We always get excited when we hear about food and beer pairings, so when Banana Jam’s Greg Casey sent us an invite to attend the media launch for the up-coming Hop ‘n Vine Festival we jumped and made sure we were at Simon’s @ Groot Constantia nice ‘n early so as to not miss anything!
The evening started with open taps featuring eight of the craft beers that will be available at the Hop ‘n Vine fest as well as some fantastic, locally sourced wines and cheeses. We were then welcomed by Greg Casey and Russ Meyer from Jolie 360. They explained that food and beer pairing is as easy as trying out different flavours in your own home and letting your palate explore instead of just sticking to the same old beer day in and day out.
Another focus of the Hop ‘n Vine festival is to merge the wine and beer cultures. Just because you regularly drink wine, does not mean that there isn’t a beer out there that will make your taste buds sing and your tummy grumble for more and vice versa. There are notes and complexities in both drinks that need to be explored, appreciated and enjoyed and this weekend’s Hop ‘n Vine Festival provides the prefect platform for you to do so!
We were spoilt on the evening with 8 mini courses each paired with a sampling of beer from six different breweries, Boston, Devils Peak, Valley Brewery, Jack Black, Triggerfish and Darling and were pleasantly surprised by how each morsel complimented the various brews. Ever thought to pair a fresh oyster with a smokey, bitter Triggerfish stout? No? Try it!
Groot Constantia is such an awesome setting for a beer, wine and food festival. The event will be held indoors, so there is no need to fear the Cape’s winter and of course the wine estate also has ample parking out front, so parking-fine cash can be allocated to beer, wine and food. Brewers will be on hand at the fest to explain their brews, the process and the passion and in a market style setting, there will be tasty delights available and a fantastic musical line-up to boot.
So find a teetotaler or a friend who is happy to limit their intake to drive you home and join us at Simons restaurant on the oldest wine estate in South Africa for an event to kick off The Craft Beer Project and assist in the #RealBeerRevolution. The Beer Garden SA team will be there serving Mitchell’s Brew and Camelthorn, so come say “hi”.
When: 20th and 21st July (Friday 20th July from 5pm to 10pm; Sat 21st July from 11am to 11pm)
Where: Simon’s at Groot Constantia
Why: Because beer and wine isn’t only for summer!
How: Tickets are R120 and include a beer/wine glass (Kids free with dedicated kids play area)
Contact: Greg Casey 0823391119