The 8th Cape Town Festival of Beer – December 2017

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The Cape Town Festival of Beer returns for an eighth year, from 1-3 December 2017. As the local and international beer scene expands more each year, festivalgoers can expect to see a number of new breweries join their returning favourites. From lagers to ales, stouts to ciders and beer inventions such as hop shots, there’s something for everyone.

“Cape Town Festival of Beer is the biggest beer festival of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere,” said Martin Tucker, co-founder of CTFOB. “We have the highest number of commercially available beers of any beer festival in the country. This year we are also adding a wider range of ciders from cideries around the country.”

The festival will return to Hamilton’s Rugby Club, once again showcasing the best in food, beer and live entertainment, as it continues to cement its spot on the South African and even international beer calendar. 

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Cider House Rules

“While the beer industry is steadily growing, more recently we’ve seen a boom in the cider industry with what we call cideries, establishing themselves in the market,” said Cape Town Festival of Beer co-founder Martin Tucker. “We’re excited to offer festivalgoers a wider variety of ciders than ever before. It’s grown to the extent that we’ve recently even added an award specifically for Best Cider.”

Festival goers can look forward to tasting a number of ciders on offer, many of which will be in styles they may never have tried before. Sxollie Ciders, Cluver & Jack and Everson’s Cider are a few popular names expected to attend, while Birkenhead’s brand new cider range and the cutting edge ciders from Little Wolf will add to the increasing cider offering at the Cape Town Festival of Beer. Top breweries such as Little Wolf, Birkenhead and Alpha, are becoming increasingly involved in the cider section of the market.

 “I think for us on the cider front, we have our two standard ciders, but we are looking to push the envelope and do some barrel aged ciders and some fruit infused ciders,” said Alpha Head Brewer JC Steyn. “In the US there are a bunch of different ciders. Even following beer trends – guys are trying dry-hopped, saison or spiced cider styles… so we’ll definitely be doing that in this area and looking at what consumers are looking for. Obviously it will take a little bit of education, but we’re used to that.”

With an increasing cider offering, the variety will be wider than ever at the 2017 Cape Town Festival of Beer, with festivalgoers guaranteed to taste a number of ciders and cider styles never experienced before.


Something for everyone at the Cape Town Festival of Beer 2017

This year there will be a unique feel to each of the three days of the festival, from the ideal year-end function or post-work drinks event on Friday, to a day of sports and entertainment on Saturday, and finally, a day focused on the whole family, on Sunday.

Thursday 31 November

Thursday night will kick off the event, with the traditional Brewers’ Braai, which serves as a premier networking event for SA’s leading brewers. This event is closed to the public.

Friday 1 December

This year companies are encouraged to book their year-end functions at CTFOB. Enjoy the best in beer and food on Friday night after a final week of work. Companies have the opportunity to secure their own space on the night, including a dedicated space, a host, food and beer vouchers, as well as an opportunity to brand their area. Head to webtickets to book a corporate hospitality package. Limited spots are available.

Saturday 2 December

CTFOB offers the Saturday revellers the ultimate day (and night) out with the very best in beer, live music and entertainment, with a variety of artisan food trucks to really treat the taste buds. Special VIP packages are available for festivalgoers on Saturday, offering beer and food vouchers, a reserved table and dedicated host. Contact to secure a VIP package.

Sunday 3 December

CTFOB offers Cape Town families a Sunday session jam-packed with family entertainment including fun for the children, artisan food trucks and beer or cider for mom and dad.

More about the Cape Town Festival of Beer

Cape Town Festival of Beer is the largest festival of beer in the Southern Hemisphere in terms of commercially available beers on offer. Now in its eighth year, the three-day festival offers the best in beer, cider, food and entertainment with more than 60 brewers and over 200 beers on offer. This year there will be a unique feel to each of the three days of the Cape Town Festival of Beer, from the ideal year-end party or post-work drinks on Friday, to a day of sports and entertainment on Saturday, and finally a day focussed on the whole family on Sunday.

Date: 1 – 3 December 2017
Venue: Hamilton’s Rugby Club, Green Point
Cost: Standard ticket: R150 per person

Year-End Party Hospitality ticket (shared table): R500 per person.
Bookings can be made on or by email.


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