This weekend sees the annual Cape Town Festival of Beer kicking off, and there are some amazing beers on show at the festival. We got a sneak-taste of the golden nectars on offer, and here’s five we recommend you try this weekend:
Valve IPA (Riot)
This Woodstock brewery is delivering the good in terms of taste and body. Riot’s Valve IPA features a light guava and lychee fruit taste followed by a grapefruit bitterness. “We turned the hops way up on this one, striking a balance between malt and bold hoppy bitterness,” explained Riot.
Fiery Dragon Ginger Beer (Dragon Brewing Co.)
Dragon Brewing Co’s Fiery Ginger Beer stands out in an ocean of craft beer, because it’s not a craft beer in the sense of barley and hops. It is, however, a traditionally brewed, craft beverage and it packs a serious gingery punch. Sweetness is tempered by the tang of the ginger, creating a very moreish balance. In essence, it’s an alcoholic ginger beer, and we like it. A lot.
Red Sky Avenger Pale Ale (Red Sky)
A fruity and moderately hopped American style pale ale, the Avenger is a great session beer and a perfect gateway beer for those starting their craft beer journey. Its sweet malty body rounds the beer to create a smooth and easy drinker.
Jacob’s Pale Ale (Newlands Spring Brewing Co.)
If you’re the kind of person that likes to keep tasting your beer long after the last sip, you’ll probably enjoy this. Incredibly smooth thanks to the spring water its brewed with, Jacob’s Pale Ale (5% ABV) has a particularly long finish, and is perfectly balanced between malt and hop bitterness.
Cape Town Blonde (Drifter Brewing Co.)
The first thing that’ll catch your eye with Drifter Brewing Company is their label for their Cape Town Blonde ale with the tagline ‘She’s Too Good For You’. This is an incredibly easy-drinking beer. It’s dry, light to medium body with light malty sweetness.
The Cape Town Festival of Beer is taking place from Friday 27- Sunday 29 November 2015 at Hamilton’s Rugby Club, Green Point, Cape Town.
Tickets for the event are R150 for adults and R50 for children (under 13 years) and are available from Webtickets.co.za. For more information on the festival, visit the Cape Town Festival of Beer website.