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THE OLYMPICS OF BARTENDING

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The Springbok pub in Newlands was one of Cape Town’s quirkiest, with tables in an old train carriage that seemed to shake whenever an actual commuter train passed by, causing patrons to grasp their pints for fear of spillage. Before it closed in 2019, the pub was probably best known for producing countless student hangovers. But it also has some longer-lasting – and more fruitful – legacies. It was the site of Shackleton Brewing Company’s first brewery and taproom back in 2017; it hosted the first cask ale festival in South Africa, at least this side of the Anglo-Boer War. And it was the starting point for a man that would go on to become one of South Africa’s leading bartenders.