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 …

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 & …

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 …

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 …