Whether you’re into craft beer or not, we’re all too familiar with the growth of the industry in South Africa over the past few years, with craft beer becoming increasingly available at restaurants, bars and liquor stores across the country.
Despite its growth, some of us are still hesitant on getting into it because we just never thought we’d drink beer but are still somewhat keen. So, where do you start?
1. Visit a craft beer bar or craft beer festival for variety
If you’re looking for craft beer you’ve got to go where the craft beer is, and ensure it’s where there’s variety so that you have a wide range of beer brands and beer types to choose from. Your best bet would a craft beer restaurant & bar like Beerhouse or popular craft beer festivals like the Clarens Craft Beer Festival or the SA on Tap Craft Beer and Music Festival.
2. Start off safe
Starting off safe is why variety is your friend. As much as you can drink a Pale Ale or Weiss with fruity undertones, when you’re starting out and you’re not a beer drinker, it’s best to start off with something that is actually fruit flavoured like a Cherry or even a Ginger Beer flavoured craft beer, for example. This way you’re drinking a beer but it’s not too harsh on the taste buds.
3. Then play around a lil’ bit
Once you’re comfortable, it’s time to play around with everything else that’s available so you can see what works for you. In my case, I’ve settled on Lagers but there’s so much more out there. If you’re not too keen on jumping straight into the bitter, I’d suggest progressing from Weiss’, to Ales, to Pilsners and then Lagers and playing around with craft beers from various South African breweries as well. Eventually you’ll settle on a beer type and brand(s) that tickles your fancy and has you calling yourself a (craft) beer drinker.
Are you a (craft) beer drinker? What tips do you have for anyone looking to become one? Do share!