Kick off your summer with cheer at the Joburg Festival of Beer, which will be returning for the second year at Pirates Sports Club on Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th of September in Greenside, Johannesburg. The two day festival, which has established itself in Cape Town as the largest Festival of Beer in the Southern Hemisphere, promises to be bigger and badder than ever before. With up to 160 beers on show from local and international brewers, including some exciting new faces in the brewing industry, beer lovers will be spoilt for choice.
Apart from offering a wide variety of beers to sample, the festival will also have home brewing demonstrations, food and beer pairings, guided beer tours, a selection of delicious food stalls, great music and sport on TV screens. There will also be an exciting campaign dedicated to getting beer fit in the weeks leading up to the festival, as well as live from the event, ensuring both mental and physical preparation of all things beer!
Brewers exhibiting at the Joburg Festival of Beer 2014 include:
Brewhogs – Brewed by female brewmaster, Apiwe Nxusani, Brewhogs is based in Kyalami and produces roughly 32 000 litres of natural and preservative free beer per month including a Red Lager and Pilsener.
Swagga – One of the new brewers on the block, Johannesburg-based brewers Swagga beer produce premium quality hand crafted beers such as their Swagga Porter, Red, Blonde and IPA.
Stellenbrau – Having just won the 2014 Global Craft Beer Award for best lager, Stellenbrau have shot into the global limelight for superb beer. The brewery, based in Stellenbosch, produces beers such as their Craven Craft Lager, Alumni Ale and Governors Red Lager.
Soweto Gold – Having opened in 2014, the brewery is situated in the tourist-popular area of Orlando West, and is referred to as “the first regional township-branded craft beer targeting the aspiring black middle class”. Beers include the Soweto Gold Lager, Weiss Gold and the Lady Gold.
“The Festival of Beer is about bringing beer champions from all over the country together to get a taste of the best brews on the local and international market”, says Martin Tucker, co-founder the Festival of Beer. “We are thrilled to be heading back to Jozi again this year, a place that holds a lot of passion and promise in the brewing industry and visitors can look forward to plenty of exciting features and surprises up our sleeves this year”.
For Cape-based beer lovers, fear not, the Festival of Beer will be heading to Hamilton’s Rugby Club in Green Point in Cape Town on the 28th – 30th November.