2019 – A reflection

December 31, 2019

2019 was tough

For a lot of our friends in the beer industry, 2019 has been a challenging year. We’ve seen breweries close and others struggle to survive.

Yet we’ve also seen some amazing success stories this year. Banana Jam Cafe turned 20 years old, their brewery Afro Caribbean saw South Africas first female winner of South Africa’s Best Beer. Aegir Project, Soul Barrel, Frontier and Little Wolf continue to push the boundaries of styles with some world class beers. RHBC have dazzled us with their beautiful can designs and awesome beers. Hazeldean broke ground on their new brewery and Woodstock made the shift into cans. Brewers CO-OP continues to offer a space for lots of great brewers to push out fantastic beers under one roof. On a personal note, discovering Doctrines Baltic Porter was a highlight of 2019 for me. It got me through many a cold Cape Town winters night. Our host brewery Old Potters produced a stunning Flanders Red, made the day after Fools & Fans together with a collection of other brewers. I’m delighted to say that all of the above mentioned breweries will be at Fools & Fans 2020.

Fools & Fans 2019

We were blown away by the selection of beers on offer at Fools this year. Some of the countries most talented brewers pulled out all the stops to produce some truly phenomenal beers. We are so grateful to every brewery that attended this year and having heard what some are planning for Fools 2020 next year promises to be even better. Fools & Fans turned three this year and has consistently grown in numbers. We strive to improve year on year and were humbled to be voted joint Best Beerfest in the 2019 Brewmistress South African Beer Awards recently. We shared top spot with our friends at Clarens, who will be hosting their 10th beer festival in 2020, a truly remarkable feat.


Today is the last day to grab the cheapest tickets for next years Fools & Fans. This year we will be hosting South Africa’s first ever National Homebrew Festival on the Friday before Fools & Fans. Make sure you come for the weekend and don’t miss out on this unique experience to try some of the best homebrewed beer in the country. Our homebrewers are the lifeblood of the beer industry with many going on to open commercial breweries (and dare I say, many make better beers than some of the commercial beer out there!)

Happy New Year (Decade!)

From myself, Leon and Trevor we want to wish all of you lovely people that have supported our little country beer festival over the years a very Happy New Year. May 2020 be full of happiness, love, good health and most importantly great beer. Thank you for supporting us in 2019 and we can’t wait to party with you again in 2020.

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  • Rory Blake Taylor January 2, 2020

    Great write 😉 Hopoy new year of course !

    • admin January 4, 2020

      Thanks Rory, Hoppy New Year to you too!!

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