All the meaty flavour at this year’s Fire & Feast Meat Festival presented by Crown National will be matched in taste and quality at Craftology, the fine-drinking designation located at Joburg’s Ticketpro Dome from 8 to 10 June.
“Visitors will be taken on a journey of taste at this year’s Craftology, a fully-stocked drinking zone which forms part of the Fire & Feast programme,” said Sandra Jardim, General Manager: The Fire & Feast Meat Festival. “All the best craft brews and spirits will be on tap with ample seating that invites guest to unwind while enjoying some great live music.”
Optium Craft Brewery (OCB)
Based in Kya Sands, OC Brewery is soaking into the Gauteng, Tshwane and Eukhuruleni markets with its premium-quality beer offerings.
“OC Brewery started with the passion to create a beer to share with friends and family,” explained owner, Gavin Marais. “We have kept our whole vision true to who we are. We want to get as many people to experience the taste and culture of craft beer in the same way that we have. We believe that there is a craft beer for every taste.”
OC Brewery’s signature drinks include:
• The Dictator – an American IPA
• Headless Huntsman – well-balanced amber ale
• Buxom Barmaid –blonde ale
Soweto Brewing Company – born in Soweto…brewed for all!
This iconic South African township brewery was founded in 2012 by two passionate entreBEERneurs – Ndumiso Madlala and Josef Schmid – with the vision of bringing the success of local brewing into a township environment while creating a world-class beer that was truly Sowetan.
“The craft beverage industry has come a long way since we started,” said Josef of Soweto Brewing Company. “It seems the thirst for artisanal, innovative, flavourful beverages is insatiable and, almost daily, we hear about a new brew, a new trend and a new favourite.”
Soweto Brewing Company’s signature drinks include:
• Soweto Brew Co – Master’s Brew
• Apple Ale
• Cherry Ale
• Gogo’s Ginger
The Dead Rabbit Distillery
This Johannesburg-based distillery is home to flavours as unique as their names:
• Hellfire Cinnamon Whiskey – fiery blended whiskey
• La Santa Tequila – a fuel of the outlaws
• Moonshine – the outlaw spirit of the deep dirty south
• Mother’s Ruin – for the discerning gin-aholic
De Vry Distillery
Founded by the Du Plooy brothers, this Free State-based distillery aims to produce 100% farm-grown spirits that blend the cultures and tastes of South Africa. Free State sorghum is used to create an ‘all-grain base’ that allows for a unique taste with the process of milling, mashing and fermentation creating perfect yeast strains to complement the different flavours. The signature tastes include:
• Die Warm Rasta Rum
• Die Groot Komunis Vodka
KWV is one of the leading wine and spirits producers in South Africa and has a distinguished heritage, celebrated around the globe. Starting in 1918 as a small co-operative of growers, KWV has grown into a global producer of more than 100 products including Roodeberg, KWV Wines, KWV Brandies, and Laborie.
Visitors to Craftology can sample the latest KWV offering of Cruxland Gin, a clear, fragrant liquid with an earthy character from the Kalahari truffles.
Qualito Craft Distillers
Based in Phalaborwa, this once mining town and site of antique ironworks has become renowned for producing exciting examples of a completely new kind of treasure at the Qualito Craft Distillery. Founded by master distiller, Pierre and master blender, Loumarie Raubenheimer more than two decades ago, Qualito Craft Distillers meticulously craft spirits, overseeing every step from grain to glass while constantly seeking new ways to create unique tastes and flavours.
Expressing his passion for the craft, Pierre Raubenheimer, said: “A true craftsperson puts a big part of themselves into what they do. Time. Learning. Creativity. If I put something special into every bottle, then people will get something special out.”
Their signature spirits include:
• Grey Hawk Classic Craft Gin
• Aging Heimer Craft Whisky
• Craft Vodka Infusions
In addition to Craftology, visitors to this year’s Fire & Feast will be treated to a full menu of tasty features, including:
• Jack Daniel’s Whiskey Bar & Restaurant
• Jack Daniel’s Man Cave
• Poultry Theatre bought to you by County Fair and Festive, Lamb & Mutton SA Theatre, SAPPO Pork Tasting Room and Sparto Beef Theatre – featuring sponsored products from Chad-O-Chef and @home’s Breville, Robert Welch, Baccarat and Smeg cookware.
• Braaitology brought to you by Chad-O-Chef
• BRM Brands Bistro
• Wine Tasting Area
• MyBraai Meat and Wine Pairing Theatre
• Live entertainment daily
• SA’s Winning National Butchers Team supported by Crown National
• A range of exhibitions which complement the ultimate South African meat and braai experience
Eat, meat, feast – drink – and repeat at the ultimate meat, braai and music celebration. Tickets are available from www.computicket.co.za or at the door. No alcohol will be served to U18’s.
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Fire & Feast Meat Festival Schedule
Friday 8th June: 12pm – 6pm
Saturday 9th June: 10am – 6pm
Sunday 10th June: 10am – 6pm
Ticket price: Adults R100