Celebrating its eighth edition, the Cape Town Festival of Beer hosted the most entertaining festival yet, with more than 10 000 attendees experiencing tasty food, live entertainment, karaoke, log rolling and of course, over 200 of the best beers available in South Africa.
Back at Hamilton’s Rugby Club for the 2017 Cape Town Festival of Beer, the event kicked off with the annual Brewers Braai as brewers from around the country gathered to prepare for the weekend, to network and to test their fellow brewers’ latest brews.
Friday saw the Festival kick off with an after-work party like no other, as festivalgoers streamed in to savour some of the best beer that South Africa, Scotland, Denmark and many others, have to offer, while artists such as Me and Mr Green had the crowd up off their feet.
Just Like Papa offered everyone the opportunity to test their balance in their specially-made log-rolling set-up. Needless to say the challenge was a massive hit.
Firestone journeyed down to the Cape in their customised combis, that would host a weekend of quality, comedic and atrocious combi karaoke as friends, family and strangers belted out their favourite tunes for everyone to hear.
Saturday was as popular as ever as hordes of SA’s beer lovers packed Hamilton’s and made sure the taps were flowing and the brewers were busy. Witty Festival regular, Dan Nicholl, made an appearance and the annual awards were handed out to the best beers of the Festival, as voted for by an independent, qualified judging panel.
Celebrity chef Pete Goffe-Wood headlined an incredible list of food stalls on show with his Kitchen Cowboys. DJ Ready D hit the decks and had festivalgoers partying deep into the night.
In what was one of the best-attended Sundays in the history of the Festival, families soaked up the Sunday sun while sipping on everything from ciders, to beers brewed with Atlantic Ocean water, while the kids were thoroughly entertained in the designated children’s area.
It’s safe to say that SA’s beer industry is in good hands. Iconic German brewmaster, Wolfgang Koedel of CBC, sang the praises of his fellow brewers. “I am proud of how far craft brewers in South Africa have come in general,” Koedel said. “Our brewers can definitely compete with the best in the world. We have extremely good beers.”
If 2017 is any indication of where things are headed, the 2018 Cape Town Festival of Beer will be even bigger and better than 2017. With brewers pushing the boundaries more and more, as local breweries refine their craft, 2018’s Festival is already a mouth-watering prospect.
Cheers to that!