Lim­ited edi­tion craft beers on tap at Ham­mies

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Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - NEWS - AN­TOINETTE ISAMA

THE Cape Town Fes­ti­val of Beer is un­der way at Hamil­ton’s Rugby Club for its sixth year of cel­e­brat­ing all things craft beer.

More than 60 brew­eries, both lo­cal and in­ter­na­tional, are fea­tur­ing lim­ited edi­tion beers brewed for the week­end’s fes­tiv­i­ties.

As South Africa’s largest an­nual gath­er­ing of beer en­thu­si­asts and beer novices, new Cape Town brands are among the 200 beers that at­ten­dees can sam­ple.

Wood­stock’s Drifter Brew­ing Com­pany hopes its co­conut in­fused beer launched a week ago will be a favourite this week­end.

“The co­conuts are grown in Mozam­bique, and it’s light and easy to drink,” said Nick Bush, owner and head brewer. “So far we’ve had a very good re­sponse and we can’t keep up.”

John Burger, owner of Stick­man Brew­ery, came from Stik­land in the hopes of his brand gain­ing some ex­po­sure.

“We’ve been op­er­a­tional since June, and our aim is to brew beers that peo­ple like and enjoy,” Burger said. “This is our op­por­tu­nity to in­tro­duce our­selves, since a lot of peo­ple don’t know us.”

An­other new­comer to the fes­ti­val is the Ae­gir Project, which launched two months ago.

For owner Rory Lan­cel­las, the fes­ti­val is a space for those who are pas­sion­ate about craft beer to get to know qual­ity brands, but he wishes the pub­lic had the same ap­pre­ci­a­tion for the bev­er­age.

“The craft beer scene here is still very young, and in­stead of hav­ing a grad­ual build-up like the scene in Amer­ica, we ex­pe­ri­enced a sud­den surge,” Lan­cel­las said.

“We tend to fol­low trends, but I be­lieve that we will even­tu­ally start set­ting them.”

Lan­cel­las also noted that time was needed to find craft beer’s place in South Africa. “We might need a few more years,” he said. “But we will even­tu­ally cre­ate our own unique style of beer.”

● The fes­ti­val end tomorrow. Tick­ets are R150 each. See fes­ti­val­of­

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