Provisional Beer List Now Up!

We now have our provisional list of beers for this year’s festival available for you to view on our BEERS page.

Please note that the beers listed are subject to change and it is not the complete list.  We are working hard to source some great seasonal beers from far and wide as well as locally.  This page will be changed and updated over the next few weeks so please keep checking in.


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Sharp’s Cornish Pilsner

We’re pleased to announce for you lovers of the cold and fizzy stuff, we’ll be having World Beer Awards Best Lager Gold Winner Sharp’s Brewery Cornish Pilsner at the PortsmouthBeer Festival this year on draught.

The aroma of herbs in the summer sun, oily and hoppy. Good fruity palate. Pear drops, citrus, grapefruits and melon. Big spicy hops, full bodied with a bitter end. Refreshing and crisp.

The World Beer Awards are the global awards selecting the very best internationally recognised beer styles.

The annual tasting selects, awards and promotes the ‘World’s Best Beers’ to consumers and the trade throughout the world. Beers must be generally available and for sale in bottles or cans.

Judging is blind with regional style heats held in Asia, Europe and the Americas. All regions have their own Chairman and group of judges who select the style winners in their region. Style winners from all regions are then tasted against each other to select the World’s Best Style. From these world winners we can then select the World’s Best categories, from which the World’s Best Beer is selected.

Cornish Pilsner won its category and then beat 12 competitor lager subcategory winners to win World’s Best lager!

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Jack FM Ale

We’ve teamed up with Jack FM to promote this years festival and we’re very excited to have their Jack FM Ale on offer this year.

Brewed by the Sixpenny Brewery in Dorset, Jack FM Ale is an IPA style refreshing golden ale. Rounded malt matched with a delicate citric and spicy hop edge, good bitterness which finishes on gentle notes of lemon and elderflower.

Jack FM will also be present at the festival so make sure you pay them a visit!

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Friday Night Session – Hipshaker

The superb 60’s sounds of the Hipshaker DJs will be accompanying the rest of the line up for our Friday night session!  Expect Motown, Soul and sixties classics to compliment the line up and tee up for the headliners The Bog Rolling Stones.  We are very stoked they will be joining us!

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Electric Eden – Saturday Night Session

A welcome addition to our Saturday night session are Electric Eden!

Electric Eden are a three piece contemporary folk band from Winchester whose influences include The Dubliners, Show Of Hands, Seth Lakeman, Mad Dog McRea, The Pogues and many more.  The fiddle/guitar/mandolin/double bass trio started out as a Final Year Project with a group of friends from the University of Winchester in early 2011 and, with hard work and a little help from friends, grew into fully fledged band.

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Portsmouth Beer Festival presents – Tiny Rebel Tap Takeover at The Belle Isle

We are thrilled to announce we’ll be hosting a Tiny Rebel Tap Takeover at The Belle Isle in Southsea. Next Thursday 27th March from 5pm will see the Welsh favourites claim authority over some of the Belle Isle taps to showcase their excellent array of beers.

On cask we’ll have BEAT BOX, a 4.5% medium bodied American pale ale with a floral and then sweet citrusy hop aroma,  HANK which is a 4% Lite Pale Ale that’s packed with fruity flavour and an ultra low bitterness that tastes amazing, THE FULL NELSON, a 4.8% ‘Maori Pale Ale’, which came together after months of experimentation with a very unique hop called Nelson Sauvin from New Zealand showcasing strong grape flavours that are complimented by the sweet Munich malt and FUBAR, a 4.4% unique schizophrenic beer where you’ll face off against floral hoppy flavours up front, leading into a dry spicy bitterness on the back.

On keg we can look forward to GOLDIE LOOKIN’ ALE, a 4.5% American Pale Ale that was brewed with Newport’s finest rappers, Goldie Lookin Chain, alongside a Black IPA LOKI at 4.5% and another American Pale Ale ZOOL 4.8%.

It doesn’t end there either!  We’ve shipped in a few bottles of DIRTY STOP OUT 5% and HADOUKEN 7.4% to complete the line up.

There will be more tap takeovers from us to follow and don’t forget we’ll have tickets on sale for the festival here too as well as a chance to win a pair.  See you next week!


Brewhouse & Kitchen – Hog Roast At Portsmouth Beer Festival

A mouth watering addition to our festival food line up we’re sure you’ll agree, we’re delighted to welcome The Brewhouse & Kitchen to the festival with their hog roast!  As well as the tantalising roast pork they’ll be serving up some other meat favourites and sides whilst offering a vegetarian roasted chunky vegetable roll for the non meat eaters.

Brewhouse & Kitchen have been in Guildhall Walk for over a year now and have been a fine addition to the city’s pub scene. Brewing their own beers on site, most of which will also be featuring at the festival this year, they also have a fine food menu.  Be sure to give them a visit this year!

You can buy tickets here


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Meet The Brewer – Pete Hughes

The second addition to our Meet The Brewer line up will be Pete Hughes, head brewer at The Brewhouse & Kitchen in Guildhall Walk.

Pete started brewing at home in 2005.  In 2008 he joined the London Amateur Brewers where he met some very talented brewers. It was in that group that his brewing knowledge took a sharp increase and he started competing and winning awards in local and national home brew competitions.  In 2011 Pete passed the Beer Judging Certification Program’s entrance exam and qualified as a Certified Beer Judge and later was also accepted into The National Guild of Wine and Beer Judges. The hobby was becoming an obsession and by chance one day a friend brought in an advert for a job in a brewery, The Mighty Oak Brewing Co. in Maldon Essex. Pete applied and in Feb 2012 and got the job, starting work there as the second brewer under Dr Alexander Ratter, the very talented head brewer. Under John Boyce, the owner, and he learned about producing beer on a commercial scale and couldn’t quite believe that he had turned a hobby into a job. After 9 months there Pete spotted an ad for the Head Brewer job at Brewhouse & Kitchen and decided to apply.  After speaking to Simon Bunn and doing a trial brew with Mark Wainright, Pete got the job. This brought him to where he is today, making beer and making friends in Portsmouth, loving every minute of it!



Meet The Brewer – Malcolm Irving

For all beer geeks and connoisseurs we’re pleased to announce we’re holding a couple of Meet The Brewer talks during our Saturday afternoon session.  Malcolm Irving of Irving & Co. Brewers will be holding a small talk and question & answer session.

Malcolm first wanted to become a brewer after it came up in a careers survey at school.  He went to Heriot Watt University in Edinburgh and earned an Honours degree in Brewing and Distilling.  His first job in Brewing was at a micro-brewery in Middlesbrough, before joining Gales Brewery in Horndean for 11.5 years in two specific posts, Quality Control Manager then Trade Quality and Packaging Brewer.  He can say with pride and some sadness he brewed the very last brew that was brewed at Horndean, Gales Last Drop.  On closure of Gales by Fullers, Malcolm set up his own brewery in Portsmouth, in late 2007.  Irving and Co Brewers Ltd started brewing and produce 5 different beers all year round with monthly seasonals and some interesting festival specials.  Currently supplying about 30 pubs on a permanent basis and another 60 or so occasionally as guest beer stockists.

We’ll hopefully have another brewer or two to announce shortly who will be joining Malcolm for the session. Cheers!

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