Travelling to Clarens This weekend gone by, in spite of a broken radiator in a 25 year old car, we managed to make it to the tenth Clarens Craft Beer Festival. And I could not be happier that we persisted! What an event. I think most beer lovers will regard this as THE beer festival. …

by Trevor Gerntholtz

Travelling to a Beer Fest It was Saturday 6th April 2019. The sky was cloudless and the sun was heating the day nicely. My wife and I were walking down the main street in Greyton in the Western Cape, South Africa. We were heading for the Fools and Fans Beer Fest, held on the first …

by David Stratton

Homebrew Competition With just over a month to go until your beer needs to be dropped off for the Fools & Fans Homebrew Competition, this weekend represents the best time to get brewing. Nice fresh beer, perfectly conditioned! Also enter that barrel ages RIS you’ve been hanging onto for the last couple of years, I’m …

by Mike Halls

Beer is pleasure Perspective is a funny thing. A short drive for some mundane admin task feels like a bridge too far, yet travelling great distances for something you love is a pleasure. I’ve done to trip from Joburg to Cape Town many times for various beer related activities and each time I ask myself …

by Rob Cass

The Location In rolling hills just outside Cape Town lies the small town of Greyton and Home of Old Potters Inn and Brewery. I have visited the brewery and area numerous times with my family and friends. I mean where can you open your window drapes in the middle of town and see a cow …

by Danie Odendaal

Of all the beer festivals during the year, Fools and Fans has become the one I make sure I don’t miss. Here are ten reasons why: 1. It’s in April It is one of the best times of the year for a beer festival, especially in the Overberg. The weather is usually ideal and there …

by Matthew Hurst

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 …

by Mike Halls

Homebrew Competition Entries to the Fools & Fans Homebrew Competition are now open. This year things will be a little bit different. We’ve listened to your feedback and we will be introducing preliminary judging rounds. These will happen in Cape Town and Johannesburg (and possibly in Durban too, if we get enough entries). The top …

by Mike Halls

Fools Friday We hate the crass consumerism implicit in “Black Friday”, but this is Fools Friday! We are offering a once off, never to be repeated, crazy ticket special for the Weekend Ticket, Fools & Fans and Homebrewers & Harlequins. This pre-launch special give you access to both Friday’s Festival and Saturdays. Don’t miss out, …

by Trevor Gerntholtz

Preparation is underway Fools 2020 is creeping up on us fast, and as we head into the festival season rest assured that planning is already underway to make our fourth annual Fools & Fans the greatest yet. We are busy securing the countries best breweries to attend this year, so stay tuned to our social …

by Mike Halls