Sharp hair­cut? Beard? Tight trousers? This is the fes­ti­val for you, brew

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - LIFE -

THE sixth Cape Town Fes­ti­val of Beer hap­pens next week from Fri­day till Sun­day at Hamil­ton’s Rugby Club, Green Point.

As with ev­ery­thing, it has to be big­ger and bet­ter and this year craft ciders like Ever­son’s, Sx­ol­lie and The Drift Farm have been added. New kids on the beer-block like New­lands Spring, Jan Braai Beer, Drifter, Stone Cir­cle, Ae­gir Project and Stick­man Brew­ery will in­tro­duce their crafts to the fes­ti­val, as well as long-stand­ing crowd favourites such as Dar­ling Brew and Devil’s Peak Brew­ing Com­pany, which will be show­cas­ing new prod­ucts.

“Ae­gir Project is a small in­de­pen­dent brew­ery which has only been es­tab­lished for the last two months,” said Rory Lan­cel­las of Ae­gir.

“We are pas­sion­ate about mak­ing real beer prop­erly and what bet­ter place for us to in­tro­duce our­selves to the South African beer mar­ket than this lead­ing-edge fes­ti­val? The Cape Town Fes­ti­val of Beer is a pi­o­neer in the craft beer in­dus­try, bring­ing to­gether the best beers and brew­ers from across the coun­try at this vi­brant event.

“As we are still a new brew­ery we will be show­cas­ing our five core beers this year: Ex­tra Pale Uil, which is a light and fruity Amer­i­can blonde style beer; Cal­i­for­nia Steamin’, a well-bal­anced hy­brid lager; Red Rye, a com­plex but easy rye beer; our Gi­ant IPA which is a West Coast Amer­i­can IPA; and lastly the Mid­night Porter, our full-bod­ied Lon­don porter.”

Nick Wors­ley, from Stone Cir­cle Brew­ery, said it was opened less than a year ago to share a pas­sion for the huge scope of in­ter­est­ing and ex­cit­ing flavours in beer. “The Cape Town Fes­ti­val of Beer pro­vides a fan­tas­tic plat­form for peo­ple to find our brand, meet us and try our beers.

“The abil­ity to in­ter­act with so many beer lovers in such a short time will be like a shot of ni­trous for the brew­ery, and we are look­ing for­ward to in­tro­duc­ing ev­ery­one to our unique range of hand­crafted beers.”

Stone Cir­cle will bring four beers to the fes­ti­val: a light and re­fresh­ing Weiss beer; a de­li­cious Amer­i­canstyle pale ale; its “very spe­cial” 8.5 per­cent Bel­gian-in­spired Hal­lelu­jah blonde ale; and re­leased for the first time, The Steam Ma­chine, which is de­scribed as a Cal­i­for­nian com­mon lager with a Cape Town twist.

And that’s just the foam on the top.

Be­sides these ex­cit­ing new beers you’ll be able to taste any­thing from a fruity pale ale to a hoppy IPA, a choco­latey stout or two and some crisp ciders from a se­lec­tion of lo­cal and in­ter­na­tional mega and mi­cro­brew­eries.

To soak up all this beer the tummy must be lined, and tak­ing care of that will be food stalls in­clud­ing Hud­sons The Burger Joint, Raith Gourmet, I Love Pizza, Peter Goffe-Wood’s Kitchen Cow­boys, Lo­tus Food Truck, Hog House, Black Mar­ket Sand­wiches and Wicked Waf­fles.

It just wouldn’t be a beer fes­ti­val with­out some jolly mu­si­cal en­ter­tain­ment. Los Ta­cos, No­madic Or­ches­tra and Grassy Spark will per­form on Fri­day and The Rock­er­fel­las play next Satur­day at 8pm.

When it comes to fun, high­en­ergy party mu­sic the Rock­er­fel­las are one of the most en­ter­tain­ing acts in South Africa and their an­nual gig at the Cape Town Fes­ti­val of Beer is sim­ply a mar­riage made in heaven, said front­man Frankie Hal­li­gan. Fa­mous rock clas­sics songs are de­liv­ered at light­ning speed in mashed-up for­mats to a most ap­pre­cia­tive sin­ga­long au­di­ence.

“If you’re look­ing for great beer, mouth-wa­ter­ing food, amaz­ing live mu­sic and a fes­ti­val for both the young and the young at heart, well, look no fur­ther,” he said.

Chil­dren? Worry not. Next Sun­day is the per­fect day to bring the whole fam­ily down for a laid­back af­ter­noon of mu­sic and fun, and ar­eas will be set aside for them on all three days.

● Seat­ing next Satur­day will be tight so it’s a good idea to book a ta­ble now. Send an e-mail to info@capetown­fes­ti­val­of­beer.co.za for reser­va­tions or queries. Tick­ets are R150 for adults and R50 for chil­dren (un­der 13 years) and avail­able from Webtick­ets.co.za. Visit www.cape town­fes­ti­val­of­beer.co.za for more info and fol­low on www.face­book.com/ CTFOB or @FestOfBeer, #CTFOB.

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ROCK­ING GOOD TUNES: The Rock­er­fel­las will be play­ing at the Cape Town Fes­ti­val of Beer Fri­day to Sun­day at Hamil­ton’s Rugby Club, Green Point.

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