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…

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…

Pint for clear vision

So the Pint For a Purpose initiative, that you beer lovers have been contributing too,  was active again last week when the funds were used to screen children’s eyesight at Marconi Beam Primary school in Joe Slovo. The funds generated by our ‘Pint for a Purpose’ tap were used by the Jonga Trust (Non-Profit, NGO) to eye screen 398 pupils in Grades 3 &…

The Guardian of Purity

The old guardian takes a long deep breath and steadies his once strong and now-weakened frame. The bright flickering of dancing candles lights up his old battle-worn face with eyes that have seen   all five hundred of his candles.  He is exhausted but seems content, a content that comes from a life of purpose and…

If you go down to the woods today…

If you go down to the Woodstock today,You’re sure of a big surprise. If you go down to the Woodstock today, You’d better go to the Brewers Co-op. Why? Great beer that’s why. The Brewers Co-Op open this year in Albert Road Woodstock. So what is a Co-Op? It is ‘An association of persons who voluntarily cooperate for their…

Nurturing the Beer Revolution

So Rhodes and the fees haven fallen so what about the latest campaign#CraftBeerPriceMustFall?   Fellow revolutionary Apiwe Nxusani-Mawela, Brewster and beer lover has responded from a brewing point of view. Her blog was driven by observations of ‘crazy’ prices charged for craft* beer. I too have witnessed some ludicrous prices charged for beer at certain establishments and I too…

Raise a Glass to Lisa, and celebrate Women and Beer

You don’t think women love beer? Of course they do! Why wouldn’t they? What’s stopping them from loving beer? Oh, wait…. The fact that hundreds of years of masculine imbeerialism by the likes of Charles Glass and his macho-icon cronies has claimed beer as the birth right of the male species, that’s what. It’s a…

South Yeasters Summerfest

Why is it that the Western Cape is such a hotbed of beer variety? The answer is largely down to a entrenched and extremely strong home brewing culture, nurtured primarily by the South Yeasters home brewing club. Without any doubt, the true strength of the Beer Revolution is the commitment of these foot soldiers. Without any doubt, the true…

Beer Faults: Why we need to be honest

Recently,  bearded Texan and naturalised Cape Townian Mitch Lockhart of the Craft Beer Project unveiled the elephant in the brewery. His #beerhonest article highlighted how ‘bad’ craft beer does immeasurable damage to the industry. In it, he lays out some preventative measures against this dark force, which is an issue that potentially holds us back from being…

No 3 Fransen Street: SAB entering the craft beer market

It was bound to happen. The mighty SAB is wading into the broad category of “craft beer” and going to be making ales at their No3 Fransen Street Brewery (which was previously used as a test brewery for their very talented brewers to experiment with other styles), and embracing the opportunity to make a variety of…