Brewers to battle it out for top awards at Cape Town Festival of Beer

The annual Cape Town Festival of Beer, now in its eighth year, will once again award a number of the best beers on show. Brewers in attendance will all be vying for top honours in the seven categories: Best Lager, Best Hoppy Beer, Best Beer on Show, Best Dark Beer, Best Speciality Beer, Best Wheat Beer and Best Cider.

The judging process will be carried out by independent group South Yeasters, a homebrewers club consisting of beer enthusiasts based in Cape Town. All judges will be Beer Judge Certification Program (BJCP) qualified – an internationally recognised program. The judging panel will be a combination of beer experts, beer enthusiasts and home brewers.

“The importance of winning these awards at the Cape Town Festival of Beer is really to alert the consumer to your brand, your beer, or even the style of beer that you’ve put out and it causes them to come to your stand,” said Head Brewer of Devil’s Peak Brewery, JC Steyn, who took home two awards in 2016, including Best Beer on Show.

“For us it’s not just about slapping a sticker on a bottle and selling it in a retail store; it’s about showing those 10 000 people attending the Cape Town Festival of Beer that we’ve produced something special and it tells them to come to our stand out of the 60-odd on offer. It says to them that this is a good beer, that they’re going to get a unique experience, and that’s just going to ignite the fire of Devil’s Peak within them.

In an industry becoming more and more competitive by the year, the awards set apart the best of the best.

“There are so any different beers and different producers, why would they [festivalgoers] come to us? So the award gets them to our stand and then once they are there, it allows us to show them the other beers we have on offer too,” Steyn added.

Festivalgoers can expect to taste a range of Devil’s Peak beers, among 60 other breweries, as they all push the boundaries of beer in the hopes of winning one of the seven awards on offer.

“I’m not going to give too much away as to what we’ll be bringing this year, I’ll keep that as a surprise. But once again we’ll be bringing a whole bunch of stuff that has never been tried before,” concluded Steyn.

2016 award winners

Best Lager: Alpha Lager
Best Hoppy Beer: Devil’s Peak Grapefruit Express IPA
Best on Show: Devil’s Peak Grapefruit Express IPA 
Best Dark Beer: Fuller’s Black Cab Stout 
Best Specialty Beer: La Trappe Dubbel 
Best Cider: Sxollie Granny Smith 
Best Wheat: CBC Krystal Weiss 
Best Stand: Beer Country and Fraser’s Folly

Date: 1 - 3 December 2017

Venue: Hamilton’s Rugby Club, Green Point
Cost: Standard ticket: R150 per person
Year-End Party Hospitality ticket (shared table): R500 per person.
Bookings can be made on www.webtickets.co.za or by contacting bookings@capetownfestivalofbeer.co.za

Cape Town Festival of Beer to offer largest selection of ciders to date

The Cape Town Festival of Beer has grown tremendously in the past eight years. While the primary focus of The Festival remains beer, there will be a larger focus on ciders this year. Cideries from across the country and possibly abroad, will join the Cape Town Festival of Beer to add variety and treat festivalgoers to some of the best commercially available ciders on the market.

“While the beer industry is steadily growing, more recently we’ve seen a boom in the cider industry with what we call cideries, establishing themselves in the market,” said Cape Town Festival of Beer co-founder Martin Tucker. “We’re excited to offer festivalgoers a wider variety of ciders than ever before. It’s grown to the extent that we’ve recently even added an award specifically for Best Cider.”

Festivalgoers can look forward to tasting a number of ciders on offer, many of which will be in styles they may never have tried before. Sxollie Ciders, Cluver & Jack and Everson’s Cider are a few popular names expected to attend, while Birkenhead’s brand new cider range and the cutting edge ciders from Little Wolf will add to the increasing cider offering at the Cape Town Festival of Beer. Top breweries such as Little Wolf, Birkenhead and Alpha, are becoming increasingly involved in the cider section of the market.

“I think for us on the cider front, we have our two standard ciders, but we are looking to push the envelope and do some barrel aged ciders and some fruit infused ciders,” said Alpha Head Brewer JC Steyn. “In the US there are a bunch of different ciders. Even following beer trends – guys are trying dry-hopped, saison or spiced cider styles… so we’ll definitely be doing that in this area and looking at what consumers are looking for. Obviously it will take a little bit of education, but we’re used to that.”

With an increasing cider offering, the variety will be wider than ever at the 2017 Cape Town Festival of Beer, with festivalgoers guaranteed to taste a number of ciders and cider styles never experienced before.

Date: 1 - 3 December 2017

Venue: Hamilton’s Rugby Club, Green Point
Cost: Standard ticket: R150 per person
Year-End Party Hospitality ticket (shared table): R500 per person.
Bookings can be made on www.webtickets.co.za or by contacting
bookings@capetownfestivalofbeer.co.za

Cape Town Festival of Beer sets up camp, Just Like Papa

Outdoor adventurers and stockists of quality outdoor equipment, Just Like Papa (JLP), will make their debut at this year’s Cape Town Festival of Beer. Festivalgoers are in for a treat as JLP will set up camp and create the ultimate outdoor space to enjoy an ice-cold beer.

To announce their participation, Just Like Papa are offering one lucky Cape Town Festival of Beer ticket holder and two friends the ride of a lifetime by experiencing the incredible Mercedes-Benz AMG 6X6 in true Just Like Papa style. The prize includes a full day off-road experience in the Atlantis dunes, including continental breakfast, a picnic lunch and refreshments. All Cape Town Festival of Beer ticket holders will be entered into the competition to stand a chance of winning, while corporate hospitality ticket holders for the Friday of the event will be entered twice.

To enter, simply purchase a ticket to the 2017 Cape Town Festival of Beer today via www.webtickets.co.za. All tickets purchased before Monday, 27 November, will be entered into the competition. The winner will be announced on Tuesday, 28 November. For full terms and conditions, see below.

“Just Like Papa is all about quality outdoor equipment and experiences,” says Thomas Ferreira, co-founder of Just Like Papa. “We’re very excited to bring a taste of the Just Like Papa brand to the Cape Town Festival of Beer. Festivalgoers can look forward to an interactive stand where they can enjoy their ice-cold beer on top of our renovated 4X4 Synchro, take a closer look at the Mercedes-Benz AMG 6X6, or challenge their friends to log rolling. We will also have a great selection of quality Just Like Papa products on show and for sale, including beer growlers, the latest Stanley products and much more.
“The 6X6 off-road experience we’re giving away in the build-up to the festival really is a once in a lifetime experience and we look forward to hosting the winners,” added Ferreira.

About Just Like Papa

Just Like Papa is an adventure company based in Cape Town. They offer all the tools necessary to make life in the city feel more like the great outdoors. JLP are a premium outdoor store focusing on products that are high on quality and purpose. For more on Just Like Papa, visit www.justlikepapa.com

Date: 1 - 3 December 2017

Venue: Hamilton’s Rugby Club, Green Point
Cost: Standard ticket: R150 per person
Year-End Party Hospitality ticket (shared table): R500 per person.
Bookings can be made on www.webtickets.co.za or by contacting bookings@capetownfestivalofbeer.co.za

Competition Rules and Terms and Conditions:

  1. Prize includes a Mercedes-Benz AMG 6X6 off-road experience including continental breakfast, picnic lunch and refreshments for winner and two friends.
  2. The prize must be redeemed between February 2018 and April 2018.
  3. Winner must be 18 years or older.
  4. The prize can only be redeemed in the Western Cape. The prize does not include travel or accommodation to the Western Cape.
  5. The prize is not redeemable for cash.
  6. The event date is weather dependent
  7. Just Like Papa, Cape Town Festival of Beer and their agencies accept no responsibility for injury.
  8. All Cape Town Festival of Beer tickets purchased before 12am on Monday 27 November will be entered into the competition. The winner will be randomly selected and announced on Tuesday, 28 November.
  9. The winner will be contact via email and all of the necessary arrangements will be communicated at that time.
  10. This competition is open to all residents of the Republic of South Africa except any person who is a director, member, partner, employee or agent of, or consultant to the promoter or any other person who directly or indirectly controls or is controlled by, the promoter; or a supplier of goods or services in connection with the competition.
  11. Cape Town Festival of Beer reserves the right to vary, suspend, postpone or terminate the competition and any prizes, or any aspect thereof, for any reasons whatsoever and without notice. In such event, you hereby waive any rights or expectations which you may have against Cape Town Festival of Beer and acknowledge that you will not have any recourse or claim of any nature against Cape Town Festival of Beer.

Do the Festival of Beer in style – book your VIP ticket now

Do the Festival of Beer in style – book your VIP ticket now

Saturday at the Cape Town Festival of Beer has become the highlight of beer enthusiasts’ calendars across South Africa. The day sees masses flock to Hamilton’s Rugby Club to enjoy live music, world class food stalls and some of the best beers available.

The Festival will offer over 200 beers, from more than 60 breweries. Now in its eighth year, The Festival has decided to create a unique offering and experience for the 10,000 thirsty beer fans that visit the Festival over the three days. On Saturday, in addition to regular tickets, The Festival is offering an exclusive VIP experience.

The VIP package includes a beer glass, meal voucher, five beer vouchers, exclusive table and seating area, and easy access to live entertainment. This area is the hub of The Festival, located centrally, directly in front of the main stage, and ensures that you can always roam The Festival, hopping from brewery to brewery, knowing that you can return to a comfortable seat and table. If sitting on the grass, eating on your lap or jumping up and down to catch a glimpse of the live band isn’t your thing, there’s only one way to do The Festival in style – that’s the VIP way.

So book your tickets on Webtickets or secure your VIP package by contacting bookings@capetownfestivalofbeer.co.za.

Date: 2 December 2017
Venue: Hamilton’s Rugby Club, Green Point
Cost: Standard ticket: R150
VIP ticket (shared table): R500
VIP package (table of eight): R4000

VIP includes:
* 60+ breweries in attendance
* 200+ beers on offer
* Selection of ciders and wine on offer
* Artisan food trucks
* Easy access to live entertainment
* 1 free glass (per guest)
* 5 five beer vouchers (per guest)
* 1 meal voucher (per guest)
* Exclusive area with table and seating

For more info, follow The Festival on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram

A Festival of Beer for the Whole Family

Yep, you read correctly: this one’s for whole family. Now in its eighth year The Cape Town Festival of Beer is a three-day Festival celebrating all things beer and offering the widest range of commercially available beers in the Southern Hemisphere. The Festival offers more than 200 beers, from more than 60 brewers around South Africa and abroad.

Sunday, which is the final day of The Festival, is geared for the whole family. While Friday will play host to year-end office parties and people hitting the taps after work, Saturday is always the busiest day of The Festival. This makes Sunday the ideal day for families. The Festival has a ‘slower’ feel to it, brewers have recovered from the Saturday rush and typically enjoy having more time to chat while they fill your glass with their prized brew.

While couples enjoy an ice cold beer, cider, or even glass of wine, they can kick back and enjoy the live entertainment while their kids play in the kiddies brought in especially for them. In addition to live music, there will be a range of artisan food trucks offering a wide selection of foods. Lunch has never been easier!

And the best part is that kids under the age of 12 are allowed free entrance.

So book your tickets on Webtickets and kick off the festive season with a Festival for the whole family.

Date: 3 December 2017
Venue: Hamilton’s Rugby Club, Green Point
Cost: Adults: R100
Children 12 to 17: R50
Children under 12: Free

Includes:
* 60+ breweries in attendance
* 200+ beers on offer
* Selection of ciders and wine on offer
* Artisan food trucks
* Live entertainment
* Children’s area
* Children’s entertainment

For more info, follow The Festival on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram