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Title: SA Craft beers and where to get them
Post by: Katji on November 27, 2015, 05:02:20 AM
Interesting...i'm sure they did the marketing research. Sure took them a long time to figure it out. Or did they get a new CEO or something.

But - for me - there is only one - CBC Pilsner.  i didn't even like beer, all my life, then i discovered that i liked pilsner. Only then did i try Hansa when the shop didn't have the CBC.  Few bucks more is worth it, and it benefits a nice genuine brewery company instead of a big corporate.
Title: Re: SA Craft beers and where to get them
Post by: Trompie67 on November 27, 2015, 07:25:50 AM
Interesting...i'm sure they did the marketing research. Sure took them a long time to figure it out. Or did they get a new CEO or something.

But - for me - there is only one - CBC Pilsner.  i didn't even like beer, all my life, then i discovered that i liked pilsner. Only then did i try Hansa when the shop didn't have the CBC.  Few bucks more is worth it, and it benefits a nice genuine brewery company instead of a big corporate.

Agree that the Pilsener is great. CBC make a very nice Weiss as well.
Title: Re: SA Craft beers and where to get them
Post by: Rotten Johnny on November 27, 2015, 09:29:03 AM
Agree that the Pilsener is great. CBC make a very nice Weiss as well.
where does one buy their stuff?
Title: Re: SA Craft beers and where to get them
Post by: BWS on November 27, 2015, 09:33:23 AM
where does one buy their stuff?

It's all over Cape Town, seeing as its brewed in Paarl. Makro, Tops, Pick n Pay liquors all stock it here, not sure about over the boarder where you are
Title: Re: SA Craft beers and where to get them
Post by: chrisc on November 27, 2015, 09:35:11 AM
In Cape Town Ultra (in Wynberg) sell CBC Pilsener and other variants.  I saw it on the shelf yesterday.  Its a bit expensive.  They knew about Carling Blue Label but were awaiting delivery of the shipment
Title: Re: SA Craft beers and where to get them
Post by: vleisman on November 27, 2015, 10:42:43 AM
CBC Amber Weiss - better than mother's milk  :dop:
Title: Re: SA Craft beers and where to get them
Post by: vleisman on November 27, 2015, 10:44:15 AM
where does one buy their stuff?

Makro or else lots of places in Greenside, some even have it on tap
Title: Re: SA Craft beers and where to get them
Post by: BWS on November 27, 2015, 10:45:43 AM
CBC Amber Weiss - better than mother's milk  :dop:

I dare you to taste mother's milk today  :point:
Title: Re: SA Craft beers and where to get them
Post by: Timber_MG on November 27, 2015, 10:59:22 AM
The best Weissbier I've tasted in SA sofar by far has been "Brauhau am Damm" by Imke Pape. She (you read right a lady) also brews a great Dunkel Lager. Pity they're so far out but when they're at a Craft Beer event near me I usually make a point of going.

I'll look for the Blue label when going out shopping a bit later. I'll also pick up a Drayman's Weiss, they're just round the corner from me.
Title: Re: SA Craft beers and where to get them
Post by: gavinbirss on November 27, 2015, 11:01:26 AM
The best Weissbier I've tasted in SA sofar by far has been "Brauhau am Damm" by Imke Pape. She (you read right a lady) also brews a great Dunkel Lager. Pity they're so far out but when they're at a Craft Beer event near me I usually make a point of going.

I'll look for the Blue label when going out shopping a bit later. I'll also pick up a Drayman's Weiss, they're just round the corner from me.

Try the "Naked Mexican" you may like it...

 :dop:
Title: Re: SA Craft beers and where to get them
Post by: Trompie67 on November 27, 2015, 11:01:54 AM
where does one buy their stuff?

Our Loco Liq in Crowthorne stocks it. As well as a huge number of local & imported craft beers & smaller breweries stuff.

They (CBC) have a distribution map on their "Contact Us" page - just scroll down to the bottom of the page.

http://capebrewing.co.za/contact-us/

Why not go to your local bottle store & ask them to stock it? I did that with Maisels & the local Loco Liq now makes sure I get a case every week! :)
Title: Re: SA Craft beers and where to get them
Post by: Trompie67 on November 27, 2015, 11:02:36 AM
CBC Amber Weiss - better than mother's milk  :dop:

Indeed!  :2thumbs:
Title: Re: SA Craft beers and where to get them
Post by: dkronie on November 27, 2015, 11:07:55 AM
where does one buy their stuff?
Order online at League of Beers they part of Yuppie Chef with quick delivery , very good service , not the cheapest but they work well
http://www.leagueofbeers.com/cape-brewing-company.htm?id=9672&name=Cape-Brewing-Company-Amber-Weiss
Title: Re: SA Craft beers and where to get them
Post by: Trompie67 on November 27, 2015, 11:10:06 AM
The best Weissbier I've tasted in SA sofar by far has been "Brauhau am Damm" by Imke Pape. She (you read right a lady) also brews a great Dunkel Lager. Pity they're so far out but when they're at a Craft Beer event near me I usually make a point of going.

I'll look for the Blue label when going out shopping a bit later. I'll also pick up a Drayman's Weiss, they're just round the corner from me.

The one at Brauhaus am Damm is not bad at all - the only problem (for me anyway, not them) is that the service there is so shocking you have to order them 2 at a time & when the first one is finished you order the next two!

For those in the south of Jhb - have a look at swagga brewery. It's 3 buddies who started brewing from a home kit & now have a brewery with 6+ stills when I was there in January. Their Weiss & Country Ale are simply outstanding. They're based in Barium Street in Alrode, so it's a weekday only visit to purchase from them. Really nice chaps who are only too happy to share their time & experiences.

I can list numerous other places we've been if the OP doesn't mind the hijack?
Title: Re: SA Craft beers and where to get them
Post by: dkronie on November 27, 2015, 11:14:46 AM
It's Cape Town Festival of Beer this weekend , the biggest commercial craft beer festival in the world

http://capetownfestivalofbeer.co.za/

https://www.facebook.com/CTFOB/
Title: Re: SA Craft beers and where to get them
Post by: Trompie67 on November 27, 2015, 11:25:04 AM
Brilliant - thanks to the mods/admins for splitting this off from the other thread.

Here's the contents an email I sent to another enthusiast earlier this year - lots of details & places to visit!

Enjoy!

To start – the one’s I have been to:

1.   Brauhaus Am Damm – http://new.brauhaus.co.za – about 20km’s outside of Rustenburg on the Magaliesburg to Rustenburg road. They make a fine Weiss & Pilsner & the food is good too, their Eisbein is highly recommended! However, if you are eating be prepared to wait as the service is not that great. Order 2 beers at a time & call for the next round when you start the second!

2.   Copperlake – www.copperlake.co.za – in the Broadacres Shopping Centre on Cedar Rd. in Fourways. They have a lovely testing/tasting tray & their placemats have details of all the beers on tap & corresponds with the tasting tray. Great food & atmosphere & the Weiss is great. They also do a really nice Citrus Cooler for the ladies. Plus they do a “brew your own” where you make 100 litres of beer, 50 litres gets sold by them & 50 litres gets bottled for you to take home. This takes 3 odd weeks before it is ready though, so a return trip is a must to collect your brew! I can’t comment on the food as we were there at 09h00 on their opening day!

3.   Brewhogs – www.brewhogs.co.za – In Midrand close to Kyalami Race Track. I only enjoyed the “No. 1” – a Pilsner, as I’m not that fond of IPL’s which are their other brews. Very interesting history behind this brewery – the brewery was originally at Barneys Tavern in Gold Reef City & then mothballed - the current owners purchased it out of storage from SAB & had it recommissioned. No option to eat though.

4.   Swagga Breweries – www.swaggabrewery.co.za – they are in Barium Street in Alrode. Their Weiss is absolutely outstanding, as is their Country Ale. Rudimentary food served (Bockwurst Rolls) if you arrange in advance. Fantastic people, I found them to be really friendly & easy to engage with, very eager to share their story and their beer.

5.   Chameleon Brewhouse – www.chameleonbrewpub.co.za – Located in the Chameleon Village at Hartebeespoort. I tried their Weiss which was awful – very pale & tasted insipid. No sign of the typical Weiss cloves and banana aromas. I tried another thinking I perhaps got a dud, but it was the same. I then tried their Blonde Ale which was passable. We didn’t eat there as time did not permit, but after trying the beers I won’t be back!

6.   Ubuntu Kraal www.sowetogold.co.za – Located in Orlando West. The venue is huge & was completely deserted when we went. It is not only the brewery, but also a tavern, & a large open air market, so looked decidedly ramshackle & run down with nothing there. There was supposed to be food being served, however none was on offer. The Soweto Gold Lager was excellent, albeit pricey – R50-00 for 500ml is a bit over the top for a local brew. No other options except the Lager & a Ginger Beer for the ladies which I didn’t try. We could tour the brewery – however the cost was R100-00 each which was out of kilter considering we’d been given free tours of two other breweries on the same day we went to Ubuntu Kraal! Overall I got the impression it was a tourist trap money making racket.

7.   Gilroys – www.gilroybeers.co.za – probably one of the best known craft brewers, we’ve been there often. Located in Muldersdrift just off the N14 it’s easy to find! Their “Favourite Pale Ale” is excellent as is their Lager. The food is good & there is often live music. Tours of the brewery happen every day. Be prepared to settle in for the afternoon! They also do a few tours of the brewery every afternoon.

8.   Sabie Brewing Company – www.sabiebrewery.com – Located on the main road as you come in from Lydenburg over Long Tom Pass. Their “Wheelbarrow Weiss” & “Long Tom Lager” are excellent. They also have an experimental brew called Cockney Liz – it differs with each brew & is worth trying a glass. Food is good & the folk are wonderful, albeit that the place is a bit touristy! I guess that’s because it is in a tourist town! It’s pretty new, but very enjoyable. Again, one can easily settle in for the afternoon, so beware!

9.   Hops Hollow  - http://www.hopshollow.com – Located on Long Tom Pass midway between Sabie & Lydenburg. Their “Tappers Brew” (Pilsner) and “Diggers Draught” (Kolschbier) are both very nice. They serve food, however we’ve never stayed long enough to eat – we generally pop in for a beer when riding in to Sabie from Jhb, so have a quick beer & then it’s back on the bikes to Sabie.

10.   The Cockpit Brewhouse - www.thecockpitbrewhouse.co.za – Based in Cullinan it's an easy morning ride from Jhb. Their “Fokker” Weiss is delicious. I also enjoyed their “Helles Belles” Blonde Ale! Food is simple but tasty. The Sausage Platter is my staple when we stop for brunch on the bikes!

11.   Two Okes Brewery - www.twookesbrewery.co.za – I have tried all their beers at an event, simply because they were the only craft brewery there! I stuck with the Pilsner, the Pale Ale was passable but their Weiss was very weak – reminded me of the Chameleon Weiss which was not a good experience!

12.    Oakes Brewhouse in Modderfontein - http://oakesbrewhouse.co.za – a bit unusual as it is owned, run & brewed by two ladies! The “Wise” (Weiss) was passable. The pricing was insanely expensive. R150-00 for a 400ml bottle is Lala Land. It’s located next to a restaurant & also includes a coffee roastery. Very “trendy” & “hip”.

13     Ale House in Broederstroom/Hartebeespoort - http://www.alehouse.co.za – Their Capsicum Ale & the Pizzas were outstanding! We’ve been back a few times as it’s an easy breakfast run on the bikes from Jhb on a Sunday morning.


Those are the only ones I’ve managed to get to thus far!


Still on the list:
1.     Black Horse Brewery just outside Magaliesburg - http://www.blackhorse.co.za

2.   De Garve in Vanderbijlpark - http://www.degarve.co.za

3.   Smack Republic in Jhb CBD at Arts on Main - http://www.smackrepublic.com – I’m interested to try their take on a Biere d’Saison with added Naartjie! Just a bit sceptical about Arts on Main, we’ve been there before and it was a bit to “trendy” for my liking!

4.   Anvil Ale Brewery in Dullstroom – http://www.anvilbrewery.com – The ride from Dullstroom to Lydenburg & over Long Tom to Sabie is always good & will serve as an excellent reason for a weekend away & to sample the beers! I’d be keen to try their Biere d’Saison & White Anvil. !

5.   Cape Brewing Company - http://capebrewing.co.za – I enjoy their Krystal Weiss & their Amber Weiss, so a visit to the brewery & a tasting would not be amiss!


Another fantastic day out option is the Jozi Beer Tour. http://www.craftbeertours.co.za/jozibeertour - I did one in January where we started at Copperlake, went on to Brewhogs, then Swagga & finally Ubuntu Kraal before heading back to Copperlake. It was on an open top double decker bus & was fantastic fun. Copperlake beers on tap on the bus.

Their website (take you there) is a bit of a shambles, but a bunch of nice blokes & we had a ball. I got a bit stressed as their communication with regards to booking, payment etc. etc. was appalling, but that may just be because I like to have all the T’s crossed & the i’s dotted! The youngsters these days seem a lot more easygoing!

They also do a Mega Beer Tour – I’m keen to try that too!

We used Uber to take us to Copperlake in the morning & our wives collected us in the afternoon – I can highly recommend Uber if you haven’t used it before. We use it extensively now as it just makes more sense than trying to sort out designated drivers etc. etc.
Title: Re: SA Craft beers and where to get them
Post by: fuz940510 on November 27, 2015, 11:29:08 AM
Surprisingly, the Blue Bottle Liquor store in Kyalami stocks a pretty healthy selection of craft beers. Most of them are imported however.

There's the Irish Club in Linden, they have some craft drafts. I've also heard good things about the 44 Stanley Beer Hall

The one at Brauhaus am Damm is not bad at all - the only problem (for me anyway, not them) is that the service there is so shocking you have to order them 2 at a time & when the first one is finished you order the next two!
Brauhaus service and some of their clientele  :puke: Went there along with an interracial couple, the number of foul looks the poor girl got was quite something

+1 to Black Horse Brewery and Gilroys, -10 for Brauhaus
Title: Re: SA Craft beers and where to get them
Post by: BWS on November 27, 2015, 11:29:50 AM
Darling Bonecrusher is a favourite of mine as well
Title: Re: SA Craft beers and where to get them
Post by: BWS on November 27, 2015, 11:32:09 AM
Devil's Peak B.C. make some delicious lager as well  :dop:
Title: Re: SA Craft beers and where to get them
Post by: Juggy on November 27, 2015, 11:35:13 AM
I like the Stellenbrau Jonkers Weiss, in fact I love all Weiss beer specifically this and Paulaner

http://stellenbrau.co.za/pages/our-beers.php
Title: Re: SA Craft beers and where to get them
Post by: vleisman on November 27, 2015, 11:50:22 AM
I'll also pick up a Drayman's Weiss, they're just round the corner from me.

Drayman beers are also sold by makro, in 1 litre plastic bottles. The beer is so good I grudgingly overlook the plastic bottles.
Title: Re: SA Craft beers and where to get them
Post by: Timber_MG on November 27, 2015, 12:34:01 PM
I cannot comment on the service at Brauhaus am Damm nor their patronage, I've only had their beer at Beer Festivals. Imke and the crew were a right jol and some friends of mine have actually arranged to brew a lager batch with her for a church bazaar. The Dunkel is really good. I believe she gets almost everything except for her water from Germany where she learned her trade. If you expect Castle lager you'll be bitterly disappointed.

For those wanting Eisbein and Draymann's Weiss on Tap and not their plastic bottles I can heartily recommend Eisbein & co in the Willows, Pretoria. They serve Aldtstadt on tap (I believe that to be Daymann's Weiss's brand). The service is real German, don't expect many frills or smiles, but expect efficiency and the the best Eisbein with traditional Sauerkraut (not the junk from a can).

Nothing wrong with bottle brewed Erdinger/Paulaner, but to get a good freshly brewed Weiss from the vat is a treat. Weissbier is still a new-comer to the scene here and many brew up a very bland brew. I'll try the CBC Weiss if I can find it.
Title: Re: SA Craft beers and where to get them
Post by: Ian on November 27, 2015, 01:14:36 PM

For those in the south of Jhb - have a look at swagga brewery. It's 3 buddies who started brewing from a home kit & now have a brewery with 6+ stills when I was there in January. Their Weiss & Country Ale are simply outstanding. They're based in Barium Street in Alrode, so it's a weekday only visit to purchase from them. Really nice chaps who are only too happy to share their time & experiences.

I can list numerous other places we've been if the OP doesn't mind the hijack?

seconded The Swagga beer is great There is nothing like an ice cold Blonde served by a hot chick :-) And yes great guys :-)
Title: Re: SA Craft beers and where to get them
Post by: Atjan on December 06, 2015, 09:40:02 PM
Thanks for the list Trompie. Sounds like I need to make a plan to get the beer tour done.

We went to the Black Horse about 3 months ago. Very nice place to visit - just outside Magaliesburg. Bookings it seems are essential and for good reason.

One you can add is the Nottingham Road Brewing Company at the Rawdons Hotel just outside Nottingham Road in the Natal Midlands. http://www.rawdons.co.za/midlands-brewery-at-rawdons/ (http://www.rawdons.co.za/midlands-brewery-at-rawdons/) I always order the plank of tasters. I enjoy most of their beers, the Whistling Weasel Pale Ale and the Pickled Pig Porter are favourites. I always try and convince my wife to have a sip of the porter - very fruity flavours. The pub there is a typical old British style and in winter I can see myself spending a day with all the fireplaces in there.

I bought a 4-pack of CBC weiss the other day - very nice beer but have not quite knocked Steph Weiss off the pedestal for me as yet.
Title: Re: SA Craft beers and where to get them
Post by: dieOrg on December 06, 2015, 09:55:12 PM
www.draymans.com
www.shongwenibrewery.co.za

If you like CBC Pilsener, try Drymans Berghof
Title: Re: SA Craft beers and where to get them
Post by: chrisc on December 21, 2015, 05:15:58 PM
German Grocer - Sanlam Business Park, Racecourse Road, Montague Gardens.  About 20 varieties of German and South African Craft beer
Title: Re: SA Craft beers and where to get them
Post by: AntS on December 30, 2015, 11:16:36 PM
Another great spot to buy local craft beer (and other alcohol) is www.bottleshop.co.za (they even have an iOS app for your phone) . They deliver exceptionally quickly if you live in Cape Town (within a few hours) and have very competitive pricing.

I have no affiliation to Bottleshop, but have had consistently good service from them.
Title: Re: SA Craft beers and where to get them
Post by: Trompie67 on December 31, 2015, 06:52:01 AM
Another great spot to buy local craft beer (and other alcohol) is www.bottleshop.co.za (they even have an iOS app for your phone) . They deliver exceptionally quickly if you live in Cape Town (within a few hours) and have very competitive pricing.

I have no affiliation to Bottleshop, but have had consistently good service from them.

They are also insanely expensive! R50 to R70 a case more expensive than Makro for local beers? Rather buy 2 cases at Makro & essentially get a third one free for the same price!
Title: Re: SA Craft beers and where to get them
Post by: AntS on December 31, 2015, 09:20:23 AM
Whoops! I do see that that their normal beer prices are high.

My judgement was clouded by buying the wife's favorite gin from them for a good price.

I assume the cost of delivery is factored in for beer as its heavy and you pay for the convenience of delivery to your door.
Title: Re: SA Craft beers and where to get them
Post by: Mythor on April 28, 2016, 04:22:16 PM
For those that want to try their own hand at this satisfying hobby, have a look at http://blackkiltbrewery.co.za

Its a hobby business run by a friend of mine, Ross McHugh. He sell the kits required to brew your own, and has a wide range of beer types available. I have sampled a fair number of his brews and they are damn fine. 

 :thumbs::dop: :thumbs:
Title: Re: SA Craft beers and where to get them
Post by: chrisc on April 28, 2016, 04:41:51 PM
Ultra in Wynberg no longer stock craft beers.  The reason is that there was insufficient turnover.  However, those shelves are still empty

Have tried the homebrew story.  Two essentials are scrupulously clean bottles and get the water from the spring in Springs Road (what else) in Newlands.  Its free

Not beer, but interesting:

Much easier and quicker is distilling liquor from apricots.  Seeing they are free for the taking in Montagu in summer, I thought I'd give it a go.  Got a still from a local farmer and soldered up some holes.  I notice the still has a S A Revenue Services sticker on it

Take 20kg (or so) apricots
Pour in a 100 litre plastic container
Add 10 litres water and crush the apricots so there is masses of pulp and nothing larger than the pips
Leave it to stand overnight in a cool place  (starts to smell interesting already)
Scoop out the liquid and sieve it through some muslin (I used 2 layers of orange bags)
Pour about 30 litres of the liquid into the still
Light the gas cooker and turn the flame to medium
After not more than 10 mins, a clear liquid starts coming out the pipe, into the funnel and clean 750ml bottles you have prepared
Allow it to cool before sampling
An alcohol meter showed between 13% (at first) rising to 40% (towards the end) alcohol
No driving a car or operating machinery after a glass or two of that

Oh yes, I cooled the condensor with a hose pipe attachment running slowly all the time
Title: Re: SA Craft beers and where to get them
Post by: colonel66 on April 28, 2016, 05:55:50 PM
Ultra in Wynberg no longer stock craft beers.  The reason is that there was insufficient turnover.  However, those shelves are still empty

Bullshit with a capital "B"

They stock a good selection of various Cape Town and surrounds craft brewers at good prices - especially compared to PnP liquor stores

They are located in a new aisle and not tucked in the corner anymore

Of course the alternative that my last purchase at Ultra is a fabrication of my imagination is a possibility.  :nutter:

Title: Re: SA Craft beers and where to get them
Post by: BWS on April 29, 2016, 07:10:23 AM
Bullshit with a capital "B"

They stock a good selection of various Cape Town and surrounds craft brewers at good prices - especially compared to PnP liquor stores

They are located in a new aisle and not tucked in the corner anymore

Of course the alternative that my last purchase at Ultra is a fabrication of my imagination is a possibility.  :nutter:

Sho! did you post this on the tail end of a dozen or so of those same craft beers?
Title: Re: SA Craft beers and where to get them
Post by: colonel66 on April 29, 2016, 08:06:28 AM
Sho! did you post this on the tail end of a dozen or so of those same craft beers?

No enjoyed the Jack Blacks with a mate after the phone post

Title: Re: SA Craft beers and where to get them
Post by: stanhic on May 02, 2016, 10:53:25 AM
There is a bottle store just across the road from Record Mad, they have a huge amount of craft bear. Even kegs.
Corner 4th and 8th street in Randburg

Title: Re: SA Craft beers and where to get them
Post by: Katji on June 26, 2016, 05:10:23 PM
Quote
Paarl – Leading South African craft beer producer Cape Brewing Company (CBC) recently walked away with four medals from the Meiningers International Craft Beer Awards. The awards were announced in Neustadt, Germany in April.

CBC was awarded top honors with a platinum medal for their Cape of Good Hope Imperial IPA, and a gold medal for their seasonal CBC Harvest Lager. The CBC Lager and CBC Krystal Weiss were both awarded silver medals.

Out of the more than 700 craft beers from 22 different nations tasted and judged for the competition, only the best 281 beers were presented with medals. The jury consisted of 76 international expert beer sommeliers, brewers, beer trade and research experts, and beer journalists.

.....CBC is the only South African brewery awarded with medals this year, placing the country within the top 10 of the medal log.


http://capebrewing.co.za/cbc-wins-platinum-gold-silver-meiningers-international-craft-beer-awards/
Title: Re: SA Craft beers and where to get them
Post by: chrisc on June 26, 2016, 05:16:17 PM
Was in Ultra Wynberg on Saturday.  There is a new manager and he has reserved two shelves to Craft Beers.  Prices range from R15 up to R55.  Next time I am there I will take some pictures.  There must have been at least 15 different labels
Title: Re: SA Craft beers and where to get them
Post by: colonel66 on June 26, 2016, 05:53:13 PM
Was in Ultra Wynberg on Saturday.  There is a new manager and he has reserved two shelves to Craft Beers.  Prices range from R15 up to R55.  Next time I am there I will take some pictures.  There must have been at least 15 different labels

Only because you posted it......now it must be true.......
Title: Re: SA Craft beers and where to get them
Post by: Katji on July 06, 2016, 03:49:56 PM
CBC (Cape Brewing Company), such good online marketing, good website and Fb presentation, but...to find out retail outlets, instead of a list by province, there is only a map - pick Durban, Musgrave, Essenwood, Greyville, one by one - see where this is going? ...and you get a pile of little map tag goodies and you can only click on the top one. Useless! I gave up.
(ja. i should copy-paste this to their fb page.)
Title: Re: SA Craft beers and where to get them
Post by: Eben on July 07, 2016, 03:29:09 PM
Natalie and Stephan Meyer, Clarens Brewery. Two of our oldest friends, both IT buffs, started this to get out of the rat-race (and they started a huge apple farm).

(https://s31.postimg.org/fkiq940l3/Stephan_and_Natalie_Meyer.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/fkiq940l3/)

(https://s31.postimg.org/hqhmhctfb/1fab0bec63c34a688d14d3cdc64ba62b.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/hqhmhctfb/)


Truly worth a visit. Also see:

http://thediariesofavillageidiot.blogspot.co.za/2009/04/clarens-brewery.html

One of the events that Natalie has organised.

http://www.leagueofbeers.com/blog/2014/03/the-2014-clarens-craft-beer-festival-lucy-corne/

So, if you are in the area, go visit.
Title: Re: SA Craft beers and where to get them
Post by: BWS on July 07, 2016, 03:37:38 PM
CBC (Cape Brewing Company), such good online marketing, good website and Fb presentation, but...to find out retail outlets, instead of a list by province, there is only a map - pick Durban, Musgrave, Essenwood, Greyville, one by one - see where this is going? ...and you get a pile of little map tag goodies and you can only click on the top one. Useless! I gave up.
(ja. i should copy-paste this to their fb page.)

Tops, Makro usually keep them in stock
Title: Re: SA Craft beers and where to get them
Post by: kamikazi on July 18, 2016, 07:18:44 PM
Our local brewery is Triggerfish. Well worth a visit if you are near Strand Paardevlei (as is Flagstone Wines). Favourites are the Sweetlips blonde and the Ocean Potion.
Title: Re: SA Craft beers and where to get them
Post by: Trompie67 on March 11, 2019, 01:06:10 PM
Attended a(nother) horse show yesterday as our daughter was competing.

The headline sponsor of the show was generously kind enough to sponsor beers, ciders, G&T's and wine by the glass from 14h00 until about 16h30.  :2thumbs: We need more sponsors like that!

Funny guy Dave Levinsohn was in attendance with his beer - Dave's Brew. He had an IPA & a Blonde on tap. I'm not fond of IPA's at all, but the Blonde was very very nice. It was still nice by the time I went home at 18h00 odd.........

It can be purchased here: http://www.davebrew.co.za/

He also has a VW Beetle that is fitted with a fridge & 2 kegs that he uses at functions/events. Add to it that he really is a funny ha-ha guy & it's a recipe for a great afternoon. Not that an afternoon of free beer would ever be a bad thing!  :faint:
Title: Re: SA Craft beers and where to get them
Post by: JonnyP on April 03, 2019, 02:08:37 PM
Tops on Florida Rd in Durban has local and imported craft beers, and currently sitting in my office (part of a gift from my colleagues*) are 6 craft beers from Marriott Liquors two are Poison City, the other four are from the Clockwork Brewhouse in PMB (and have apparently won awards).  That's a few on the balcony at the weekend sorted...

*The other part of the gift is a selection of coffee beans from Bean Green, so I have coffee to last me a few months at work and some samplers of craft beer for the weekend.
Title: Re: SA Craft beers and where to get them
Post by: JohnnyIC on April 04, 2019, 11:10:04 AM
I quite like the taste of this stuff:

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Title: Re: SA Craft beers and where to get them
Post by: Crankshaft on April 04, 2019, 12:25:09 PM
Have you tried Woodstock Breweries' Californicator?

American IPA.

I quite like the taste of this stuff:

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Title: Re: SA Craft beers and where to get them
Post by: JohnnyIC on April 04, 2019, 03:12:43 PM
Have you tried Woodstock Breweries' Californicator?

American IPA.

Not yet.. I don't think I've seen it here in Bloemfontein but I'll have a look when at the chemist again. Even the Devil's Peak IPA is hard to find around here.
Title: Re: SA Craft beers and where to get them
Post by: mahleu on April 16, 2019, 09:35:57 AM
I'm busy trying to put a craft brewery/tap room up the road from me. Will be the best deal ever.
Title: Re: SA Craft beers and where to get them
Post by: Larry on April 16, 2019, 10:26:19 AM
I quite like the taste of this stuff:
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This is excellent and now my day to day beer (granted I don't drink a huge amount of beer these days).  There was some drama when Devils Peak changed the hops, but I didn't have a problem with it, and of course there are those that despise Devils Peak due to how they operate in the industry.  I don't really care as long as the beer is good  :tongue:

Six or seven years ago, Jack Black was my daily, but when they moved to CBC in Paarl, I just couldn't  get used to the change.  Everyone declared up an down that the taste had not changed, but not to my palate.  That being said, I have no problem with the odd CBC Amber Weis.

I find myself more and more drawn to IPA, dark ales and the occasional Weis now.
Title: Re: SA Craft beers and where to get them
Post by: deonk2000 on April 16, 2019, 12:27:38 PM
Fortunately (or maybe unfortunately), the Jack Black Brewery is about 5 minutes away from my home. They open for drinks and food from Wednesday to Saturday.

Their Skeleton Coast IPA is one of my favorites at the moment. And the grub is seriously good. Well worth a visit..
Title: Re: SA Craft beers and where to get them
Post by: Trompie67 on April 22, 2019, 12:04:32 PM
Listening to singing & marching songs on the TT, so had to crack a beer.

Really enjoying this Camelthorn Weiss from Namibia:

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Title: Re: SA Craft beers and where to get them
Post by: chrisc on April 22, 2019, 01:26:24 PM
Got 12 Cape Brewing Co "Amber Weiss" last week from Tops, 450ml bottles.  Opened it yesterday as had family here.   The first bottle foamed so much that there was less than 1/4 of the beer left.  The other 4 bottles we opened were flat and tasteless, although the cap seemed tight

So had some Darling Brewery "Bone Crusher".  Really good stuff

Tops was open today, so returned the remaining 7 bottles.  Cashier refused to accept and said I should talk to CBC, so sent them an email.  See they are in Paarl
Title: Re: SA Craft beers and where to get them
Post by: Trompie67 on April 22, 2019, 01:37:17 PM
Expiry on the CBC Weiss?

I've had plenty from them with no problems. Perhaps you had a bad batch?
Title: Re: SA Craft beers and where to get them
Post by: mahleu on April 23, 2019, 07:41:39 PM
I just had a bad batch of 6 Can't Catch Me from the Feral Brew Co. Excessively carbonated, lots of bits floating, very very cloudy. To their credit they immediately apologised, gave me a lecture on why and what happened and are sending me some beer.