Church leaders offer beer homebrewing classes, competition

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - What would Jesus brew? That question serves as the title of a heavenly homebrew competition between members of local churches, with the proceeds going towards Hospice.

Christopher McGarvey is a recent seminary school graduate as well as a cantor at St. Basil the Great Orthodox Church, and he also works at Front Street Brewery downtown.

Beginning in the spring, he will be hosting a series of brewing for beginners classes, covering the basics of brewing techniques while highlighting the relationship he says exists between Christianity and alcohol.

"Beer doesn't have to be a negative thing," said McGarvey. "It can be something to enjoy, have a good time [with] and support a good cause."

Eventually, teams will submit their beers to be judged in September, and the winner will have their beer sold on tap at Front Street Brewery.

Father Randy Green helped organize the event, and he thinks the event is a great way to bring people together.

"[The competition] is to teach moderation and to teach a way of handling spirits in an adult way, and we think it's a good way of reaching out to the community," said Green.

Classes will begin March 6 and will be held each Tuesday at Front Street Brewery, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

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