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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…
Games were always a treasure trove of knowledge for me. Like good books, they made me think and exposed me to new experiences. So imagine my surprise when I went looking for a casual management game to play on a mobile phone and found Fiz, the brewery management game. Management games is a genre I always liked, and a brewery... Well, as you can imagine, the combination of these two words piqued my curiosity. I purchased it immediately. And what I found inside was a fun and educational game which can turn any Bud Light drinker into a competent craft…
Apologies, I went a little AWOL there. Happy new year and all that. It’s not that I wasn’t drinking beer – that’d just be ridiculous – it’s just that I was busy talking about treasure, dinosaurs, the pros and cons of eye patches (pirate-style) and the origin of man. As one does. You see, I have been entertaining small boys and beer is not (yet) at the top of their to-do list. It did, however, get me thinking about the hipsters I’m forever referring to (but have yet to encounter in as large numbers as I expected, when I agreed…
After tasting the macros my appetite was ready to taste the more sophisticated stuff. My friend arranged a meeting at The Little Brewery On The River in Port Alfred. The owner, Ian “Squire” Cook, agreed to show us around and give as a sample of his brews. Needless to say, I was overjoyed. The Little Brewery stands on the bank of the Kowie river in the Eastern Cape. It occupies the only stone building in town which also happens to be something of a historical landmark. Since its construction in mid-19th century it has been a Harbourmaster’s office, a city…
"An ideal, safe and scenic environment for all cultures to celebrate the art of making and drinking beer and wine all paired with food at a festival where the general public can freely interact and share traditional brewing methods, complimenting food, products and entertainment." A wide range of local, national and international craft beers; a smorgasbord of foodie trucks to keep the tummy happy; a couple of bands to keep your bootie wiggling and even some eye candy in the form of roaring bikes and cars with the SA Hot-Rods … Who could ask for more? Win a pair of…
In the middle of the beautiful, arid, plains of the Great Karoo lies a fertile valley in which a tiny population live, a population of people I have come to love. It’s the place that makes my heart swell, where I can breathe. The first time I drove into this tiny, magical, place – years ago now – my entire being wriggled with joy. It felt like home. It still does, each time I go back. My going back becomes more and more regular. Nieu Bethesda. I had to put that paragraph first. Like my Castle Lite drinking, I must…
There was only one Movember Mo. One. I’d fully expected the place to be overrun by hipsters sporting their mos. This craft beer writing gig keeps proving me wrong. Now that Movember is over, I’m going to have to revert back to counting skinny pants and ironic glasses at the craft beer hangouts. Devil’s Peak Brewing Company has moved from their original Somerset West premises to a far-more-suitable spot in Salt River. It’s an old textile factory with huge industrial windows which look toward – you guessed it – Devil’s Peak! The brewery has spawned a fabulous tasting room and…

Hello Sailor

May 24, 2019
Sitting in ‘Hello Sailor’ on Lower Main Road in Obz, waiting for my friend to meet me for a drink, I wondered how I could extend this oh-so-terribly-hard job of writing about craft beer. You see, there are only so many breweries to write about. While thinking, I caught a yawn from an Italian man sitting two tables away from me with his wife and little boy. They were drinking cappuccinos, the sprog had a coke. He looked up at me momentarily as I caught his yawn and smiled as we silently acknowledged the catchiness of yawns across the busy…
Cape Town Festival of Beer, the largest festival of beer in the Southern Hemisphere, is around the corner again! The Festival is set for the 22rd, 23th and 24th of November at Hamilton’s Rugby Club in Green Point, Cape Town (next to the V & A Waterfront). This year’s event is bringing even more beer to the table than ever before. Cape Town Festival of Beer is a celebration of brewing heritage and craft both locally and from around the world.

Craft Beer 101

May 24, 2019
When I was asked to do some blogs on craft beer, I thought very carefully. First, I contemplated the fact that I’m a woman, and in South Africa, that makes me a beer-drinking minority. Then my (ever-so-serious) thoughts turned to the fact that, while I’m a long-time fan of beer – or as long as my youthful age allows me, ahem – I’m not all that au fait with the ins-and-outs of the actual craft beer process. I am most definitely not a beer connoisseur. From there they flew to the fact that I’m not a hipster, and craft beer…
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