The festival showcased 91 different types of craft beer from 19 different breweries. Festivalgoers were able to purchase beer from well-known and loved microbreweries such as Darling Brew and Jack Black as well as brews of the extremely popular Belgian variety. One of these Belgian brews was called Lucifer and could only be described as “Black Label on steroids” by its brewer. The more unique brews included sweet Raspberry beer from the Mogallywood Brewery and the Smack! Republic Brewing Co.’s honey and rooibos ale, known as “The Hillbrow Honey”.
The day’s entertainment was presented on three different stages. Blues fans were entertained by bands on the amusingly named Hillbilly Ho-Down Stage while the Eclectic Beats Arena presented several popular electronic artists. The main stage played host to the Balkan sounds of The Nomadic Orchestra, the satirical lyrics of Deep Fried Man, and South African legend Koos Kombuis.
During set changes, the crowd could peruse the various craft and food stalls, where items on sale included old records, chicken samoosas, wood-printed brooches and cheese platters.
The crowd was a good mixture of students, hipsters, grandparents, connoisseurs and amateurs.
Capital Craft have proved for a second time the popularity of a craft beer festival and their competency at running such an event.
Photo: Praise Magidi