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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…
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…
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…

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…
The Brewery is situated in the bustling business district of Paarden Eiland, Cape Town. It recently underwent a massive upgrade with its capacity doubled. This means more of the golden nectar flows from its tanks on a daily basis.We no longer do brewery tours and have replaced it with a purpose built Tasting Room situated in the Cape Quarter. Plenty of good beer available, expertly served from 10 taps. We recently commissioned a 7.2KW solar pilot project. The system consists of 24 locally manufactured 300W Solair solar panels and produces 14500 KW/Hours of electricity per year, roughly 10% of our energy…
A cable water ski resort turned craft beer host. Somewhat incongruous, is it not? My first thoughts as I entered the strangely hidden grounds of Blue Rock, on the corner of the N2 and Sir Lowry's Pass Road. On the dam, obstacles and ramps, and a confusing array of pylons and cables. On the right, a paintball course. Paintball and beer? Now that could be something interesting ... The occasion is a media launch for a new Oktoberfest, celebrating another launch, that of Red Sky Brew, Gordon's Bay's very own craft brewery. Somerset West, as are the many farms and…