Why I can’t stop thinking about SA on Tap!

Last Friday I got to experience SA’s biggest craft beer festival.

SA on Tap was hosted at the picturesque Belltower Lawns in Montecasino. This is where SA’s top craft breweries show off their creations to the public. The festival is also home to some of the best local music, as well as the most delicious street food this side of the Equator!


I made my way to the bustling lawn area where I was greeted by the smell of delicious food and the sounds of beer drinking delightSA’s  top craft breweries like Copperlake, Mad Giant, Zwakala, Basset Brewery and Growler Brewing Co were all at the ready. It was great to see each brewery show their own unique personalities through their offbeat beer names and stands (many had fun games and competitions). It was an awesome sight (and let’s not forget the taste delights)!

The Nottingham Road Brewing Company was the first pitstop on my Craft Beer adventure. John, the General Manager at Notties, was super friendly and knows everything craft beer-related. He suggested their Tiddly Toad Light Lager. The best way I can describe it is a fruity Castle Lite- delicioso!


Sipping on my crisp Notties Lager, I listened to the first music performance of the day. Bloemfontein based Simpl3 Stori3s added some incredibly chilled vibes to the sunny afternoon. I still have that Xhosa Beer Song stuck in my head! They kept the crowd entertained with great music, good humour and a groovy on-stage presence.

After lots more craft beer tasting and listening to the stories behind the breweries, it was time to get some food. I was spoilt for choice! I eventually settled on an Italian Stallion made by Sumting Fresh. Two deep fried-fried chicken schnitzels nestled in a bagel, dashed with a tangy sauce. It was pretty messy, but worth it. Next up, I tucked into a pulled pork BBQ sandwich, served by the friendly guys at Culture Kitchen. I was in food heaven!

I had the honor of meeting the super-friendly and charismatic, Dan Patlansky. What a pleasure to meet a local Joburg boy who’s made it big in the international blues scene. He was excited to play at SA on Tap for the first time, as the final leg of his Solo Acoustic tour. As I waited for his performance to start, I sipped on a glass of Killer Hop Pale Ale from Mad Giant. I’m no expert, but I’m sure I tasted hints of honey and caramel. When the music started, it was the perfect accompaniment to the day’s sensory feast! Dan’s soulful guitar playing and vocals mesmerized the crowd from beginning to end. He’s such an amazing talent and I highly recommend checking out his new album, “Introvertigo”! 

I left SA on Tap with a full belly and a healthy respect for the love and skill South African Brewers put into their beer.

Fantastic food, brilliant beer. Thanks SA on Tap!