It's South African National Beer Day! Celebrate and get to know your local brews a bit better

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On the first Saturday in February, bars, and breweries across the country celebrate all things hoppy.  

South African National Beer Day was born in 2017 as a way to honour our own beers in the height of Summer (International Beer Day takes place in our Winter which means we're probably less likely to crack open a cold one when the weather is chilly.) 

Beer is one of the oldest and most interesting alcoholic beverages. There is so much to know about it and if you're curious to find out more than you do already, check out a few of the great articles below.

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1. The difference between a lager and an ale
This is great to know for any general knowledge game!

2. The perfect beer for braai food
As South Africans we're very accustomed to enjoying a frosty beer with a braai - but what really pairs the best? Read the article to find out.

3. Interesting and unusual craft beers to look out for this year
If you're an adventurous beer drinker and like to try new things, you'll find some fun new brews to stock up on. 


4. Cooking with beer
Never tried it? Now you can - using your favourite brew. Think beer-marinated chicken, beer-battered fish tacos plus a few more.



5. 2018 Caft beer trends
Now, this is pretty cool. We're starting to see some real snazzy brewing methods like barrel-aged beers and NEIPAs (read the article to find out what they are!). 



6. Making beer with bread
Yes - it's possible and a Cape Town brewery is doing just that, using old bread from local bakeries. How cool?


If you'd like to know what events are happening in your city, check out the #SANBeerDay website!


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From world records to interesting events in history. People have been drinking beer for thousands of years, leading to many facts both funny and historical, about this golden nectar. Martin Luther once said "Whoever drinks beer, he is quick to sleep; whoever sleeps long, does not sin; whoever does not sin, enters Heaven!