffle tickets available on the night only)

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