SAAFoST Northern Branch Year End Function

Beer Tasting and Braai at SAB-Miller, Sandton on Tuesday 16 November 2010
The Occasion: "Beer Tasting with SAB's Experts"

The Sensory specialists:

i) Dr Frieda Dehrmann. Central Office QA Manager
Frieda obtained her PhD in Biochemistry from the University of Kwazulu Natal. She joined SAB-Miller's Prospecton Brewery where she did extensive work on flavour stability while moving up to the position of Quality Assurance Manager. From Natal, Frieda moved to Central Office and took up the position of Sensory and Taste Manager. In this role she was instrumental in implementing the Global SAB-Miller strategy on Tasting as a key quality parameter, using a system administered by one of the foremost independent flavour tasting companies in the world. She was responsible for the roll-out of the new system to 220 breweries around the world and has been involved in training some 4,000 SAB Miller tasters globally. Frieda herself is a world class beer taster and this year was runner up Taster of the Year for SAB-Miller Global. Her eminence in the field has been widely recognised. She has been invited to adjudicate in a number of international beer competitions, including the prestigious World Beer Cup competition in 2008 and 2010, held in the US, as one of only 30 women judges in a panel of 120.

ii) Gary Steyn. Taste Manager
Gary has brought to the position of Taste Manager, a wealth of experience acquired in his 27 years in brewing in a number of SAB-Miller breweries. For most of that time he has been involved in tasting and has become an eminent and experienced taster in his own right. Gary has ably taken up the torch of Taste Management for SAB-Miller from Frieda. One of Gary's many functions is to train new tasters and track and maintain the high standards of existing taster competence in the business, a task to which he brings his extensive expertise, a passionate commitment and an irresistible sense of fun. Gary also leads taste panels which profile the taste characteristics of new products. In addition, Gary leads weekly taste panels which profile and evaluate all brands form local breweries, as well as from SAB-Miller breweries in Africa and Asia, and are an integral part of the Quality Assurance program of all SAB-Miller breweries.


Tuesday 16 November 2010


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SAB, 65 Park Lane, Sandown, Sandton

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  • 16:30-17:00 Arrival and welcome
  • Short presentation by Frieda Dehrmann and Garry Steyn on different beer styles
  • Tasting sessions with instructions and commentary by Frieda Dehrmann/Garry Steyn
  • Short "test" for identification of styles
  • Braai. Beer and soft drinks kindly sponsored by SAB-Miller


R 120 per person for beer tasting and braai. Please indicate if vegetarian option is required.


Please book through Bheki Dlamini - not later than Friday 12th November.
Please do so early to avoid disappointment since only 100 individuals can be accommodated.
Book by e-mail: or
Fax: (012) 420 2839

Kindly provide the following information:

  1. Name(s) of all attendees
  2. Company
  3. Tel:
  4. Fax:
  5. E-mail
  6. Number of people for beer tasting and braai:
Indicate whether any vegetarians are attending.

Payment method:

Cash only, on the night please.


If you cannot make it, please cancel by Friday 12th November or, preferably, send someone in your place.
Anyone who registers for supper and does not attend will regrettably have to be invoiced.