THE Stellenbosch Craft Beer Festival (SCBF) combines the best in local food, craft beer, craft gin and local entertainment. Based at the picturesque Jan Marais Nature Reserve in Stellenbosch, the bi-annual event has gained a family of followers over the past eight years and aims to present some of the latest and most loved craft brews. This year’s festival is on March 5.
SCBF organiser Dirkie van der Merwe says: “After nearly two years of the Covid pandemic restrictions and even prohibition in SA, we as a beer loving community are relishing the opportunity to celebrate being together again and being able to crack a cold one with like-minded people under the 200-year-old pine trees in the Jan Marais Nature Reserve.”
The craft beer experience has taken micro brewing and micro distilling to a new level in recent years and we are now seeing the emergence of not only craft gin, but also agave-based spirits, rum, mead and much more. The SCBF has played a major role in creating a platform for these artisans to exhibit their products. Visitors are encouraged to test their palates and try new varieties. For the first time this year, the festival will include a non-alcoholic cocktail bar, with a selection of fresh pressed juice-based cocktails.
The SCBF is a family-friendly, day-outing suitable for everyone. There is ample seating and shade, but bring your camping chairs, picnic blankets and beach umbrellas if you feel like getting more comfortable.
Gates open at 11am, beverages and bands from 12pm. Tickets are available at Quicket.co.za and the link can also be found on the Facebook event page. Access will be from the main entrance of the Jan Marais Nature Reserve and ample parking is available on the gravel area on the Merriman side of the park. Van der Merwe adds: “We do however suggest that groups make use of carpool and ride share facilities to avoid drinking and driving. We look forward to hosting a great event. For line up confirmation, brewery and competition announcements please follow our event page on Facebook.”
For more information, email [email protected]
Adult & branded beer glass: R140
Adult & plastic cup: R120
Children age 12-17: R70
Children under 7: Free (there will be a play area)
R150 at the gate – no glass.
Note: R5 service fee is charged on all online sales.