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Briony Chisholm

Briony Chisholm

Thursday, 03 April 2014 10:17

Of Brothels

I like a place with a story. Add to that great craft beer, a fabulous, knowledgeable and friendly guy showing us around and sausages (I love sausages, especially proper German ones, with mustard), and you’ve got me. The Weinhaus & Biergarten (formerly &Union, on Bree Street), therefore, had me, when I went to visit. They have ‘Sausage Fest’ on the menu! Sausage fest!

This beer writing gig has opened up a whole new world to me, and taught me much, not least of all, the value of a good proprietor or – can I bear to say it? – face of a brand. Simon Wibberley, operational partner, is just that. We had only just walked through the door when he came over, introduced himself, and then sat with us, telling us their story, talking us through a tasting and explaining all the intricacies of craft beer.

Braving a Beer Festival

I will not lie, I was a little daunted by the thought of a craft beer festival when I was offered tickets to the Constantia Craft Beer Project Festival. Scenes of herds of skinny-jeaned hipsters milling about en masse whilst balancing glasses of beer ran through my head. The soundtrack (in my head, too), funnily enough, was that of an Oompah band, Oktoberfest-style.  It being 2014, though, and my year of ‘getting out there and doing new, exciting, things’, I said yes. Okay, again, in the interest of honesty, every year is my year of ‘getting out there and doing new, exciting, things’, but that’s beside the point.

Tuesday, 04 March 2014 10:29

10 of the best - Western Cape Style

 African Image

Harry Sitole has great taste. He also has a smile that makes it hard not to grin back. As the owner of African Image (just around the corner from Greenmarket Square on the corner of Church and Burg Streets in central Cape Town), he chooses every delightful piece in the shop himself.

African Image is no run-of-the-mill curio shop aiming at sunburnt tourists. It’s a treasure trove of funky new stuff, bright cloths, beautiful old artefacts, and more. From quirky to whimsical to plain-old beautiful, the place is heavenly. If I have to buy a present, be it birthday, wedding, new house or new baby, this is where I go.

And I have to admit to never leaving without a little something for me too.