ABV Fest Returns to Quench the Craft Beer Thirst in Belfast

A unique craft beer festival is back in Belfast for a second year. ABV Fest takes place 1-3 September and brings exceptional beer to an inspirational venue – the striking Victorian surrounds of Carlisle Memorial Church. It promises even more beer excitement this year with 5 individual sessions over 3 days and many, many great beers!

ABV Fest came about initially through the belief of the organisers that people in Northern Ireland were looking for an innovative beer festival, where the vast range of beer styles available could be showcased. At the heart of Michael Kerr, Felicia Matheson and Darren Nugent’s vision for ABV16 is a festival where great beer is sipped and shared, and where not drinking the same thing twice is to be encouraged.

Michael says, ‘Last year we showcased many exciting breweries; we hosted food and beer tastings; we challenged taste buds with bespoke beer cocktails. The response was fantastic and in the year since, it’s even clearer that people want more than just a pint. The local craft beer scene is growing rapidly, for the better. People want quality, choice and great flavour. Independent breweries are on the increase and local pubs and off-licences have been meeting customer demand for new, interesting beer.’

Felicia adds, ‘This year we’re delighted to return to yet another stunning city location. Carlisle Memorial Church is full of history and heritage – the perfect space for calm contemplation and appreciation of the greatest beer we can source. It’s part of our ethos to ensure that we showcase not only great beer, but also shine a spotlight on beautiful, unusual Belfast locations. It’s a privilege to be part of the building’s on-going regeneration.’

Darren says, ‘We sold out a month in advance last year so we’re encouraging people to book their preferred sessions early. Tickets are only available in advance online which means no door sales – book now if you don’t want to miss out! We shared great times with great people last year – there was an amazing warmth and friendliness about the festival – and we can’t wait to do it all over again. See you there!’