As Summer starts to take hold of South Africa at the end of September, Jozi beer lovers will have the chance to unwind and enlighten themselves at the Joburg Festival of Beer. It’s returning for a second year to Pirates Sports Club, taking place on Saturday 27th and Sunday the 28th of September, with up to 160 beers on show from local and international brewers, including some exciting new faces in the brewing industry.
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- which we’re going to need you to help us out with.
Brewers exhibiting at the Joburg Festival of Beer 2014 include:
Brewhogs: Brewed by female brewmaster Apiwe Nxusani Brewhogs is based in Kyalami and produces 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”, “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”.
– says Martin Tucker, co-founder the Festival of Beer.
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 Early bird tickets are R150, which includes a beer glass, and are available from Webtickets. For table bookings please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
We would like MyCityByNight readers to join the inter-blogger #GetBeerFit challenge over the next 4 weeks! Essentially we want to know how Jozi-based beer lovers plan on getting “Beer Fit” for the festival. We get to choose 1 winner (and friend) to join us at the Festival on Saturday for the final #GetBeerFit challenge.
The final winning team (yourself included) will be flown to Cape Town for the Mother of all Beer Festivals at The Cape Town Festival of Beer – on the 28th-30th November!
So if you’re keen (and from Jozi) – leave a comment below letting us know how you plan on getting beer fit for the festival. Winner announced at the end of September (a few days before the festival)
Comp closes the 25 September 2014 and the winner announce the 25th September 2014.