Hops to it

Craft beer is getting more popular by the day – we ask local brewers what beers they recommend.

Starting point

Martin Tucker organises the Joburg and Cape Town Festival of Beer.* He recommends…

Woodhead Amber Ale from Devil’s Peak Brewing Company in Cape Town


What An American pale ale (5% alcohol) with more body and caramel richness. ‘It has a moderate hop aroma with malt presence and is a perfectly balanced beer,’ says Dan Badenhorst, co-founder and owner of Devil’s Peak.

How Serve with a cheeseburger – something with a strong cheese like Emmenthal, blue cheese or Gruyère. Venison would also work well, so perhaps a venison burger.

How much and where from R24 at good liquor stores. www.devilspeakbrewing.co.za

Bohemian pilsner from Standeaven Brewery in Durban


What An unfiltered lager (4%) made in the typical Pilsner style. ‘It has a clean, peaked bitterness to get the taste buds going,’ founder Shaun Standeaven says. ‘It’s a great beer for a hot day.’

How Pairs well with spicy and tart flavours. Enjoy it with a tomato-based pizza, a good curry or something slightly bitter like rocket salad with lemon dressing. How much and where From R20 at good liquor stores. www.thestandeavenbrewery.co.za

Farmer’s draught from Brauhaus am Damm in Rustenburg


What A blond-coloured lager (4.2%) in the style of the beer enjoyed in the famous beer halls of Bavaria, says Brauhaus beer master Imke Pape. ‘It’s a real drinking beer, with a crisp, dry, pleasantly soft finish.’

How A light beer like this one with its delicate flavours combines well with light food such as salads, seafood, chicken and pork.

How much and where From R25, mostly available in Gauteng. www.brauhaus.co.za

Golden blonde from De Garve Brewery in Vanderbijlpark

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What An American-style ale (4.5%) with a golden colour, smooth taste and light hops flavour, says De Garve’s beer master Patrick van den Bon.

How Pizza will work ‘but beer also pairs well with cheese – I serve cheese with all six of my beers.’ For Golden Blonde he recommends a slice of Gouda.

How much and where From R15 at Liquor City in Gauteng and Roeland Liquors in Cape Town. www.degarve.co.za

Emperor Indian pale ale from Drayman’s Brewery in Pretoria

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What This pale ale (4%) has hop accents with citrus tastes like lime, lemon and grapefruit, owner Moritz Kallmeyer says. ‘It has a refreshingly bitter aftertaste.’

How The perfect pairing is a succulent Karoo lamb chop. The citrus notes will cut through the fat.

How much and where From R35 for a litre at Makro in Gauteng, or direct from the brewery. www.draymans.co.za

Serve beer with food that has the same complexity, or with something from the opposite side of the spectrum – for example a simple dish with a complex beer.

* The Joburg Festival of Beer takes place at Pirates Sports Club in Greenside from Friday to Sunday. www.joburgfestivalofbeer.co.za

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