Afroca Brew

about africa brew

About Africa Brew

Africa Brew is a weekend long craft brewer's festival in South Africa. The aim of the festival is to get home and commercial brewers together from all over South Africa in a fun environment where all can learn new skills and tricks.

The festival is held in November in a different town every year. With each festival, we select a brewery that will host the event and that will brew our AFRICA BREW! The brewer will receive a basic recipe and must put his own spin on it. The brewery then sells the AFRICA BREW and donate the money to a charity of their choice in the town we are hosting the festival. Attendees receive a printed version of the altered recipe.

Dog&Fig donated the proceeds for 2016 to Epilepsy South Africa - Parys
our 2017 host, Nottingham Brewery donated R8000 to the SPCA in their area
and our 2018 host, Old Potter's Inn donated R6000 to the Red Cross

It started in 2016 after Elbie and Megan had this great idea at the annual Beer Boot Camp after a couple of pints. The first Africa Brew drew over 50 attendees and was held at Dog & Fig brewery in Parys. 2017 wat held at Nottingham Brewery in the Midlands, KZN. 2018 was in Greyton in the Cape. This year we are honored to have two female brewers close to each other and will be spending Saturday with Imke at Brauhaus in Rustenburg and Sunday with Nuschka at Black Horse in Magaliesburg.

We have some of the best brains in the industry to give workshops and talks. It is a HUGE party where you get to learn new stuff and get inspired.

During the festival we run workshops and demonstrations in a relaxed environment, all geared towards developing your skills, whether you are an absolute beginner trying to get off the ground, or an accomplished brewer looking to move to the next level of brewing. The workshops will be run by commercial brewers who are experts in their field.

In the evening, we all get together and share our brews while talking BEER around the braai fire. We will limit the tickets for this event to maintain this awesome time for interaction.

On Saturday we have a BJCP judging session where home and home brewers can compete with commercial brewers. Our sponsors normally go out of their way to supply AMAZING prizes!

The theme this year is LAGER THAN LIFE! You will only be able to enter LAGERS for this year's BJCP Competition




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these are our sponsors

Please contact Elbie Louw or Megan Gemmel to be a sponsor! Click on our sponsor's logos to visit their websites!

Brauhaus am Dam

BRAUHAUS AM DAM

OUR FIRST 2019 HOST! And sponsor of sooo many things!

Black Horse

BLACK HORSE BREWERY

OUR SECOND 2019 HOST! And sponsor of sooo many things!

Liquid Culture

LIQUID CULTURE

Yeast for the Africa Brew and prizes 1st, 2nd & 3rd place, as well as prizes through out the event

Brew Craft

BREW CRAFT

Prizes for the BJCP Competition

BevPlus

BEVPLUS

Prizes for the BJCP Competition

Brewsters Craft

BREWSTER'S CRAFT

Prizes for the BJCP Competition

On Tap Magazine

ON TAP MAGAZINE

A subscription to the magazine for a lucky winner

Beerguevara

BEERGUEVARA

R2000 of products

Thank You to our Sponsors

THANK YOU SPONSORS

Without your support, Africa Brew wouldn't be the same

Eccentrix Software Solutions

ECCENTRIX PTY LTD

Website, Logo & Hosting

Clockwork Brewery

CLOCKWORK BREHOUSE

Brew Demo & Workshop

Plankton

PLANKTON.MOBI

Doing our ticketing at a SUPER low cost!

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We won't run a millitary operation and the times below are an estimation. There are loads of prices to be won and a raffle at every session.
Please note that you are responsible for your own travel, accommodation, food and drink.
You are getting 4 'Uber' tickets to take from the resort to Brauhaus and back with the local taxi so nobody drinks and drives. You might need patience and lots of beer while waiting!
We welcome Julian Pienaar from Just Brewing and At Hops End back as our MC for 2019!!!
For more detail and regular updates be sure to like our Facebook page.

FRIDAY (BRAUHAUS) SATURDAY (BRAUHAUS) SUNDAY (BLACK HORSE)
12:00 Register 08:00 - 10:00 BJCP Judging 09:00 Nuschka Scheepers - Brewery tour and some tips on brewing low alcohol lagers
13:00 Introduction and Welcome Session 09:00 - 09:30 What's more fun than a BEER RUN?! 09:30 BJCP Judging Results & Prize giving
13:30 Brewing sessions start - Brewcraft will demo advanced techniques with the GF, Bruce will do a kveik brew. Anybody can join. Kveik yeast for your brew sponsored by Liquid Culture. PM Elbie if you want to brew. 09:30 Eben Uys - Mad Giant - Slaying the DMS, Diacetyl and Oxidation Demons in hoppy beers 10:00 James Viney - Rockwell Brewery - Growng and Malting your own Malt
15:00 Bruce Williamson - Chopper One Brewing - Let's kveikly brew a beer! 10:00 Imke Pape - Brauhaus am Damm - Brewery tour and some tips on brewing lagers 10:30 Marius Bezuidenhout - Distiller at Black Horse - The history of distilling
16:00 BrewCraft - Advanced Brewing Techniques with your GrainFather 11:00 Rugby World Cup Final / Lunch 11:00 Rob Cass - Our DIY Dude - Let's build a Brewing System
17:00 Lee Carpenter - Hammertime Brewery - Homebrew Recipe design (without software) 13:00 Danie Odendaal - Bearded Brew - For the love of the Grist! 11:30 BEER GAMES TO WIN WHAT WAS BUILT AT AB!
17:30 BEER GAMES 13:30 Ruan Fouchee - Legends Brewery - Building a Brand 12:00 END OF AFRICA BREW 2019
18:00 LET THE PARTY BEGIN 14:00 Brendan Hart - Frontier Beer Co - Sours and tarts. Ways and means
14:30 Ivann Venter - Nobleman Brewery - 50 000l, 5 000l 500l Craft Brewery
15:00 Ryan Huffman - The Naked Face Brewery - Going from Homebrewer to Commercial brewer.
15:30 Rob Marsden - Marsden's Umquomboti Brewery - Water - making sure that the majority of your brew is playing it’s part too
16:00 Christopher Rothmann - Liquid Culture - Liquid Yeast 101
16:30 Apiwe Nxusani-Mawela - Brewsters Craft - The 3 common lager off-flavours and how to avoid them
17:00 Rob Cass - Our DIY Dude - Let's build a Jockey Box
18:00 LET THE PARTY BEGIN

GALLERY

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Class of 2018

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Gautengers going to Greyton with the Shosholoza Express

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Beer sponsored by Stimela Brewing Company

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The Parysers joined us along the route

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SOOOO much fun!!

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Suppertime on the train

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That was where we started!

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And then 25 lites were up and time to haul out the rest of the stash

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and time for a breakfast beer

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Finishing off the beer!

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Worcester station!

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Beautiful view from The Mountain Brewing Company enroute to Greyton

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Mountain Brewing Company

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Mountain Brewing Company

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Registration

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Sponsored gifts

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Waiting for the crowd

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Stefan from Little Wolf

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Brewing with Botanicals

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Steve Peel - Shackleton Brewing Company

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Cask Ales

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How many taste-buds do you have?

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Color your tongue blue, take a photo

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Count the white dots

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Taking a bit of a break

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Danie Odendaal - Bearded Brew - Something in my malt!

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Friendly brewers everywhere!

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The Engelbrechts made sure we ate well!

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Time to mingle

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Having fun!

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Talking beer!

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What's more fun than a beer run

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And off they go

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The Walkers

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Mark your ball

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See who can hit closest to the flag

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Down a beer

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and run back!

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BJCP judges

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Trevor sharing his awesome Bragot

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Bruce and Eric

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Tatenda brewing the Africa Brew

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Onlookers

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Eric van Heerden - Triggerfish - Big Beers

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Greg Casey - Afro Caribbean -Is there money in beer

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Shawn Duthie - Dissident - Mashing it up!

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Tim Godfrey - Master Brewer - Home Distilling

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Starting a brewer co-op

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Tim Godfrey doing a session

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So much knowkledge get shared

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All about the yeast

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Africa Brew Babies!

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Lucy Corne-Duthie - On Tap - Hair of the Dog

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Murray Slater - Fermented - Beer Community

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Apiwe Nxusani-Mawela - Brewsters Craft - Infections in Cask Aged Beer

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Megan Gemmel - CHEERS TO AN AWESOME AFRICA BREW 2018!

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Class of 2017

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Our hosts for 2017

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Friendly brewers everywhere!

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Camping area

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BAAAAAACHUS

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First speaker was Shaun Standeaven

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Counting our tastebuds was huge fun!

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Beer talk continues around the fire

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The youngest brewer!

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Serious beer talk between bewers

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Notties was such a lovely venue

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Jakes running the BJCP tasting

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Trevor Á Lee talking shop

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Beer talk everywhere!

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Getting ready for the beer run!

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Getting LOST on the beer run

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John leading the brewery tour

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In the distillery @ Notties

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Paying attention

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Some just chilling

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Our very entertaining MC, Julian Pienaar!

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Megan's talk on WILD ABOUT YEAST was amazing

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Jakes and Wendy ran the BJCP judging

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Apiwe talked about brewing with Sorghum - the traditional way

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Tsikwe talked about brewing with Sorghum - the modern way

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Then it was time to celebrate Notties' 21st birthday

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Lee and Bruce busy with beer praatjies

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Legend Trevor drove all the way from Greyton to KZN for Afica Brew

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Dion giving an early Sunday morning talk

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Lee took third price with his Blond

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Jaco being roasted but alsosecond prize winner with his chirstmas barleywine

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Bruce Williamson - WINNER OF AFRICA BREW 2017 BJCP COMPETITION

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Class of 2016

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Our accommodation at Rocky Ridge Parys

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Dog & Fig brewery Parys

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Sean from Dog & Fig was the 2016 Brewer

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Beer Friends Forever

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Brad & Josh from EZ Growler a sponsor af Africa Brew

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Friday is Brew Day at Africa Brew

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Brewers Unite! Peter and Gareth helping each other

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Megan & Dion

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Lee doing what he does best!

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Serious beer talk while Jakes cools his teeth

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John explaining some serious stuff

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Brewster Craft sponsored a sensory course

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Apiwe Nxusani-Mawela also a microbiologist and owner of Brewster's Craft, talked about Off-flavors in Beer

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Not just fun and games!

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Time to braai

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Fun and games!

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Down a beer before the beer run starts

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Running with the horses

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BJCP Judging started while we had fun

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Megan and Elbie checking the schedule

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Beer Run Winner!

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Second place!

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Dion finishing his after the run beer!

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Dave having a bit of a rest!

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exhibitors

About Africa Brew

 

 

 

At ONLY R350 for the WEEKEND!

Bring your beer gear and sell to the brewers.

No alcohol or food products please. Just your beer stuff!!

 

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accommodation

Rustenburg, North West

Nestled against the Magaliesberg Mountain Range and bordering the Rustenburg Nature Reserve, Hodge Podge Backpackers offers accommodation for tourists looking to relax in a tranquil environment.
For those who is looking for a bit more luxury, the Protea Hotel is extremely close. All events in the evening will be at the resort and you might be able to organise the only 'Uber' taxi to take you to the hotel afterwards.

Hodge Podge Backpacker:

Camping @ R150 per person per night

Chalets @ R200 per person per night. If you book a big chalet please do a group booking so that everybody can sleep in comfort.

Visit their website to have a look at the place/

Contact Antoinette on 084 698 0417 and make sure you say you book for Africa Brew else you'll pay more!


Protea Hotel Rustenburg Hunters Rest:

R24 Rustenburg/Krugersdorp Road, Rustenburg 0300 South Africa +27 14 537 8300

Visit their website to make a booking

contact us

Elbie Louw and Megan Gemmell
E-mail: info@africabrew.co.za

Hartbeespoort, 0216, South Africa

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