For The Love Of Beer
South Africa may be known for producing some of the world’s finest wines, but it certainly has one of the most loyal beer-drinking populations in the world too. Local beers are a firm favourite, but there are also a few imports that grace the shelves of liquor stores all over the country. So, to celebrate a very real dedication to ice cold ales, South Africa is host to a number of events that centre on the crisp, barley goodness of beer.
We Love Real Beer (28 September 2012) – The Old Biscuit Mill, Woodstock
A R75 entrance fee includes a free beer glass and an exhibition of more than 20 different breweries. This is dedicated to craft beers – independent brewers that create new flavours and forms based on a real passion for their craft.
The Cape Town Festival of Beer (23 – 25 November 2012) – Hamilton’s Rugby Club, Green Point
This is the biggest and best attended beer festival in South Africa and 2012 is set to see even more beer enthusiasts and their families celebrating this crisp refreshment. 40 breweries are due to attend, showcasing more than 150 different beers. Live music, great food and a kiddies’ play area are included in the entrance fee (around R80).
African Shebeen Beer Festival (5 – 7 October 2012) – Innesfree Park, Sandton
This is a new festival with the rather high entrance fee of R500. However, this includes a glass, beer and food, as well as the opportunity to enjoy a novel approach to beer tasting.
Bierfest (11 – 14 October 2012) – MonteCasino, Fourways
Celebrate all things German, including food, beer and music. Inspired by the original Oktoberfest, this is sure to get young and old breaking it down to the Oompah band. Entrance is R100 and tables should be booked in advance.
Jozi Craft Beer Fest (13 October 2012) – Marks Park, Emmerentia
In excess of 20 breweries will attend this successful event to show off the wonderful beers for which they are known.
Oktoberfest (20 October 2012) – The Dog and Fig Brewery, Parys
This festival is all about celebrating the simple beauty of beer, even in the small hub of Parys. Enjoy crisp, cool refreshment at the popular brewery in honour of this age-old traditional drink.
Pecanwood Oktoberfest (29, 30 September 2012) – Pecanwood, Howick
Having begun in 2010, this German festival includes food, live music and fun games for the entire family. More than 20 beers will be showcased. Camping facilities are available and the entrance fee to the festival is R100 per person.
Bierfest (15 – 18 November 2012) – Suncoast Casino, Durban
The Oktoberfest in Germany has influenced this fun event. For just R70 per ticket, visitors can enjoy some great entertainment (a genuine Oompah band), competitions, and plenty of German cuisine.
Oktoberfest (25 – 28 October 2012) – The German Club, Port Elizabeth
For a combination of genuine German food and good old South African beers, this event promises plenty of fun. Tickets are R70 per person, and the Oompah band is well worth the day out.