This year the Solstice Festival is in the same place – at the Ale House in Broederstroom – but we are going back in time to the groovy sixties. Come with flowers in your hair, bell-bottom jeans, mini skirts, paisley prints…..dress the part as we are having a Hopstock Party! This Solstice Festival boasts selected artisinal craft Ales. Savour the best food from Master chef David Brown’s selected vendors. All while the sounds of Credence and Stratocasters echo in the hills!
Dirk van Tonder has really pulled out all the stops this year, and I think his theme of Hippy Happy Hops Heaven is really going to hit the mark.
For those of you who are new to craft beer and the Ale House, the Solstice Beer Festival is an annual winters celebration, with a distinctly laid-back atmosphere, where quality craft beer meets exquisite local produce in a scenic setting overlooking the Magaliesberg Mountain Range.
Forget about Woodstock, this is Hopstock.
Close to 20 brewers will be punting their products, and there should be a beer or even a cider for everybody’s palate.
It’s great to see that we will have some new brewers exhibiting, and the Beersluts say a wholehearted WELCOME to the newcomers. This is what the craft beer industry should all be about: a free and open market.
SABMiller recently entered the lower volume market (can I call it craft beer guys?) with the 3 Franszen Street brewery, which will be producing “batch beer” in lower volumes for what is now being called the “premium beer market segment” (we call it good craft beer, but let’s not argue the point). Let’s see how good their beers really are: Dirk usually has some very discerning customers at the Solstice Festival.
Another outfit that the Beersluts will definitely be visiting for a taste and a chat is the Sabie Brewing Company: Shaun and Brian, be prepared to be interviewed!
The Festival website has all the details, but the date is 27 June. Gates open at 10h00.
Be there or be a square!