Celebrating South Africa’s craft brewing heritage - Friars Habit Craft Brewery


On September 24, we, at Home Food and Travel, celebrated Heritage Day with a beer tasting. This has become an annual event and craft brewers from around the country have been kind enough to send us their wares.

This year, we had three brewers in attendance and we had the pleasure of tasting over 50 brews from 16 local breweries. In no particular order, this is what we discovered.

Friars Habit Craft Brewery – Pretoria, Gauteng

I had not tasted any of the Friars Habit brews before and looked forward to this tasting with anticipation. Three of their beers were unique at our tasting.

California Common

As this was the only beer of its type, it was popular amongst the tasters. This style of beer originated in San Francisco, in US, in the early 1900’s and is also known as a steam beer. It is in fact the hybrid of ale and a lager. We found it to be tasty with a clean, smooth finish with light caramel notes.

Irish Red Ale

The only Irish Red Ale of the day, we found it to be full of flavour with a medium moth feel. The malt was creamy smooth and had notes of caramel, raisins and dark plumbs. Our tasting notes said that it has English hops, which create the spice and grassy nose.

Honey Weiss

A classic Bavarian Hefenweizen, this wheat beer is delicately hopped and full of flavour with a slight sweetness.

Friar's Rabbit IPA

The brewer says; “Friar's Rabbit IPA stays true to its name: It's hoppy!" A well-balanced and hoppy IPA without excessive bitterness, this IPA is brewed with a selection of international hops including German, South African, American and British.

Interested in the other breweries we sampled? Read all about our experience with Brewhaha Micro Brewery here.

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