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Brewing the Republic: a documentary on South African beer

Excited to see the film

It’s been a couple of years in the making and last night Brewing the Republic, a feature-length documentary on the South African beer scene, was premiered at the Labia Theatre in Cape Town.

It was a perfect evening: glorious weather to mingle in the courtyard sipping on Newlands Spring brews, an impressive turnout of brewers, beer personalities and festival organisers and a thoroughly enjoyable 77 minutes spent watching Brewing the Republic on the big screen.… Read More

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Winners of the 2018 Brewmistress Awards

Voting has closed and the responses have laboriously been tallied. Just over 200 beer lovers took part in the second annual Brewmistress South African Beer Awards with dozens and dozens of breweries, bars and bottle stores nominated. Although it makes the count a bit of a pain in the ass, the fact that so many liquor stores and bars/restaurants are being mentioned shows that craft beer’s footprint is happily growing.… Read More

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Fifteen Years of BeerSmith – Our 15th Anniversary

In late October of 2013, I published version 1.0 of BeerSmith. Now 15 years later, the BeerSmith community has grown and through the software, newsletter, articles and podcast to reach hundreds of thousands of brewers worldwide. I would like to personally thank each and every one of you for your continued support.… Read More

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Big name beer imports to South Africa – bonus or burden?

You might have noticed a few new names on the beer shelves lately. Well actually, they’re very familiar names, but new to South Africa. Last month, Lagunitas beers arrived in our liquor stores and bars. Around 40 especially chosen establishments around the Western Cape now have Lagunitas IPA on tap, while a very select number of venues are also stocking the IPA and A Little Sumpin’ Sumpin’ Ale in 355ml bottles.… Read More

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