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November 16, 2010

Kick off the summer season at the Cape Town Festival of Beer

Festival of Beer

Photo courtesy Robert Cox

A Capetonian’s calendar is marked with all sorts of events – from Kirstenbosch Summer Sunset Concerts and Cape Town Fashion Week to the J&B Met. The city’s residents are certainly spoilt for choice.

This November, be sure to add the Cape Town Festival of Beer to your growing list of events and activities.

While a delicious red or white wine is usually the darling of alcohol consumption in the city – the Cape is renowned for its fantastic vineyards in Constantia, Stellenbosch and Franschhoek – beer lovers know that their best beverage is a strong contender for the top title, and has as long a history in the Mother City.

The Cape’s brewing culture dates back to the 1600s, and while Dutch and European settlers laid the foundations for vast alcohol production facilities, indigenous groups are also known for brewing maize beer.

Years and years of dedicated craftsmanship will be on show at the festival, which takes place from November 25 to 27 on the fields of Hamilton Football Rugby Club in Green Point, and a collection of micro, home and big-name brewers will be gathered. The festival will also feature food, entertainment and live coverage of the final Springbok clash of the year.

Entrance is R50, but six lucky 567 CapeTalk listeners can each win a free ticket to the city’s first Festival of Beer. Simply answer the following question: What has been your best beer experience?
Tune into CapeTalk today, November 16, when festival organiser Martin Tucker will be on hand to tell us more about what to expect.

For a season of summer fun and the best tasting ales available well beyond the festival, head to the Mother City’s pubs and restaurants.

Mitchell’s Waterfront Brewery, an English-style pub located in the oldest building in the V&A Waterfront, and The Dubliner at Kennedy’s, an authentic Irish pub which features live music, are popular spots to sink a cold one.

Why not also try Springbok Pub, located near Newlands Rugby Stadium, Cape to Cuba in Kalk Bay, and Noordhoek’s own Toad in the Village.

If you’re drinking, however, do so responsibly. By all means, enjoy yourself this summer, but remember that driving under the influence is strictly prohibited, as is drinking and walking, and drinking on Cape Town’s beaches.

There are excellent transport services available to take you home after a night on the town: Rikki’s (who can be contacted at +27 (0)861 745 547) are a safe, popular and affordable option, as are Sea Point Original Radio Taxis (contactable at +27 (0)21 447 4444). Excite Taxis (contactable at +27 (0)21 418 4444) run a 24-hour metred service.

For more details about the Cape Town Festival of Beer, visit www.capetown.travel or www.capetownfestivalofbeer.co.za.

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