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Green beer marks St Patrick’s Day at the SAB World of Beer

If the beer has turned green at the SAB World of Beer, it must be St Patrick’s Day!

“From 13 to 19 March 2018, you’ll be able to sip on green Castle draught in the Lion Bar during our fun and informative tour. Don’t worry – it’s just a drop of food colouring,” says SAB World of Beer manager Felicia Mokoena.

Green beer is the order of the day for St Patrick’s Day celebrations.

Green beer is the order of the day for St Patrick’s Day celebrations.

In keeping with the Irish tradition of drinking green beer in celebration of their patron saint, on and around 17 March pubs and taverns encourage the Irish diaspora – and everyone else – to drink a toast to “St Paddy”.

In Newtown, the SAB World of Beer will host a special tour linked to the Irish tradition from 13 to 19 March. Running from 10am to 6pm daily, this annual special includes two beers, a commemorative glass and a guided tour.

The highlight will be lifting a glass of green beer at the Lion Bar, an early 19th-century Johannesburg replica pub. The tour costs R125 per person.

And the fun doesn’t end there! For those craving some hearty Irish fare after the tour, the Tap Room has three tasty Irish dishes on offer, along with two Irish-themed desserts.

Select from St Paddy’s stout pie with dipping gravy and potato wedges; crispy pork belly with mashed cabbage potatoes and Irish ale gravy; or Irish shepherd’s pie with Irish cabbage salad. For dessert, there’s St Patrick’s chocolate brownie trifle or apple berry crumble with Irish whiskey cream.

“To get the luck of the Irish, we encourage tour-goers to wear something green and join the fun,” says Mokoena.

To book a tour, contact SAB World of Beer on +27 (0)11 836 4900 or email

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