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Ale Mary! Church turns to beer brewing to raise funds

Saint Catherine's church in Brussels is turning to Belgium's brewing tradition to raise funds for renovation work

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Ale Mary! Church turns to beer brewing to raise funds

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Churches and beer are not things that go hand in hand these days, but one church in Belguim turned to the country’s age-old brewing tradition to fund renovation work.

Saint Catherine’s church in Brussels was suffering due to dwindling attendance, so Father Jeremie Schaub, the Roman Catholic priest, partnered with a local brewery to create a signature brew.

Strong and fruity, the Ste Kat’ pale ale is to be sold in the church shop and will also be available at restaurants and cafes in the canalside docks quarter.

Profits from the special brew will help restore the 19th-century building.

“You could say that it’s an image of the church, that it’s effervescent, full of life,” said Schaub.