“Barrel and Brew” – it has such a great ring to it, don’t you think?

Next weekend (10,11 September 2011), fans of artisanal wine, beer and spirits are in for a treat… Blue Bird Garage (Muizenberg) presents the Barrel and Brew Festival, a “wine and beer festival with a difference – showcasing Western Cape Boutique, Garagiste, Organic and Bio-Diversity producers, with a passion and dedication for crafting the finest tasting and quality beverages – many of which the public get to sample by appointment only.”

The list of participating distillers, winemakers and brewers is impressive:

On offer will be a selection of artisanal Wines, Whiskey, Brandy, Absinthe, Gin, Cape Ruby, Beers and Ciders; including: Jorgensen’s Distillers, Bains Whiskey, Ernst Gouws & Co Wines, Topaz, Cheviot, Black Pearl, Stellar, Thunderchild, Reyneke, Laskar, Walker Bay and Boer & Brit Wines; Eversons and Elgin Cider, Wilderer, Boston, Darling Brew, Napier, Birkenhead, Mitchells Breweries and Camelthorn Brewing Company from Namibia hosted by the Beer Garden.

And there’s plenty for kids and teetotallers as well:

There will be the family friendly kiddies corner too and, obviously, no alcohol will be sold to under 18’s; so there will be BOS ice-tea, ginger beer, fruit juice and spring water as well as a variety of child friendly munchies and meals on offer. For the teetotaler or designated driver The Bluebird Pantry will also be hosting The Sweet Spot offering tea, coffee, cake, pastis, nougat and handcrafted chocolates.

There will be a range of gourmet snacks and meals to choose from including both vegetarian and meat options, a selection of cheese and breadboards from The Bluebird Pantry, mouthwatering Mediterranean offerings from Maria’s, mezze platters, chicken and chickpea stews from The Egyptian Gourmet, Dohne’s lasagnas and wraps, schwarmas from The Juicy Kebab, sandwiches, samosas, and various other finger licking nibbly bits will be on sale.

To further entertain you there will be the melodic strumming of acoustic minstrels to ease the winter blues away.

The Barrel and Brew Festival would like to promote responsible driving and therefore we are encouraging you to either walk to the event or to catch the train. The Facebook event page will have a train timetable. There is however plenty of parking in Wherry and Vlei Road with parking guards on duty.

Bluebird Garage hosts a weekly Friday night market, which is warm, friendly and very colourful.  I really enjoyed my last visit, and I have no doubt they will do an excellent job of hosting this new festival – and am very much looking forward to it.

Event Details:  Bluebird Garage Barrel & Brew Festival

Date: 10th and 11th of September
Venue: The Blue Bird Garage Market – Albertyn Road, Muizenberg – next to False Bay Train Station
Time: Saturday the 10th Spetember – 2 to 10pm. Sunday the 11th 12 to 8pm
Cost: R30
Contact details – Dylan Speer –bluebirdgarage@gmail.com
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