Honing in on the growing allure of craft beer (*), The Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa has introduced a brand-new craft beer and craft cider tasting that ma y be booked for private groups of between two and 20 guests, either in The Leopard Bar (for up to 10 people), or the Conservatory (for 11-20 guests), at a cost of R175 per person, including canapés. The private craft beer and craft cider tasting can be booked up to 24 hours in advance, depending on availability, any time between 10:00 and midnight.

The five-star Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa, situated on Cape Town’s – if not the world’s – most scenic route, recently celebrated its 10th birthday. Well established as the city’s leading boutique hotel, The Twelve Apostles Hotel is a member of Leading Hotels of the World and prides itself in offering guests that ‘personal touch’. Providing a convenient complimentary shuttle service, guests are five minutes from the most beautiful beaches and Camps Bay, 15 minutes from the city centre and V&A Waterfront, and within easy reach of many vineyards within the Cape Winelands. Helicopter transfers are also available to offer an exhilarating experience flying over the spectacular peninsula.

Poised above the Atlantic Ocean, the five-star Cape Town hotel is situated at the water’s edge of a marine reserve, boasting frequent whale and dolphin sightings. Surrounded by nature only, the hotel is flanked by the majestic Table Mountain and the Twelve Apostles mountain range within the Table Mountain National Park. The interior design is inspired by its name sake, creating a fresh, calming environment that artfully combines sophistication with simplicity, comfort and elegance.

Guests are spoilt with spectacular views of the ocean and mountain views in each of the 70 bedrooms and suites, including the Presidential Suite, each superbly designed to provide the utmost comfort and style.

The hotel boasts two swimming pools perched above the ocean; its award-winning health and beauty spa; Azure Restaurant, the Café Grill, and the Leopard Room Bar & Lounge; a 16-seater pr ivate cinema; and meeting, events & wedding facilities for up to 90 guests.

The term ‘craft beer’ typically applies to relatively small, independently-owned commercial breweries employing traditional brewing methods, with an emphasis on flavour and quality. ‘Craft ciders’ are made from 100% apples or pears, without any additions, and are sometimes oak matured.

Hosted by Head Sommelier Gregory Mutambe or his colleague Richard Gosa, guests will be able to taste five different craft beers and craft ciders, together with a selection of perfectly matched canapés prepared by Executive Chef Christo Pretorius. These include Chicken Liver Granola, paired with Boston– Van Hunks Pumpkin Ale; followed by Springbok Loin with cashew cream, braised fig and wild rice puffs, accompanied by CBC– Amber Weiss; then Yellow fin Tuna ceviche, miso dressing, baked avocado and curried paw paw, served with CBC– Krystal Weiss; and Oxtail Croquettes, to be enjoyed with Brewers & Union– Unfiltered Dark lager. As a sweet finish, Orpens Apple Cider will enhance the flavours of Chef Christo’s delicious Granny Smith Apple dessert – cinnamon and caramel terrine, caramel sauce and apple gel.

Hotel residents and diners at The Twelve Apostles’ Azure Restaurant may also join the Sommelier for a complimentary craft beer tasting every Thursday before dinner, from 17:30 to 18:15. Guests will be introduced to a selection of three, mostly locally produced brews, with an explanation of the different styles and brewing methods, and food pairing suggestions.

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