What’s on: Cape Town Festival of Beer
There are a host of breweries getting involved, including SAB, Robsons, Brewers & Union, Brew Dog, Gallows Hill, Triggerfish, Camelthorn, Darling Brewery, Bavaria, Corona, Napier, Jack Black, Paulaner, Mitchells, Royal Mzansi, Devils Peak Brewing, Fosters, Erdinger, Liefmans, Oettinger, Cobra, Tiger, Singha, Duvel, Maredsous, Valentines and many more. Phew.
Some beer trivia (because we do so love random information):
SAB: This is the second year that SAB will be involved at the Cape Town Festival of Beer. What many people forget is that SAB was once a small independent brewer, similar to most of the brewers showing at the festival. SAB are committed to supporting the passion of the craft and value the opportunity to interact with small brewers and the industry as a whole. SAB will also be representing two of their breweries, Newlands and Fransen Street.
Darling Brewery: The Darling Brew design was inspired by the geometric tortoise, which is found only in the Western Cape and the Kalahari and is extremely rare. This tortoise captures the uniqueness and the unhurried character that is Darling Brew.
Camelthorn: The first beer was tapped on 8/8/2009 exactly one year after acquiring a brewing licence, the first Namibian brewer to be awarded since the 1920’s. The company now boasts 5 different beers and an occasional seasonal delight.
Brew Dog: Are dedicated to making cool, contemporary and progressive beers showcasing some of the world’s classic beer styles. All with an innovative twist and customary Brew Dog bite.
Triggerfish: Local craft brewery focusing on brewing exceptional ales. The product range is growing and consists of 6 staple beers and a host of seasonal and one off “wild” beers. “Wild” beers refer to beers with flavours that most local beer drinkers have never experienced.
Paulaner: All Paulaner beers offered in the brewhouse are brewed on site in unadulterated form according to the “Rheinheitsgebot” (German purity law) of 1516. Whether light or dark: all Paulaner beers are always tapped fresh and with lots of fizz.
Napier: Three men and a beer! Brewed naturally on the outskirts of the village, Napier beer has become firmly established as a favourite of locals and visitors alike and is most certainly a case of ‘local is lekker’.
Robson’s: South Africa’s Original Bottle -Conditioned Beers. Shongweni Brewery is nestled in the Valley of a Thousand Hills, in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. Motivated by the variety of beers produced around the world Robson’s set out to create our own handcrafted beer, using only the finest ingredients, natural processes, and no artificial additives.
Cape Town Tourism have given it the upward thumb and it promises to be a fun weekend with tastings, demonstrations, specialist food stalls, braai competitions, live entertainment, Oompah Bands and more.
You can book tickets online at through Webtickets or head to Cape Town Festival of Beer for more information. The people behind this are also on Twitter (@CTfestofbeer) so say hi to them and maybe you can get a free ticket. Stranger things have happened.