I kind of fell in love with this beer before I’d even tasted it. When Little Wolf held an evening of saison appreciation a few week back, I was recovering from a three-week trip to the States (stinking cold picked up on the plane and a touch of beer fatigue from the hundred-plus beers tasted).… Read More
Without any preamble, here’s a list of beery ways (in South Africa) to treat the dad in your life this Father’s Day. (It’s a work in progress, so bookmark and check back later in the week).
Beerhouse Fourways Order a 750g tomahawk steak and a 500ml Jack Black Beer for only R250.… Read More
Last night, just as I was tucking into my “yay the child is in bed” beer, my phoned beeped. It was a message from our Women in Beer group, a screen grab of labels from a new contract brewery in Gauteng.… Read More
As one great 80s icon said, life moves pretty fast. Here we are, almost half way through 2018 and I have managed a measly 11 posts on this blog all year. Eleven. That’s half a post a week, which is a bit crap.… Read More
When I received the press release about Bicycle Kick, a couple of things grabbed me. It’s a collab Kölsch, designed for the forthcoming World Cup in Russia and I thought the addition of chamomile (apparently Russia’s national flower) was a clever idea, though lemongrass “to represent the pitch” was perhaps a bit of a stretch.… Read More
This blog is generally all about beer, beer, beer, but do you know what beer lovers love? Whiskey. It’s kind of beer’s closest cousin and this weekend Cape Town is host to a festival dedicated to American whiskey.
The House of Machines has partnered with Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey, Gentlemen Jack, Jim Beam, Maker’s Mark, Woodford Reserve, and Bulleit Bourbon to stage Proof, The American Whiskey Festival – a one-day fest taking place in Cape Town’s CBD.… Read More
Cask ale has never really been a thing in South Africa. I’m not sure it has any reputation at all, but if it does, it’s probably not a particularly positive one, sadly. But as our beer culture grows, cask ale is gradually beginning to trickle into our pint mugs.… Read More
I am utterly biased of course, but I have long thought that the Southyeasters Summer Fest is one of the best beer festivals in South Africa. It’s one of the few that really is all about the beer. You grab a tasting glass on your way in and you do the rounds, gradually tasting every beer on show (or at least, as many as you can manage).… Read More
I’ve lived in South Africa for almost eight years and Cape Town is very much my home. I’ve set down roots here, I’ve made friends here and I love living here. But there are some things that, as a foreigner, I will probably never ‘get’: why anyone would voluntarily eat a skilpadjie; why Jack Parow is considered humorous…and why the hell you can’t buy a beer in a South African supermarket.… Read More
“Growing the SA craft beer industry”. That’s the tagline of this year’s Craft Brewers Powwow, held in Cape Town from May 11-13. And it sums up exactly why brewers and beer enthusiasts should be saving their cash to attend the three-day conference.… Read More