Capital Craft will be hosting the 5th annual Capital Craft Beer Festival. Over the last few years Capital Craft Beer Festival has established itself as an indispensable part of the Pretoria social calendar not to be missed as 8000 beer and music lovers congregate in the beautiful natural scenery offered by the Pretoria National Botanical Gardens. This event sets the bar for the industry with over 35 brewers present, ample entertainment available and a massive variety of food to choose from. Don’t miss out on this spectacular event.

Capital Craft Beer Fest promises to be a well-executed and unforgettable experience.

With all of that said, we had a chat with one of the brewers on the day, Zeppelin Craft Brewery.

Hi guys. Thanks for chatting with us! First things first, how did you come up with the name, Zeppelin?

The search for the name Zeppelin was a difficult one, every member had their own ideas but the concepts did not fit all the members personality. The name Zeppelin was found through all the members love for old school rock and who’s better than Led Zeppelin. Zeppelin Craft Beer is synonymous with Rock Music and what it is all about!

Nice! How did Zeppelin start?

Zeppelin started as a hobby amongst eight friends, with a love for beer and good music, as a way to get together and relive the tensions of everyday life. A year into our experimentation with recipes and different styles of beer, we got the opportunity to rent a small space at Blos Café in the East of Pretoria, and decided to go commercial! From there everything just boomed.

How are you feeling about being at the Capital Craft Beer Festival 2017?

We are extremely excited to be a part of this amazing festival. We have attended the festival many times before and tapping beer at the festival has been a long time dream. According to Zeppelin this is one of the best beer fests around, equal at least to the likes of Clarens Beer Festival!!!

True! What other brewers are you keen on seeing and having a beer with at the festival?

Hennie from Two Okes, Brendan from Frontier and Andre from Cockpit Brewery.

Lekker Okes. Why do you think Craft Beer Festivals are a necessity in South Africa?

In these times of mass production, the Craft/Small business needs a platform to get their product into the market! With the existing Liquor Laws, it is very difficult for a micro brewery to sell to the public, and get the man on the street interested to drink Craft Beer. Beer festivals give the brewers a passage to meet with the public and get them interested and “converted” to Craft Beer.

What beers will you have on offer at the festival to the Capital?

We will be serving our full range of beer, ie Blonde Ale, Irish Red Ale, Hefe Weiss, IPA, Milk Stout and our new addition to the family, the Belgian Pale Ale!

Jinne! What makes Zeppelin Craft Brewery tick and successful?

Our alternative approach to the Craft Beer market. We have a much different look and feel compared to the average Craft Brewery. We have more of a “hard rock, industrial, manly, no crap” approach compared to the “good and wholesome barley and hops field” look and image of the average Craft Brewery!

Coolios. Sounds awesome. What are your thoughts on the Craft Beer scene in Pretoria?

A long way to go! Pretoria is far behind to the likes of Cape Town, Johannesburg and Durban in the Craft Beer scene. I find that the Pretoria Brewers tend to try and keep Pretoria exclusive to them, but that is not good for business according to us. We need to get people in Pretoria interested and converted to Craft Beer and to accomplish this, we need as many flavours, styles and types of Craft Beer available to the public to get everyone interested. Capital Craft does a lot to achieve this in Pretoria!!!

Yup. They really do good for the scene here. If you could collaborate with any other brewing for one beer, who would it be, and what would you call the beer?

Riot Beer from Cape Town and call it “ The Hindenburg Valve Imperial IPA”!!!ed

Don’t miss out on Zeppelin and Capital Craft Beer Festival. Book your tickets today! Lekker!