Cape Town Festival of Beer

Cape Town Festival

For the Love of Beer

Amongst a small crowd of beer-thusiasts, we entered the intimate and inviting space at Sotano with expectations high and a palate that was matched in enthusiasm. As a side note, the chic space of the new Sotano on Bree is well worth a visit. The large windows and deck overlook the city from various angles and on a warm summer eve it is a great spot to gather with friends. Greeted at the door with an ice cold brew (I chose a delicious Leffe from Belgium), we made our way to the south facing balcony and waxed lyrical about all things amber until receiving the cue to gather inside for the evening’s proceedings!

Cape Town Festival of Beer 2018

Perched around wooden tables amongst other excited faces, we were eloquently briefed on the up-coming 9th Cape Town Festival of Beer, to be held at Hamilton’s Rugby Club from 30th November to 2nd December, 2018. The festival has been increasingly well curated over time, and this year promises to showcase 200 beers from at least 60 breweries for the enthusiasts that arrive. We can’t wait to revel in the festivities of the largest festival of beer in the Southern Hemisphere!

In a tantalisingly fun prelude to the festival, we were treated to a blind tasting of 5 brews, all African in origin. Full of pride and ready to win, there were a few bashful faces once the true liquid gold varieties were revealed. Onwards and upwards however!

Cape Town Festival

After hearing the history and background to the festival, as well as being encouraged to just ‘enjoy the beer you love’, we were spoilt with some delicious canapes and paired beers. We recommend the Hoegaarden, CBC Range, Devil’s Peak and Liefmans!


A Weekend of Brews

Suffice to say, we are thoroughly looking forward to the Festival of Beer and anticipating a solid crowd of fellow beer lovers with whom we can share and toast a glass or two and discuss all things hops, malt, yeast and H20. There will be many cider makers representing too. If you have time to spare, please come along and join this event which is sure to rival Octoberfest in Munich – at least we like to think so! It’s set to be a proper jol!

9th Cape Town Festival of Beer


30 November – 2 December 2018

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