We are little over a week from one of the best day events in SA, the CAPITAL CRAFT BEER FEST, which brings together thousands of beer loving festival doers to enjoy a day of fun in the sun. One of the breweries on show this year is the company DEVIL’s PEAK, who will be offering a range of their amazing craft beers. We had the privilege of chatting to the guys at DEVIL’s PEAK, discussing this years event, how they got started and what we have to look forward to come the beer festival next weekend. This is what they had to say:
We are firm believers in the simple adage: What you put in is what you get out. ‘Truth to material’ is a tenet of modern art and architecture that holds that any material should be used where it is most appropriate and its nature should not be hidden.
As such, one of the facets of our craft beer fundamentalism is the sourcing of malt, hops and yeasts that are best for the style being brewed. The ingredients are King. With the result these are a host of beers made locally from the highest quality ingredients sourced internationally. Ingredients from Europe and America combine with creative recipes perfected over years by our chief beer maker.
We strive to use only the best ingredients that when used in the correct combination will show a beer style in its true form. The ingredients where the beer style demands will be sourced internationally. We will also look to local ingredients to provide a sense of place and character to a few of the specialty beers that we produce.
The proof is in the drinking
The closest experience South Africans will have had to true craft beer is wine, and there is an element of wine in the enjoyment of these styles. Just as wine has rituals and notions of taste, food pairing, etiquette etc; so will these beers.
The 10 craft beer commandments
1. Beer should not be drunk from the bottle
2. Pale Lager is not the only style of beer
3. Sniff before you sip
4. Honour thy hops
5. The recipe is king
6. Do not covet thy neighbours’ draft, share
7. Appreciation is in the eye of the beer holder
8. No two beer styles are alike
9. Worship is reserved for rare styles
10. Resist the ordinary
Born as a response to the beer culture in South Africa and a desire to share the exciting developments that are taking place in the craft beer realm elsewhere, Devil’s Peak Brewing Company (DPBC) sets out to produce brews unlike any other beer you’re likely to find in South Africa.
MA: Hello there, how you doing today? It’s a pleasure to be chatting to you!
Great to be here! Thanks for having us.
MA: To get started, do you mind giving us a quick introduction to how Devil’s Peak Brewing Co. got started and where in SA you are from?
Devil’s Peak started in Cape Town with a mission to bring the craft beer revolution to South Africa. We took our cues from successful breweries abroad – both American and Belgian – and made it our calling to educate South African’s on the possibilities of beer. New styles, new flavours and a new way of thinking about beer. Devil’s Peak isn’t beer as you know it, but beer as it should be!
MA: How many years has Devil’s Peak Brewing Co. been around for?
We’ve been around for quite some time now – starting in 2011 but trading commercially from March of 2012. What began as a 500L brewery on the outskirts of Cape Town has evolved into quite the operation!
MA: What are the beers that you offer at your brewery?
The list is always growing, but we currently produce Devil’s Peak Pale Ale and Lager, First Light Golden Ale, and The King’s Blockhouse IPA year-round. We also have beers from our specialty range including the Vin de Saison, our beer and wine hybrid, as well as Vannie Hout, our barrel- aged farmhouse ale. We’re also releasing beers from the Explorer Series which includes the recently released Stoned Pale Ale as well as our Grapefruit Express IPA, Juicy Lucy New England IPA and Strawberry Fields IPA. Finally, we have beers from our collaboration series, like Rubus Raspberry Pale Ale, that we teamed up with renowned Scottish brewery Fierce Beer to create. If you blink, you’ll miss a new beer, so be sure to follow us on our social channels for the latest.
MA: What have been some of the major challenges for your brewery over the years?
As the craft beer industry started to boom, many breweries, ourselves included, had a real challenge in keeping up with consumer demand. Making our beers available to fans nationwide was a challenge that we had to tackle from quite an early stage in our business as well. All in all – they were great problems to have to tackle!
MA: Micro Breweries and locally made beer is fast becoming high in demand and highly attractive. How have you seen the change in mindset of local South Africans over the years to local craft beer?
South Africa has always been a lager drinking country, but we’ve seen a real shift in the palate of beer drinkers. While lagers, including our DPBC Lager, are still in demand, so are other interesting styles. It’s amazing for us to see the lineup of beers available at your average bar when compared to three years ago. There’s no stopping it now – the revolution is here to stay.
MA: You will have a stand at the Capital Craft Beer Festival in Pretoria this year. Are you guys excited for this year’s festival?
Capital Craft is always an epic time. We can’t wait to share a few pints with our amazing fans in Pretoria and enjoy what is going to be a brilliant day.
MA: Lets make a prediction… which of your beers would be the best seller on the day?
That’s a tough one, hey. The sheer number of specialty beers we’re bringing will be enough to get any true craft beer fan excited. We’ve also got a bit of a trick up our sleeve, but we’re not quite ready to announce that yet.
MA: Are there any special mentions you wish to make, praising the people who have helped put craft beer on the map in SA?
The great thing about the craft beer industry in South Africa is the sense of community. There are a ton of great craft breweries out there, both big and small, that are helping to spread the word, move the segment forward, and create really exceptional beers. Cheers to brewers and the teams behind them!
MA: Where can we get hold of you on social media?
We’re all about social. You can find us on: