Belfast Telegraph

ABV15 beer festival brews up plenty of interest at drawing offices in Titanic Quarter

Beer fans from across Northern Ireland and beyond turned up in droves for the sold-out ABV15 festival in the historic surroundings of the former Harland & Wolff drawing offices.

Around 1,500 sampled some of the best beer the UK, Ireland and further afield has to offer, during the weekend festival in Belfast’s Titanic Quarter.

The inaugural event — the last to be held in the venue before work begins on turning the building into a hotel — also drew brews from across the UK, with a number of special beer tastings also taking place on the SS Nomadic.

And along with the beer, some of Northern Ireland’s top food producers were out to deliver a tasty accompaniment to the drinks on offer.

It was the last event held in the drawing offices before a £27m boutique hotel project gets under way.

The new festival is the brainchild of four keen individuals, photographer Michael Kerr, Co Tyrone brewer Darren Nugent, distributor Felicia Matheson and Belfast brewer Matthew Dick - co-founder of Boundary Brewing.

Michael Kerr said "we're absolutely blown away by the positive response we've had from people".

"It came about because we wanted to create the kind of beer festival we wanted to go to ourselves," he said.

"1,500 people came through the doors of the historic drawing offices at the weekend and the atmosphere was amazing. We're delighted by the range of breweries and cider producers who backed the festival.

"It's humbling how many people bought tickets and supported our efforts to do something different. We received so much goodwill from supporters and volunteers too. Belfast was definitely ready for something new and we hope that we've encouraged people to think about beer in a different way."

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