West Coast winter wildness at the Darling Winter Beer Festival

The small town of Darling, on 30 June 2018, will for the third time be hosting its annual Darling Winter Beer Festival.

Visitors can expect a selection of great brews to savour, live music to enjoy, and artisanal food to keep bellies filled.

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Located a relatively short distance from Cape Town, making the trip from the Mother City to Darling will be an excellent chance to go on a sightseeing road trip in this part of the country. 

An easy drive on the R27 or N7 highways, this 76-kilometre drive will take you past a myriad of interesting attractions. From walking trails in nature reserves to the Darling Museum, shows at Evita se Perron to wine-tasting at Groote Post, there is plenty to do.

One of the best ways to acquaint yourself with the area and the surrounds is to take a road trip referred to as the ‘West Coast Way’.

With 6 routes and 101 points to explore, this journey is sure to be filled with novel encounters at interesting and beautiful locations.   

 The West Coast Way consists of 6 different routes. (Image: West Coast Way)

Darling Brew itself is located along the Foodie and Culture Routes along the West Coast Way.

Located at 48 Caledon Street in Darling is where the Winter Beer Festival will take place. Being a winter festival, the team at Darling Brew have seen it fit to prepare for inclement weather by moving the festival into the brewery itself, among the fermentation tanks.

With enough space for all, this is strangely enough, one of the most unique locations for a beer festival to be held. Beer will be served straight from the tank this year, meaning the beer will be, literally, as fresh as can be. 

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 Beer will be served up fresh from the tanks this year! (Photo: Darling Brew)

Serving up more than just Darling Brew, visitors can expect to enjoy beers from Drifter Brewing Company, Black Eagle Brewing Co, Red Sky Brew, RIOT Beer, D’Cider, Yzer Bru Brewery and the Franschhoek Beer Co.

 With a variety of beers available, there is something for everyone. (Photo: Darling Brew)

If all that beer gets you in the mood to party then you’re in luck with live music being provided by the Stone Jets, The Gambles and Sunset Sweatshop.

Children will also be entertained with a jungle gym, face-painting and biscuit-decorating all taking place within the confines of the Darling Brew premises. 

 Family-friendly fun is assured at the Darling Winter Beer Festival. (Photo: Darling Brew)

For more information on the Darling Winter Beer Festival and to get tickets, check out webtickets

For more information on the West Coast Way, visit their website.

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