It’s that time of year again, when leprechauns appear and beer is tinged green in celebration of the patron saint of Ireland, St Patrick.
Although Friday 17 March is officially St Patrick’s Day, the SAB World of Beer has put together a whole week’s worth of Irish-inspired enjoyment to look forward to.
“From 13 to 19 March, you’ll be able to sip on green Castle Draught in the Lion Bar during our fun and informative tour,” says SAB World of Beer general manager Tony Rubin. (Don’t worry, it’s just a drop of food colouring.)
And it’s not just the popular beer tour that’s getting an Irish makeover – there’s yummy fare on offer, too.
After your tour, why not pop up to the Tap Room to enjoy a selection of sweet and savoury traditional (and not so traditional) Irish delights?
Here’s what will be coming out of the kitchen:
- St Paddy’s stout pie with dipping gravy and potato wedges
- Crispy pork belly with mashed cabbage potatoes and Irish ale gravy
- Irish shepherd’s pie with Irish cabbage salad
- St Patrick’s chocolate brownie trifle
- Apple berry crumble with Irish whiskey cream
Situated in the heart of Newtown, Johannesburg, the SAB World of Beer is a premier tourist attraction that is open daily from 10am to 6pm. We run tours every hour on the hour and bookings are essential. The last tour starts at 5pm, except for Sundays and Mondays, when the last tour is at 4pm.
Tickets cost R115 per person, which includes two beers, a commemorative glass and a guided tour on the history of beer-making.
“Just for luck, we are encouraging tour-goers to wear something green and join in the fun,” says Rubin.
To book a tour, contact the SAB World of Beer on +27 (0)11 836 4900 or visit our website for more details.
Making green beer at home
If you'd like to continue the St Patrick's Day festivities at home, add three to four drops of liquid green food colouring to a clear beer glass. Then slowly pour a lightly coloured beer into the glass and watch as it mixes with the colouring to create the perfect St Patrick’s Day drink.