On Saturday the 14th of June the second installment of the Capital Craft Beer Festival will take place at the National Heritage Site, Voortrekker Monument in Pretoria when the age-old tradition of drinking beer will be combined with new and exciting musical acts over three stages, all set against a vast variety of local micro-manufactured brews.
Micro-breweries have fast become the tasty and trendy alternative to commercially brewed beers. The painstaking efforts taken to brew and mature these specialist beers can be tasted with each and every sip. At the Capital Craft Beer fest, you will be able to sample beers by over 18 different micro brewers from all over the country.
I caught up with Copper lake Brewery, based in Lanseria, and asked them a few questions in the lead-up to Capital Craft Beer Festival.
TX: How long has Copper lake been around for?
CL: Copper Lake Breweries has been open for 4 years.
TX: What sets Copper lake apart from other Micro Breweries.
CL: Copper lakes products are green. We use solar energy to pre heat our brewing water and heat exchangers to recapture energy in the brewing process. We use returnable bottles, saving energy and land fill. Our Brew Master Brendan Watcham was the first Micro brewer in Africa to obtain the prestigious Diploma from The International Brewers and Distillers (IBD).
TX: Which drink would you say is the jewel in Copper lake’s crown?
CL: A crown never has only one Jewel. We have 6 jewels Dark lager, light lager, English Ale, IPA, Weiss, Chocolate cream. Our favourite is the Copper Lake IPA (Indian Pale Ale), our customers’ favourite reflected by demand is the English Ale.
TX: Complete the sentence: Without beer life would be…
CL: … disappointing when waking up in the morning, that’s as good as you’re going to feel all day.
Now I have 2 double tickets to give away to 2 lucky people, all you have to do is drop a comment on this post and complete this sentence. “When I get my hands on a cold craft beer I…”. Winner will be notified via email on Monday the 6th of June.