November 19, 2013
Cape Town Festival of Beer 2013: 22-24 November at Hamilton’s Rugby Club
Natalie Roos’ body was born in Johannesburg… but her soul was always Capetonian. At the age of 14, Natalie started work in the television industry, presenting popular local kids TV show, KTV. Ten years and another TV job later (presenting celebrity gossip show JIP on Afrikaans music channel MK), Natalie made the move down to Cape Town where she started her blog, Tails of a Mermaid (www.tailsofamermaid.com). Her love for the internet and all things communication-driven became a natural progression to a career in Social Media, where she worked in an agency managing the online presence, content and reputation of various brands.
Natalie’s passions include cats, communication and Cape Town.
Beer enthusiasts can look forward to a weekend of being spoilt for choice as the Cape Town Festival of Beer once again hits Cape Town this weekend, the 22nd-34th of November at Hamilton's Rugby club in Greenpoint. With over 200 beers on offer, you might have to pace yourself to get through everything you've been meaning to taste.
Tickets include a beer passport and all tastings are free, save for a few expensive and exclusive internationals. At the festival you'll find local and international brewers, home, craft and mega brewers as well as brewing demonstrations, best beer awards, food and beer pairings and guided beer tours. For those with a competitive nature, this year sees the introduction of the GIANT beer pong competition - with enormous balls and 1.5m high glasses!
From the organisers:
Brewers to look forward to at the Cape Town Festival of Beer
Lakeside Beerworks: Set in the picturesque Kommetjie Valley, Lakeside Beerworks prides itself on being a naturally brewed and honest beer, produced from only the finest ingredients. Every beer that goes out under the Lakeside name is made in the true spirit of craft. Stretch your palate with their malty American Pale Ale, subtle roasted caramel Red Ochre Ale and banana/bubblegum Hefeweizen beer at the festival this year.
Triggerfish: Triggerfish brewing, situated just outside Somerset West, grew out of brewer Eric van der Heerden’s simple passion and hobby for beer and homebrewing in 2007 and took a leap into full grain brewing with 3 breweries to try it himself. Triggerfish Brewing has become a respected brand in the Western Cape with a focus on brewing exceptional ales. Their craft beer line-up includes 6 staple beers, with plenty of seasonal and once off brews, like the Kraken, a 1000 IBU beer, the bitterest ever made in Africa.
Devils Peak Brewing: As the name suggests, this Cape Town based microbrewery combines tastes from the US and Belgium with an injection of Mother City flair. Expect rich flavour and plenty of character in their Woodhead Amber Ale, Kings Blockhouse IPA, First Light Golden Ale and Silvertree Saison, all on exhibit at the Festival.
Robson’s Beer: Not only the part-owner of the brewery that produces the award winning beer Robson’s Beer, Donn Stewart is also a passionate advocate of responsible drinking and will be cycling a massive 1972kms from the Shongweni in KZN to the Cape Town Festival of Beer to raise awareness around his cause. Be sure to stop by to hear about his travels and grab one of 100 special edition Double Indian Pale Ale which will be auctioned at the Festival with funds going to the South Africans Against Drunk Drivers association.
For those with a taste for international beer do not miss the Belgian Beers, Celis White and Carolus Gouden Classic, which both won awards at the Festival of Beer in Joburg this year.
Get your tickets
Pre-sale tickets include a beer glass and are R120 and are available from www.webtickets.co.za. Student tickets are R100 on display of a valid student card.
Secure your spot by booking a table for R500 and seat up to 10 people.Book in advance at firstname.lastname@example.org.