Mash No.2 – Bearded Brew

I mash in with Danie Odendaal, a real South African gem and one of our greatest brewing minds. Qualified with Msc and IBD Master Brewer with over 20 years experience brewing for macro. Danie fulfilled various roles at SAB including Brewmaster, consumer science manager and brewing innovation. He is also known as one of SA’s…

Mash No. 1 – The Frontier

In this episode I mash in with Brendan Hart from Frontier brewery based in Johannesburg.  We chat about getting wood for barrel ageing, South African iconic literature, sexual bibles themes, the lunatic fringe, promiscuity, creating the worlds best Pilsner some other beer stuff.

The bock: a lager in ale’s clothing

Beer, with its seemingly infinite varieties, often surprises and challenges. Sometimes, a beer comes along that grabs your attention because it is so different to what you were expecting. The bock is just one of those styles: it is so magnificently schizophrenic, so contrary to conventional perception. It’s a lager but it’s not yellow, nor…

Beer in the great outdoors

If you truly want to experience the bush you need to immerse yourself in it. There is something spiritual about camping, shedding away the complexity of life, divorcing your brain from unearthly patterns of technology and being at peace away from the humdrum of humans with long lenses and the screeches of “Oh my god! It’s an IMPALA!!!” often heard…

The People’s Choice

Yes, this year’s People’s Choice Award for South Africa’s best beer at the South African National Beer Trophy(SANBT)* went overwhelmingly, over 30% of the vote, to a macro lager. That being the much awarded and vaunted champion beer, Black Label. Now that set the commercial cat amongst the ‘craft’ pigeons at the awards ceremony! With…

Beer’s Fourth Estate

  There is an inherent almost instinctive human need to grade our experiences. Rating things enhances our status as a consumer from passive to active. It wrestles the power away from the capitalist’s boardrooms and shareholders and back into our hands. Producers of goods are now beholden to a wide audience and their experiences. The…

Grape to Grain

The great civilisations of Greece and Rome changed the course of history and brought the rest of the world, education, civilisation and wine through aggressive conquest. They did, however, fail to conquer the barbarian hordes of central Europe. Evidence of this is quite simply ‘beer’.  The Germanic tribes of central Europe, whose alcoholic tipple of…

Judge for yourself

Fifteen years ago I did first year law at university. It was more out of curiosity than any childhood dream to be a suit. To be honest I do not remember much of the content of the course besides an argument for precedence in the legalisation of marijuana for religious reasons.  I am not sure…

Can the real IPA Day Please Stand Up?

There seems to be a lot of confusion surrounding when the hell is IPA Day. Is it Thursday or Sunday or both? I am not going to lie I still remain half confused but hope by the end of this blog you and I have some clarity. Lets protein rest, Irish moss and isinglass this…

The Oyster Catcher

So after writing a previous blog, “What’s Wrong with SA craft beer?” where I highlighted a lack of experimentation, innovation and creativity, I decided that instead of just having an opinion I should actually contribute. No-one likes a finger-pointer.  So I went and brewed a beer with seafood.  I threw oysters into a sweet stout…

The Battle of Long Claw

The Battle of Long Claw The only form of extreme sports I’ve ever done was more about speed than endurance. If downing a pint of beer in 3 seconds by basically drowning yourself count as extreme sports, then yes I was pretty on top my game about 10 years ago. My finest moment was being…

What’s wrong with South African craft beer?

Last week concluded the 2016 edition of the World Beer Cup hosted by the Brewers’ Association. The awards were presented at the conclusion of the Craft Brewers’ Conference & BrewExpo America in Philadelphia , Pennsylvania.  Nearly 6600 breweries from 55 different countries competed in the world’s most prestigious beer competition with 287 awards being won…