The Woodstock Winter Beer Festival returns for its fifth year at the Castle of Good Hope

Since its inception in 2015, The Woodstock Winter Beer Festival continues to gain popularity amongst both beer enthusiasts and folks looking for an afternoon of entertainment during Cape Town’s winter season.

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The festival features creative one-off beers and ciders produced by 20 local microbreweries in the Western Cape region. While a selection of simple lagers, pilsners and ales are still available, each brewery is also required to brew a beer specifically for the festival that is only available the day of. These beers tend to be full in flavour, dark in colour and high in alcohol.

In 2018, Drifter Brewing Company and Beer Country brewed a maple bacon ale in a cast-iron potjie pot while Woodstock Brewery created a Bar One flavoured milk stout.

This year, beer blogger Lucy Corne has partnered with breweries for karaoke inspired collaboration beers that will involve singing at the stands. “Supporting local businesses builds community and that’s really what this day is all about,” says festival co-founder and organiser Anna Anderson. “Every year we add, change or upgrade elements of the day to keep both the patrons and vendors excited to keep coming back.” This year, the festival is focused on becoming environmentally greener. Instead of using plastic cups like previously, attendees will now be given branded glass beer mugs that are included in the ticket price.

Aside from the beer, there will be food vendors with vegan and vegetarian options, non-alcoholic soft drinks and juices, coffee, music and games. Donations of books and blankets (lightly used or new) and canned food will be collected at the festival and distributed to select charities afterwards so be sure to bring those items along.

Tickets are R140 on Quicket and include entrance into the festival at the Castle, a branded glass beer mug, free tastings (at select stands) and an exceptional afternoon of music, games and delicious food for purchase. The first two tiers of early bird tickets are sold out.

Tickets are available via Quicket here:

You can check out the Facebook event here:

DJ line-up:

1-2 pm: Bacon Avo Feta

2-3 pm: Very Mobile DJ

3-4 pm: Disco Biscuit and Starlord

4-5 pm: DJ Ra Mava (vinyl)

5-6:30 pm: Tommy Gun

6:30-8 pm: Jews for Techno

The Cape Field Artillery (CFA) Pipes and Drums band will intermittently perform songs in full traditional kilt wear throughout the afternoon.

Have a look at the Breweries participating below.

Check out the food and beverage vendors below.