For the beer enthusiast, it’s one of the premier events of the year in South Africa. This year marks the 10th annual SouthYeasters Summer Festival, where members of the Cape Town homebrewing club gather together to share their brews with the public.
This year’s fest will once again be held on the Village Green at SAB Newlands. Passionate club members donate their beer for curious beer-lovers to sample at the festival. Grab your tasting glass as you enter and wander from stand to stand to sip the finest homebrew the Western Cape has to offer, voting for your top three tipples in the hotly anticipated People’s Choice competition. Local craft breweries, including Cape Brewing Company and Lakeside Beerworks, will also be in attendance.
Expect to taste well over 100 beers, including some truly innovative brews – in past years, members have showcased everything from salt water weiss and chilli chocolate stout to a beer designed to taste exactly like a bag of biltong. Brewers also design a beer for the ‘Wolfgang Cup’, a competition sanctioned by the USA-based BJCP (Beer Judge Certification Program), where a specific style is chosen. This year’s style is fruit beer, so you’ll find anything from a watermelon witbier to a peach and pineapple porter. Of course, there are plenty of more familiar beers on offer too – you’ll find pale ales and dark lagers, Belgian blondes and American IPAs.
What you need to know:
- There will be food trucks
- There won’t be live music, giving you chance to talk to the brewers about their beers (don’t worry, there will be background music for atmosphere, but the focus here is beer, beer, beer)
- Strictly no under-18s at the festival at all. This includes babes in arms and toddlers and is alas out of the SouthYeasters’ hands.
- When: Sunday 20th March, 10am-4pm
- Where: Village Green @ SAB Newlands, 3 Main Rd, Newlands, Cape Town
- How much: R120 – tickets in advance from Quicket
And wait – it gets even better!! I have two pairs of tickets to give away on Twitter. To stand a chance of winning, all you have to do is complete and tweet:
I want to win 2 tickets to the @SouthYeasters Summer Fest on March 20th because ________________________
Winners will be announced on Friday morning (March 18th).
See you at Summer Fest!