A year ago we did a ticket giveaway for The Festival of Beer, and now It’s the Final Count Down to Cape Town’s biggest beer event – in just one week’s time the Cape Town Festival of Beer returns for the 5th time. The venue is Hamilton’s Rugby Club, near the Green Point Stadium and this event is one that foodies and beeries alike should not miss. We are lucky enough to have been given a double ticket to giveaway to one lucky blog reader, read on to find out how to win this prize worth R300.
Where can you taste over 200 beers from a selection of local and international mega and micro-brewers? At the Cape Town Festival of Beer of course! The best thing is that all of the beers which you taste are available commercially, so you don’t have to wait until next year’s Festival of Beer before tasting it again. Savour the flavour of the beers to the background of a variety of live entertainment, accompanied by food from Pete Goffe-Wood of Kitchen Cowboys, Black Market Sandwiches, Wicked Waffles, La Pizzeria, El Burro, Raith, Tap Room and VOD Biltong. With kids being welcome, it’s a lovely family day out, with something for everyone.
Last week I was invited to attend the media launch at Hamilton’s Rugby Club of the Cape Town Festival of Beer. We were treated to tasters of the beers (Striped Horse, Jack Black and Devil’s Peak) paired with delicious food from Como Epanadas, Black Market Sandwiches and Devil’s Peak Taproom burgers. The evening was full of laughs as we were divided into teams for a Beer Quiz… This was truly my first ever quiz, including trivial pursuits, that I have had to answer anything remotely to do with beer. The only question I have ever been asked about beer Is, “How much can you drink?”
I truly had no idea that there was so much to know about beer and I urge you to speak to the craft brewers at the Cape Town Festival of Beer and get them to impart their knowledge. It is a fascinating subject, and it is good to know that there is so much more to learn about beer than which beers give you the worst hangover. I was particularly intrigued by the section our team did the worst in, which was all about different beer styles and their attributes.
Tonight I am visiting The Taproom purely by coincidence with my cousin visiting from Natal. Since he had heard about this creation of The Devil’s Peak Brewing Company in his home town of Durban, I decided to go along with his choice of pub. When requesting written directions from The Taproom because I am useless at reading maps, I took the liberty to find out a bit more about the styles of beer. They kindly sent me this info which will make it easier to choose my taster tonight, and gives me a little more insight into craft beer:
First Light Golden Ale Abv 4.5% Moderately fruity, easy drinking accessible ale.
King’s Blockhouse IPA Abv 6.0% A decidedly hoppy, bitter and moderately strong American India Pale Ale
American Pale Ale Abv 3.5% Low in alcohol and body with a refreshing full fruit profile
Imperial IPA Abv 7.5% Intense hop aromas and flavours. Hop-paradise!
English Ale Abv 4.0% Creamy, flavourful balance of light roasted malt and savoury hops
The good news is that they also do a Taphouse Tasting Tray, which is 100ml of each of the beers. Although I should leave my tasting until next weekend and have one sensible American Pale Ale this evening.
This event is a highlight on the Cape Town social calendar and you want to be there! To win two tickets to the Cape Town Festival of Beer, do one or all of the following (each action wins you an entry):
1. Comment in the section below which style of beer from The Taproom you want to taste at the Cape Town Festival of Beer
2. Tweet this blog post to @JoanneFoodCrew and @FestOfBeer with the hashtag #CTFOB
3. Share this blog post in your Facebook Circles, and Like The Food Crew Blog on Facebook
You have until Tuesday 25 November 11am to share and care, winner’s will be notified via email that day. Good luck!
Date: 28th, 29th and 30th of November 2014
Venue: Hamilton’s Rugby Club, Green Point
Costs: Tickets are R150 for adults and R50 for children (0-13 years) and are available from Webtickets.co.za
25/11/2014 This competition is now closed.