Bartending is not a new art. It's a practice that can be traced back to Ancient Greece, Rome, and Asian societies. Bartenders, or rather innkeepers during that time, were trusted by travellers to have their favourite drinks poured with expertise and craftsmanship. These innkeepers were also known to craft their own spirits and ales in alehouses.
Bartenders have shaped the way we celebrate occasions throughout history, because they have shaped the beer that we celebrate with.
DO YOU REALLY LOVE YOUR JOB?
At the World of Beer, everything we do is for the love of beer. From the history behind it to the art of brewing it, and even the barman that hands it to you. Bafana, our resident barman of three years embodies the essence of 'for the love of beer' each and every minute of his shift.
Bafana loves his job because he gets to interact with a diverse group of people every day and serve them ice cold delicious beer.
From tourists to local beer lovers, he's always ready to share his passion for beer while learning about foreign countries or engaging in some sports-related banter with a local soccer fan.
He has built on his thirst for knowledge, the love of the brew, and the appreciation for his customers to become the bartender he is today - one that is always happy to see you and to hand over that cold draught with a smile!
DO YOU HAVE GOOD TASTE IN BEER?
World of Beer hosts a wide variety of African beers from Castle Lager to Sibebe, Impala and Jacob's Pale Ale. Being spoilt for choice can sometimes throw you off: are you making the right decision to fit your palate, is there a refreshing beer to quench your thirst on this steaming hot day? So many questions, yet only one man to answer them - can you trust his palate?
We believe you can! Being a bartender at World of Beer, Bafana has developed a great understanding of the aromas, tastes, body and colour of each beer. He has had thorough training and practise to understand exactly what you're looking for. And if you can't decide then, have his favourite beer - a Castle Milk Stout! He believes it gives him energy and keeps him open-minded.
THE TAPROOM, THE LAST BUT MOST IMPORTANT ROOM AT WORLD OF BEER
When you walk into the World of Beer Taproom, you know Bafana will be around the corner with a smile on his face and ready to serve you a beer that is fresh and cold.
Before his shift begins, he ensures that all the beers are stocked, the kegs have enough of the good stuff in them and all the glasses are sparkling clean - a beer in a dirty glass is a definite NO. But if beer isn't to your liking, there is a range of soft drinks as well as some scrumptious bar food to enjoy.
Bafana gave a few words of advice for new barmen starting out:
“Always be energetic - smile! Empower yourself with knowledge of what you serve, go beyond just recommending beers, recommend the food dishes that would go with specific brands. Be passionate about what you do, and you will love each day of work.”
GET A TASTE OF BAFANA'S PASSION AT THE WORLD OF BEER
Our doors are (almost) always open. Make the experience a full one and go on a beer tour before you visit Bafana in the Taproom – you'll get 2 free beers too!
Here's all the info you need:
- Adults R130.00
- Pensioners R120.00
- Students (Student card required) R120.00
- Children (up to17 years) R50.00
- Red Bus R125.00
- Pub-lunch entrance fee includes 2 x 500ml draught R60.00
- Beer Tasting R120.00
- Tour & Tasting Package R200.00
- Evening Tour (10 or more people) R180.00
Included in the rate (excepting for children) is the following:
- Tour guide
- A half-way beer
- Souvenir glass
- Two drink vouchers redeemable in the Taproom
- Bar snacks (Simba chips and peanuts)
If you'd like to book a tour now, we've made it easy. All you have to do is follow the link, buy your tickets and come on over to the home of beer!
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