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November 29, 2010

Cape Town Festival of Beer goes down well

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Photos by Deon Gurling

The Cape Town Festival of Beer, which was held at Hamilton’s Rugby Football Club in Green Point on Friday and Saturday, entertained thousands of beer lovers with some excellent local and international brews, as well as some top notch live music.

The festival was a great opportunity for beer drinkers to become acquainted with a few new brands. Camelthorn, a beer brewed in Namibia, was one of the more popular discoveries.

Springbok rugby fans had much to cheer about on Saturday afternoon, after their team’s surprise victory against England at Twickenham in London. Visitors from England and other parts of the United Kingdom also had much to smile about, however, with the beers being much cheaper in South Africa than they would be back home.

Alan Murray from Glasgow in Scotland said: “In the UK you would pay more than four quid for a bottle of Corona and I see here they’re only asking R18, which is less than two pounds!” Summing up the festival, he said: “It’s a good setting here with the stadium on the one side and Table Mountain on the other.”

Beer drinkers visiting Cape Town can take a tour of the South African Breweries factory in Newlands. Booking at least a week in advance is essential and can be done by phoning +27 (0)21 658 7511.

One of Cape Town’s most popular beer drinking spots is the Paulaner Bräuhaus, which is situated next to the Clock Tower at the V&A Waterfront.

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