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Top craft beer festival returns after two years

The Capital Craft Beer Festival will unite beer and music lovers in the beautiful surroundings of the Pretoria National Botanical Gardens on Saturday, June 18.

This June, the capital city’s finest and favourite beer festival is set to return after an absence of two years.

The Capital Craft Beer Festival will unite beer and music lovers in the beautiful surroundings of the Pretoria National Botanical Gardens on Saturday, June 18.

Pretoria’s most spectacular, unforgettable and well-executed social events will not only feature our country’s favourite craft brewers and a diverse selection of food, but some of the best local artists the South African music scene has to offer.

Festival organisers announced their full brewer line-up that promises to cater for everyone’s taste and a wide selection of some of the best brewers South Africa has to offer.

This year’s music line-up will not disappoint from stalwarts and classicists to newcomers, rock to blues, folk and pop to swing with artists such as Karen Zoid, Bongeziwe Mabandla, Georgetown & the Moonies, Bad Peter and Michael Lesar expected to attend.

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The festival will have a dedicated entertainment area for adults and a Clamber Club offering some of the most awesome entertainment for kids in a safe place for your children to enjoy the day just as much as you.

An obstacle course, play equipment and mascot, Jog the Frog will making an appearance to “boogy woogy” with your kids, will complete the entertainment menu for the day.

Rekord caught up with one of the owners of Capital Craft, Johan Auriacombe as well as Marius Botha of Hazeldean Brewery about this year’s festival.

This is what Auriacombe had to say about the event:

This is the eighth year you are hosting the Capital Craft Beer Festival. What do you think makes this event unique and what contributes to its long-standing success?

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I think the key to the success of the event, is that we are community-driven and we want the festival to be a part of Pretoria.

We have the Tuks Microbrewery students helping out on the travelling brewer stands.

The TUT events department students are also working at the festival and even Capital Hotel school students are involved.

It’s a learning curve for everyone and gives the next generation of beer and event entrepreneurs great exposure.

Tell us more about some of the Capital Craft Beer Festival’s highlights this year? What can people look forward to?

We are extremely excited to be hosting musician, Bongeziwe Mabandla at the festival this year. Festival-goers are in for a huge treat.

Why would you encourage people to attend?

We want to encourage people to join us to try new things – from great food to a diverse music line-up – and most importantly locally brewed craft beer.

Botha of Hazeldean’s comments:

How is your beer connected to the local area?

We are situated on Hazeldean Farm, now rebranded as Hazeldean Valley ushering in new commercial opportunities in outdoor activities and lifestyle venues.

As the family dairy farming activities wound down on the farm, we carried the Hazeldean Farm heritage and vision forward, incorporating the Ayrshire dairy cow into our logo and brand.

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Our brewery and taste room is situated on the farm and we have plans in the pipeline to fully integrate farm-to-fork initiatives sustainably by growing our own produce to use in salads.

Two words incorporated into our logo reads “Local and Craft” – with local comes community and with craft comes quality.

What’s unique about your beer?

We have a big barrel age programme where we age and fruit-infuse Belgian style sour beers for two to three years.

We use anything from vanilla pods to plums, cherries, raspberries, apples, pears and apricots. We also use different types of barrels such as red wine, port, bourbon, rum and whiskey.

We have won quite a few medals for these and I think there is not any other brewery in South Africa that creates these Belgian Lambic Style beers to the level and expertise we do.

Do the kinds of hops really matter?

Absolutely. You derive bitterness and flavour from hops depending on when and how you add them to the boil, whirlpool or fermenters (as a dry hop addition). We even dry hop in barrel for our barrel aged beers.

This is an area where technology is constantly being pushed yielding new flavours and application techniques all the time.

Where do you see your career in five years as a beer brewer?

I quit my previous job as a mechanical engineer almost eight years ago to start this journey.

In October I’ll be travelling to the USA on a fellowship programme engaging with breweries, brew masters and the Hop and Malt growers associations.

You never stop learning.

If you have passion and are thirsty for knowledge there is no way you can’t make a success out of any endeavor. South Africans are very resourceful.

I’d like to see our brewery become a real “anchor tenant” in the beer industry of South Africa. Particularly pushing the boundaries further with our barrel aged beers.

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What makes a product successful?

The product makes the product successful – quality is key. Also respecting the entire value chain along the way – from the brew plant, distributor, outlet, waiter to the client.

Why are you excited for the Capital Craft Beer Festival this year and why should people attend?

Everyone has been really battered by Covid-19, both financially and emotionally.

Craft beer is a super product for bringing like-minded flavour lovers together – from beer geeks all the way to someone who just wants to have a good time.

Tickets for the Clamber Club
– R140 (excluding lunch)
– R165 (including lunch, a meal and juice or water)
– A clamber club ticket is compulsory for all two to 12-year-old kids that attend the festival.

Festival ticket prices
– Entrance fee: R250.

Get your tickets now at https://bit.ly/3rwDkeP (plankton.mobi) or for more information, contact partiescenturion@clamberclub.com or call 072 267 6890.

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