Portchester Community Centre is pleased to announce that we will once again be holding our Cider and Sausage Festival on 21st October 2017. Join us for an evening of good drink, delicious food and entertainment from non other than DAVE BARRETT!!!!!
The festival doors will open at 4pm and will host a selection of the finest ciders and perrys and also delicious sausages served with mash and onion gravy.
Tickets will be on sale at Portchester Community Centre in the next few weeks and we are now able to accept payment by card over the phone on 02392 321787.
Today it all started coming together. The Community Centre was ripe with the smell of real ale which managed to reach reception by the time most of us left today!
All our casks are present and correct, labelled, tapped and settled for the morning.
The Prosecco Cart is fully assembled and waiting to be put in its place in the main hall ready for the morning. All it needs are the glasses and chilled bottles, that are all waiting in the fridge.
Roll on tomorrow when all our hard work can be enjoyed by our lovely ticket holders! Don't forget we want to hear about your day via our Twitter, Facebookor our website. Lets get #portchesterbeerfestival trending.
Today we saw delivery of all our cask ales and the cask racks thanks to Irvings & Co Brewers & The Botley Brewery and Upham Brewery for their prompt deliveries. Our normally mundane Park Room was transformed into a 24 cask super bar within 2 hours. We had a great team today who volunteered their time to get the racks built and loaded.
The spiling was completed and there was a bit of spray from the more lively barrels (ceiling painting may be in order again this year and I think dear reader, as it was my barrel that decided to spray, it will be me doing the painting!) Must say a huge thank you to the Delme Arms and The Wicor Mill pubs for supplying us with the spiles as otherwise it couldn't have happened!
Tomorrow is tapping day with Ben from Upham Brewery who has kindly offered his time to do this for us. I'm sure there will be no more ceiling or wall spraying from this professional!
I left the Community Centre today smelling like a back street pub thanks to some lively casks which shall remain nameless, but apparently beer is good for the hair so I wont complain too much! I can't wait to sample a few of these from a glass on Saturday.
The Prosecco Bar canopy is now finished and ironed and ready to be fitted tomorrow. I have it on great authority that there are some bottles chilling from tonight.
We will have a limited amount of evening tickets available on the door on Saturday so if you are still undecided about coming, you may well be lucky enough to get one. Failing that the Community Centre will be open tomorrow and Friday as usual to take cash, cheque or card transactions for ticket sales and don't forget we can now also take card payments over the phone.
We are now accepting card payments over the telephone for ticket bookings at Portchester Community Centre! If you are unable to get to us to collect, then we will hold your tickets and they will be available on the day. Call the centre on 023 92 321 787 to book now! Please note we will be closed bank holiday Monday and open as usual on Tuesday
There is only 1 week to go until the Portchester Beer Festival opens it's doors! This past week has seen a flurry of activity here at the community centre.
The Prosecco cart is getting it dressing of a smart canopy ready for the day, so if you are planning to drop into the centre this weekend for those all important tickets, you may just get a glimpse of it.
The programme, jam packed with all our lovely sponsor adverts, has gone to print and we are eagerly awaiting delivery next week.
On Thursday 13th April, Carol and Katie appeared on That's TV Solent to promote the festival and talk about its history. As soon as they release a video on YouTube it will be put up for you all to see!
Monday saw us take delivery of some delicious cider from Meon Valley Cider and we are ready for more deliveries this week. Its like a very boozy Christmas for us here! Here is another 5 of our selection available on the day:
We are now on the home straight, with THREE WEEKS to go!!! Tickets are selling fast so please avoid disappointment and buy in advance from either Portchester Community Centre or our ticket selling pubs (full list on the home page)
As promised we said we would give you a sneak preview of some of the ales and ciders on offer to wet your appetite before the big day.
This year we have been lucky enough to partner with some great local brewing companies who are doing their thing all over the South. The Botley Brewery ale and Meon Valley Cider are jumping on board this year supplying us with some of their fairs and also Irving & Co Brewers who are once again sponsoring our festival glasses.
After a lot of deliberation (and not enough tasting for our liking!!) The beer selection is finally done!! We can confirm there is a good all round mix of ales and there will be something to suit even the most hardened of drinker.
Over the next month we will post a sneak preview of our list, to give you an idea of what to expect.
But for now here is a list of some of the breweries we have sourced from:
We have been busy busy busy in preparation for the Beer Festival! This week we took delivery of our Bar Cart for the Prosecco Bar. It is now waiting to be painted and dressed in time for the big day. Adrian has been busy selecting our cask ales with Irvings Brewery and there will be a sneak peak at what will be available as soon as the list has been finalised. We have casks coming in from the lovely people at Upham Brewery and Botley Brewery and our Cider order with Lilley's has been put in.
A massive shout out and Thank You to Upham Brewery who have kindly offered to lend us their regional manager to tap all of our casks in the run up to the Saturday and we are all excited to learn a thing or two about the finer details of this process!
Finally tickets are selling fast, so to avoid disappointment please pop into the community centre or to one of our ticket sellers to get your tickets in advance.
You can buy tickets from the following venues:
Portchester Community Centre
The Cormorant Pub
The Delme Arms
The Sir Loin of Beer
The Rose In June
This year we are welcoming for the first time The Bootlegs to our Afternoon Session. The popular Portsmouth cover band will be entertaining us with their mix of jukebox favourites, guaranteed to get you up and dancing the afternoon away!
Festival favourites The Pompey Pluckers will be back for our Evening Session to fill the venue with their wonderful mix of ukulele music.
Welcome to the new home of Portchester Beer Festival!
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Tickets are on sale now from the following venues:
Portchester Community Centre - Portchester
The Cormorant - Portchester
The Delme Arms - Fareham
The Rose In June - Milton
The Sir Loin Of Beef - Southsea