Local craft beer company Devil’s Peak is doing pretty well for itself.
Its unique craft beers often come out tops at local tasting competitions, with the latest win being the South African National Beer Trophy awards for their Vannie Hout in the ‘Best Speciality Beer’ category.
Read more about that here.
But while they have been flexing their craft creations all over the country, Devil’s Peak has also been working on something impressive behind the scenes at home.
Located in the heart of Epping, Devil’s Peak’s Afrofunk sour facility is the latest addition to their family and is the largest barrel-ageing programme in the country.
It’s hosted inside their brand new 6 500 m2 brewery which invites the fans and craft bear enthusiasts alike to experience the Devil’s Peak brand, beers and brewing in a way that was never before possible.
It’s obvious that Devil’s Peak loves dabbling in new beer styles, and now they have a facility which focuses on the creation of sour beers, the oldest kind of beer in the world. The notion of ageing a beer and allowing various yeasts and bacteria to transform it into something truly amazing is what inspires them to produce sours.
We introduced you to the concept of sour beers here.
The build up to the opening of the brewery began in July when we first got a snapshot of the “big” brewhouse’s “big chimney” being installed:
Essentially a place for Devils’ Peak to significantly expand their pre-barrel ageing and primary fermentation options, here are a few more snaps from inside.
The Afrofunk sour facility:
And in a look at it from inside the main brewery section:
A look at the first foudres, which are essentially large casks for maturing, storing, and transporting wine, but will be used to house beer:
A massive collection of 400-hectolitre tanks. Devil’s Peak head brewer, JC Steyn, stands in for scale:
The old brewing system is kept around for smaller brews:
Their new hop gun which guarantees efficient dissolving of hop pellets:
Lastly, the 40-head, 12 000 bottle per hour Kosme filler for some insane bottling production:
With the brewery’s namesake in the background, at the facility you will find a small team of dedicated craft beer producers who are absolutely obsessed with driving exceptional beer in South Africa.
Pop in and you can get a full tour of the new facility.
You can also book one of their in-house boardrooms for a business meeting and, whether it’s for breakfast, lunch or dinner, the space also hosts Taproom Epping, a warm and welcoming pub and restaurant with a view of the Afrofunk sour facility.
Yes, it also has the full complement of the latest and most innovative beers from DPBC and friends.
Congrats, julle, we’ll crack a cold one with the team in your honour.
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