The Cape Town Festival of Beer returns for an eighth year, from 1-3 December 2017, with early bird tickets already on sale. As the local and international beer scene expands more each year, festivalgoers can expect to see a number of new breweries join their returning favourites. From lagers to ales, stouts to ciders and beer inventions such as hop shots, there’s something for everyone.

“Cape Town Festival of Beer is the biggest beer festival of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere,” said Martin Tucker, co-founder of CTFOB. “We have the highest number of commercially available beers of any beer festival in the country. This year we are also adding a wider range of ciders from cideries around the country.”

The festival will return to Hamilton’s Rugby Club, once again showcasing the best in food, beer and live entertainment, as it continues to cement its spot on the South African and even international beer calendar.

What’s new in 2017?

There will be a greater focus on ciders and the offering will be extensive, as the local cider industry has taken off over the past few years.

A corporate hospitality offering will be available for the Friday night, including a dedicated seating area, food and beer vouchers, dedicated host, as well as branding opportunity. Cape Town’s business set is invited to take advantage of the unique opportunity to host their year-end parties at CTFOB 2017. Corporate hospitality packages can be booked via Special discount is available for groups of more than 20 people.

While many of the now established brewers will return, there will be a number of brewers attending the festival for the first time. Everyone from the casual beer drinker to the beer sommelier will have the opportunity to sip on beers they’ve never tasted, styles they’ve never tried and to see how brewers are pushing the boundaries of beer more than ever.

CTFOB also has an established relationship with Uber, allowing attendees to travel to and from the event using a reduced rate.  

Something for everyone

This year there will be a unique feel to each of the three days of the festival, from the ideal year-end function or post-work drinks event on Friday, to a day of sports and entertainment on Saturday, and finally a day focussed on the whole family, on Sunday.

Thursday 31 November
Thursday night will kick off the event, with the traditional Brewers’ Braai, which serves as a premier networking event for SA’s leading brewers. This event is closed to the public.

Friday 1 December
This year companies are encouraged to book their year-end functions at CTFOB. Enjoy the best in beer and food on Friday night after a final week of work. Companies have the opportunity to secure their own space on the night, including a dedicated space, a host, food and beer vouchers, as well as an opportunity to brand their area. Head to Webtickets to book a corporate hospitality package. Limited spots are available.

Saturday 2 December
CTFOB offers the Saturday revellers the ultimate day (and night) out with the very best in beer, live music and entertainment, with a variety of artisan food trucks to really treat the taste buds. Special VIP packages are available for festivalgoers on the Saturday, offering beer and food vouchers, a reserved table and dedicated host. Contact to secure a VIP package.

Sunday 3 December
CTFOB offers Cape Town families a Sunday session jam-packed with family entertainment including fun for the children, artisan food trucks and beer or cider for mom and dad. 

Tickets are available at Webtickets.
Friday: R60 – R4000. Corporate table for eight starts at R4000, but the bigger the group, the bigger the discount.
Saturday: R150 – R4000. VIP table for eight at R4000.
Sunday: R100