Belfast Telegraph

Church hosts top beer and food festival

By John Mulgrew

Some of the UK and Ireland's best brewers are due to descend on a Victorian Belfast church at the weekend for this year's ABV Beer Festival.

Those attending the beer and food event at Carlisle Memorial Church will be treated to a raft of top beers, pouring across 30 separate taps.

Now in its second year, ABV will bring brewers from Ireland, the UK and Europe for a series of special tasting sessions.

There will also be a raft of different food on offer. That will include Farm & Food, Pizza Vantastica as well as cheese from Newtownards-based Mike's Fancy Cheese.

The event had been previously held at the former Harland & Wolff drawing offices in the Titanic Quarter.

However, that building is now being turned into a new top-end hotel.

ABV is being organised by three beer fans, including Michael Kerr, Felicia Matheson and Darren Nugent.

And this year, more than 70 of the beers on offer are being poured in Northern Ireland for the very first time.

Carlisle Church lay derelict for years before being brought back to life last year. It is now run by the Belfast Buildings Trust.

Breweries paying a visit to this year's festival include London's Beavertown - which is owned by Logan Plant, son of Led Zeppelin singer Robert Plant - along with Liverpool's Mad Hatter Brewing and Donegal's Kinnegar.

The event takes place on Friday and Saturday, across four sessions.

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