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
2017, Nottingham Brewery donated R8000 to the SPCA in their area
2018, Old Potter's Inn donated R6000 to the Red Cross
2019, Brauhaus donated to the Rustenburg Soup Kitchen
2020, Zwakala donated to Choice Trust

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 was held at Nottingham Brewery in the Midlands, KZN. 2018 was in Greyton in the Cape. 2019 we are honored to have two female brewers close to each other and spent Saturday with Imke at Brauhaus in Rustenburg and Sunday with Nuschka at Black Horse in Magaliesburg. 2020 against all odds with COVID-19 keeping us locked up for most of the year, we managed to have the festival at Zwakala Brewery in Limpopo. This year we are back in Kwazulu Natal and festival is held at the 1000 Hills Chef School, home of Clockwork Brewery with Megan, Doctrine with Dion and 1000 Brewery with Trevor. 3 BREWERS IN ONE GO!

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!




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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!

Brew Craft

BREW CRAFT

Sponsor for ALL 6 years!

Liquid Culture

LIQUID CULTURE

Yeast for the Africa Brew and prizes

Brewmart

Brewmart

Prize for BJCP Competition

Beyond Brewing

Beyond Brewing

Prize for BJCP Competition

BevPlus

BEVPLUS

Prizes for the BJCP Competition

Beer Association of South Africa

BASA

Friday's beer tour

Thank You to our Sponsors

BEER BROS

Prizes for the BJCP Competition

Lallemand

Lallemand

Prizes for the BJCP Competition

Charles Faram

Charles Faram Hops

Hops for the BJCP Competition

Crisp Malt

CHRISP MALT

Prizes for the BJCP Competition

Cactus Craft

CACTUS CRAFT

Prizes for the BJCP Competition

Just Brewing

Just Brewing

Canning the winning beer!

Eccentrix Software Solutions

ECCENTRIX PTY LTD

Website, Logo & Hosting

Clockwork Brewery

CLOCKWORK BREHOUSE

Brew Demo & Workshop

Steyn IP

STEYN IP

Trade Marking Africa Brew

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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.
Please note that you are responsible for your own travel, accommodation, food and drink.
We already have some amazing speakers and will fill the slots when we finalize the topics.
For more detail and regular updates be sure to like our Facebook page.

FRIDAY SATURDAY SUNDAY
12:00 Register 08:00 - 10:00 BJCP Judging 09:00 BJCP Judging Results & Prize giving
12:30 Beer swap - bring a beer that inspires and share with the rest 09:00 - 10:00 What's more fun than a BEER RUN?! 09:30 Lee Carpenter - Hammertime Brewery - Torrefied & confused
13:00 Apiwe Nxusani-Mawela - BASA - Beer Tourism - what, where and why? 10:00 Jason Black - Nottingham Brewery - Craft to Corporate to Craft. A journey in half an hour. 10:00 Dr Christopher Rothmann - Liquid Culture - Practical Applications of Brewing with Acidic Microbes
13:30 BEER TOUR TO SOME OF THE KZN BREWERIES SPONSORED BY BASA 10:30 Mike Egling - TOPS Hillcrest - Apocalypse : Psychological Beer Wars on the Covid Battlefield 10:30 Nick Grenfell - GrenfellBrew - Beer Stories
18:00 LET THE PARTY BEGIN 11:00 Jacques Janse van Rensburg - Lallemand - Sour Beer: a Bioconsolidated approach 11:00 Seth Deghaye - Maximising hop aroma
11:30 Dion Van Huyssteen - Doctrine - Getting sweetness and body into a low alcohol beer 12:00 END OF AFRICA BREW 2021
12:00 Trevor Maarschalk and Jade Benians - 1000 Hills Brewery - Beer Cocktails
13:00 Lunch
14:00 Megan Gemmell - Clockwork Brewery - My Experiences with Sweet and Sour
14:30 Danie Odendaal - Bearded Brew - Don't make me sour, a clean glass is schweet
15:00 Brett Langton - Langtons Brewery - Save space for pudding
15:30 Paul Ten Hoorn Boer - THAT Brewing Company - THAT story
16:00 Dr Errol Cason - LiquidCulture - The Science of Sour
16:30 Bruce Williamson - Chopper One Brewing - A story of 2 Belgian beers
17:00 LET THE PARTY BEGIN

GALLERY

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Class of 2020

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Beautiful landscape

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Zwakala Brewery was the host for Africa Brew 2020

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The night before Africa Brew

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Our Up-Yours Corona Glasses

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Very misty start of Africa Brew

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Friends meeting friends, saying how do you do

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Michelle's temperature checked

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Tsikwe Molobye, Stimela Brewery

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Christopher Rothmann, Liquid Culture

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Michelle and Willie Erasmus, Pause Brewery

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Jessi Flynn, Kweza Craft Brewery, Rwanda

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Alan Jordan

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Nick Grenfell, GrenfellBrew and Videotographer for Africa Brew

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Bruce Williamson, Chopper One Brewery

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Jakes Louw, Binary Brew Worx and organiser of the BJCP competition

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Our MC, Julian Pienaar without whom Africa Brew won't be the same

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Thank you to our sponsors

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Thank you to our sponsors

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Jessi Flynn - Kweza Craft Brewery (Rwanda) - Going bananas during lockdown

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Michelle Erasmus - Pause Brewery - Starting a Craft Brand

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Tsikwe Molobye - Stimela Brewery & Author of Lockdown Dranks - Talk about the book

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Tsikwe judging lockdown drinks with his panel

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Danie Odendaal and Lee Carpenter receiving an award for attending Africa Brew all 5 years

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BJCP Competion Entries for 2021

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Jakes and Wendy are awesome at running the BJCP competition

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Judges

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Horrified Judges. It must be photo of a dirty glass

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Elbie and Michelle Corbette, Mushi Sterek were the only two that went for a beer run in the rain

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Getting brewers together for the fist talk of the day

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Luca Tooley, Zwakala Brewery talking about partnerships and liquor distribution

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Johan Auriacombe, Capital Craft

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Trevor Gerntholtz Zoomed in - Old Potter's Brewery - Brewing the Perfect Berliner Weiss

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Trevor couriered the last of Old Potter's Appelkoos Troos Berliner Weisse for Africa Brew attendees to taste. Super special.

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Henk Van Der Schyf - Capital Craft - How to get your beer brand into events

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Johan Auriacombe - Capital Craft - How to get your beer brand into pubs

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Tsikwe Molobye - Stimela Brewery - Traditional beer in East Africa, what we can learn and apply

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Christiaan Steyn - STEYN IP - The IP of Ale

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Danie Odendaal - Bearded Brew - The brilliant bubbles in your beer

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Christopher Rothmann - LiquidCulture - New strains and trends in brewing

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BJCP Competition - 3rd place - Bruce Williamson - Gose

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BJCP Competition - 2nd place - Anthony Wilson - Imperial Stout

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BJCP Competition - second time winner - Christopher Rothman - Strong Bitter

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Ivann Venter - Nobleman - Selling YOUR beer in YOUR bar

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Megan Gemmel (Clockwork) and Dion Van Huyssteen (Doctrine) - Regroup, Revamp, Revolutionise

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Rob Tooley - Zwakala Brewery - Starting a brewery in the middle of nowhere

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END OF AFRICA BREW 2020 - Doing the Jarusalema

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Alan Jordan - Winner of the dance competition!

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Class of 2019

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Imke @ Brauhaus Afrika busy weighing the hops fot her version of the Africa Brew

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Africa Brew was brewed ahead of time to be ready for the event

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Imke serving the beer at Africa Brew

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And we are ready for the weekend!

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Catching up, sharing stories over a beer

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Anthony and Bruce is getting ready to brew a Kveik beer

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And the Grainfather is doing what it does best

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Bruce Williamson - Chopper One Brewing - Let's kveikly brew a beer!

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Very interesting kveik information was shared

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Kveik strands

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Kveik links

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Nic from BrewCraft Centurion giving the new brewers an introduction to the Grainfather. BrewCraft is also one of the sponsors of Africa Brew.

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Africa Brew Brothers

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Lee Carpenter - Hammertime Brewery - Homebrew Recipe design (without software)

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Imperial Design

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Time to Party!

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And braai

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and try to braai

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Everybody is talking over a beer about beer!

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Then the rain start pissing down!

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Jessi and Vincent trying to stay dry!

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Teshwill, brewer at Nobleman Brewery

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The rain didn't stop the party BUT what happens at Africa Brew stays at Africa Brew

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What's more fun than a beer run!

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a WALK with beer!

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Danie Odendaal - Bearded Brew - For the love of the Grist!

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Eben Uys - Mad Giant - Slaying the DMS, Diacetyl and Oxidation Demons in hoppy beers

Africa Brew 2019

Eben Uys - Mad Giant - Slaying the DMS, Diacetyl and Oxidation Demons in hoppy beers

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The public could join us for the Rugby World Cup Final

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What a game! The Springboks won!!

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Imke Pape - Brauhaus am Damm - Brewery tour and some tips on brewing lagers

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Besties!

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Ruan Fouchee - Legends Brewery - Building a Brand

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Brendan Hart - Frontier Beer Co - Sours and tarts. Ways and means

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Ivann Venter - Nobleman Brewery - 50 000l, 5 000l 500l Craft Brewery

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Rob Marsden - Marsden's Umquomboti Brewery - Water - making sure that the majority of your brew is playing it’s part too

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Christopher Rothmann - Liquid Culture - Liquid Yeast 101

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Christopher Rothmann - Liquid Culture - Liquid Yeast 101

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Rob Cass - Righteous Brewing and our DIY Dude - Let's build a Jockey Box

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Michelle - Pause Beer Co giving a Rob a gift. I can't remember why.

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The finished product!

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The finished product!

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Sunday took us to the beautiful Black Horse Brewery

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Black Horse Brewery

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Everybody just settling in

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Everybody just settling in

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The small brewing system for Nuschka to develop recipes

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Nuschka Scheepers - Brewery tour and some tips on brewing low alcohol lagers

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Marius Bezuidenhout - Distiller at Black Horse giving us a tour of the distilling part of the setup

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We all stood in awe

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It just worked out to be an all girl team that organized 2019!

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Turns out we had quite a few female brewers at the event!

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Angelique Kieser and mom Henriette. Angelique won several awards at the brew club with her beer

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Pieter - Baarman Bouerij

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MC - Julian Pienaar - Just Brewing doing a great job as usual! Prize giving time!

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Third Place - Megan Gemmel collect on behalf of Michelle Erasmus - Pause

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Second Place - Bruce Williamson - Chopper One Brewing

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Winners - Gareth and John Todd - Foxes Brewery

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James Viney - Rockwell Brewery - Growng and Malting your own Malt

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Marius Bezuidenhout - Distiller at Black Horse - The history of distilling

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Rob Cass - Our DIY Dude - Let's build a Brewing System

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End of the talks - thanks to everyone who talked as well as those who attended

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Fight for winning the DIY kits! Dion Van Huyssteen - Doctrine Brewery trying his luck

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Bertus Jansen van Vuuren - Wort Hog Hartbeespoort

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Pieter - Baarman Brouerij

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Onlookers

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Trevor Gerntholtz - Old Potter's Innk

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Megam taking a turn

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Shaun van Dyk - Half Frog Brewing Co

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Winners are Bertus of the brewing system and Pieter won the jokey box

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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

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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

1000 Hills, KwaZulu Natal

This year we are fortunate enough to host Africa Brew at the 1000 Hills Chef School and home of THREE of South Africa's best brewers!
Thank you 1000 Hills for hosting us. The main accommodation is literally walking distance from 1000 Hills Chef school. More upmarket accommodation is close by - see below.

Vuleka Centre:

Camping available

Rooms from R260 per person per night. Specify if you want a room with a double bed. Double up with your brew buddies, most rooms have 2 single beds.

Bookings: info@vuleka.org.za and copy mdu@vuleka.org.za

Visit their website to have a look at the place

Phezulu Safari Park:

Bookings: stay@phezulusafaripark.co.za

Visit their website

Matusadona Guest Lodge:

Bookings: 071 201 7450 or BOOKINGS@MATUSODONAGUESTLODGE.CO.ZA

Visit their website

The Chantecler Hotel:

Bookings: accounts@chanteclerhotel.co.za

Visit their Facebook page

contact us

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

Hartbeespoort, 0216, South Africa

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