As we all know that its Beer Appreciation Season! Riding on the legacy of the internationally acclaimed German Beer Fest’ South Africa also seems to have a very busy beer calender at this time of year. I attended the Media Launch of one of the festivals this past Wednesday, The Joburg Festival of Beer collaborated with SAB World of beer to bring another installment of the annual festival. Contrary to popular belief that the beer world is divided into Craft/Artisan Beer (Micro-breweries) vs Commercial Beer Brands (Mega-breweries). This collaboration has debunked the myth that these 2 worlds are at loggerheads. The art of brewing beer stems from the same passion, and what we can be thankful for is the variety we have come to see on our shelves thanks to the growth of passionate beer makers.
The event was filled with a great deal of stimuli, the tour, the beer tasting and the food and beer pairing. Taste buds were set alight and awakened to new tastes. I was also fascinated by Brewhog’s Apiwe Nxusani, the woman really knows her beer story. http://brewhogs.co.za/
1. Joburg Festival Of Beer
Joburg Festival of Beer which takes place on the 27th and 28th September at Pirates Sports Club in Greenside
Dates: Sat 27th and Sun 28th September
Venue: Pirates Sports Club, Greenside, Braeside Street
Time: Sat 10am until 10pm, Sun 10am until 7pm
Tickets: are R150 from www.webtickets.co.za and R50 for kids to enjoy the kiddies play areas and jumping castle under watchful eyes of child minders.
2. SOWETO – Unfiltered…Unplugged Craft Beer, Cider and Music Festival
This festival is taking place on the 18th – 19th October 2014. Its the 1st of its kind in Soweto, and aspires to be an annual event on the craft beer festival calender. Josef Smchid promises a great weekend of fun, food, beer and music.
Joburg’s thirsty thrill seekers will flock to this two-day craft market and township eatery destination. Tourists visiting Joburg seeking an exciting, authentic and dynamic, South African township experience are sure to also frequent the event. The same is true for thirsty suburbanites keen to experience the vibrancy of the iconic township over the weekend.
Soweto Gold will also be opening a permanent Beer Garden at the end of this month, where one can lounge around, drink awesome craft beer and enjoy live music from their House Band called ‘ Soweto Golden Sounds’ with their Jazz, Soul and Blues tunes.
The event is at Ubuntu Kraal, where Soweto Gold Breweries are located, I have no doubt it will be a hit. I’m absolutely looking forward to it. More details on the event and ticket prices. http://www.quicket.co.za/events/5961-soweto-unfilteredunplugged-craft-beer-cider-music-festival/. Book early to avoid disappointment.
3. Sandton Craft Beer Fair.
The 3rd installment of the Sandton Craft Beer Fair, will be at The Sands in Sandton. If you cannot get enough of craft beer and gourmet grub, make sure to not miss this out. Along with the beer and food, there will be live music to add to the experience.
Right in the heart of Sandton, this brilliantly located venue prepares itself for the influx of beer lovers, foodies and friends by setting up marquees, bars, grass areas and seating accommodating for up to 2000 people per day. Tickets available on http://thesands.nutickets.co.za/Beerfest2 .
Please note that we all need to be responsible drinkers, cab services are available. Lets not indulge and drive.
Happy Beer Festivities.
Matsela Moshokoa (lifestyle consultant)