by Bongani Mtlahavani

Cape Town Festival of Beer 2012

A jolly good time!

Cape Town Festival of Beer 2012
Cape Town Festival of Beer 2012
Not even heavy downpours and a little bit of hail could stop beer lovers from taking part in the Cape Town Festival of Beer, the largest festival of its kind in South Africa. Held over the last weekend of November at Hamilton’s Rugby Club, the event stuck to its promise of titillating every taste bud.
Featuring almost 150 brands, Cape Town’s Festival of Beer is a celebration of brewing heritage from around the world and the event is a premier celebration of all things beer.

The event is SA's largest annual gathering of beer enthusiasts, connoisseurs and those just wanting to learn more about beer. Being a highlight of the Cape Town calendar, a variety of beer, food and music was available at the event. 

Over 50 breweries – both international and local – and a limited edition of beers brewed just for the festival were on display. There was also an opportunity to learn more about the appreciation of artisanal beer, and the perfect food choices were provided to pair with each brew.
“The event is great, and you know how we Germans love South African beer,” said Marlon van der Vlugt, who was visiting the country for a business event. Asked if he would come back next year, he said it was a certainty. 
This year the Cape Town Festival of Beer took visitors on guided beer tours with experts, met different brewers and sampled a variety of beers. Guests could also observe home-brewing demonstrations and participate in blind tastings. 
And if all that were not enough, there was also beer judging, workshops, a beer pong tournament and the highly anticipated Beerlympics.
For those who preferred less kick in their drink, Santam provided a selection of alcohol-free 'designated driver' drinks as well as a limited number of complimentary taxi rides and driver assist vehicles at the festival to ensure convenience and safety for everyone. 
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