Friday, 26 July 2013

Banana Jam's 3 Day Beer Fest and NEW 30 Tap System

A press release from Craft Beer HQ (South Africa)

'The craft beer revolution is now in full force in Cape Town and to mark two years of pouring pints of local artisanal ales and lagers, Banana Jam Cafe – the headquarters of the revolution – is celebrating the only way they know how: by offering an even greater selection of beer!

For the past two years, the Harfield Village-based restaurant and bar has proudly poured the widest range of draught craft found anywhere in South Africa. This led to the decision of craft beer lover and owner of Banana Jam Café Greg Casey, two weeks ago, to up their output from 16 taps to 30 this July. The taps will feature more IPA, more stout, more local brews and more imports from world class breweries overseas.
Although the beer will continue to flow year-round, the new taps will open for the Massive Mini Beer Festival, a three-day event. The celebrations start on August 1st, International IPA (India Pale Ale) Day.  International Beer Day falls on August 2nd, when the festivities continue with a vast range of bottled beers from around the world. Beer lovers will find no less than 36 beers on tap on day three, thanks to a temporary six-line system set up on the restaurants popular outdoor deck.

Signed copies of African Brew, SA’s first dedicated beer book, will also be on sale. The book, published by Random House Struik, features 38 breweries and includes tasting notes, food pairing suggestions and troubleshooting tips.
Banana Jam has been at the forefront of the country’s craft beer scene since day one, with beer enthusiasts from across South Africa considering a trip to the Caribbean-themed restaurant a kind of pilgrimage. As well as local favourites like Devil’s Peak Brewing Company, Cape Brewing Company, Boston Breweries and Jack Black Beer, the taps regularly feature one-off beers from experimental brewers, ales from breweries around South Africa and unusual ales imported from overseas. Specialties to try on a winters evening are  a half-pint of Rogue Hazelnut Brown Ale – what Nutella would taste like if you turned it into a beer (available on tap exclusively at Banana Jam). There is also an extensive range of bottled beers from South Africa and beyond, including the extreme beers from Scotland’s renowned BrewDog brewery.

In the coming months expect more beers, more festivals, more beer-inspired cuisine and plenty of beer lovers on hand to convince the masses that craft is king at Head Quarters.'

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