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Rocking the Keg

June 17, 2019
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…
You'd think by now we would be watching the mountains turn greener and grassier and flowers appearing - and there is some of that around, but with severe weather warnings for the Western Cape yet again, who knows? Enjoy these lovely photos from our readers in the Helderberg and Overberg. Thank you Michelle Kovar, Loren Rutherford, Nikki Swanepoel and Herman van Bon!
According to Food 24's Lucy Corne, one of the quirkiest craft beer breweries in South Africa. is right here in the Helderberg - Somerset West to be exact: "Triggerfish Brewing (Somerset West, Western Cape)Two things instantly set Triggerfish apart – its funky location in a former dynamite plant and the vast array of unusual beers on offer. Beers are brewed in a one-time anthracite store and served in the brick-walled taproom. Here you can sample around 15 of Triggerfish’s impressive 24-strong range of brews. Alongside familiar pale ales and stouts, you’ll find a pink-hued beer-wine hybrid, a blonde ale infused with buchu and…
I'm limping along the N2 after a pothole and a quick tyre change on Polkadraai Road. I’m going to a media launch – Beerhouse on Long is opening and they're not pulling any punches. I'm late. By the time traffic begins to thin, I'm in the city. The angels smile on me; an actual parking spot on Long Street! Bit of a squeeze, but there it is – right across the road from the right place, no. 223. At the door, I get a little black stamp on my wrist, an unused beer bottle cap and a promise of a…
This is my Dad. John David Boucher-Myers, probibly the last authentic English gentlemen alive, 91 years old, war vetran, speed freak, funny guy and builder of the Protea sports car. The first locally manufactures sports car. It can be seen at the Franschoek Motor Museum. 
“I'm not scared of work,” says Mark Goldsworthy. We're in an almost empty warehouse, just around the corner from where I live, in a small industrial area called Mansfield Industrial Park on the Western side of Gordon's Bay. Up against the one wall, two shiny new tanks and a modified wine barrel. Mark wants to try mashing in an actual barrel – far more interesting than a steel or plastic tank, and also a fair bit less expensive. It's called a mash tun, after all ... My question: does he intend having any employees on site? What work there is,…
Our very own South African sheepdog handler, Swellendammer Faansie Basson and his dogs, including Don, won a silver medal at the Soldier Hollow Sheepdog Champs in the USA, and was only beaten by one point! Faansie and Don wil also be in action in the upcoming sheepdog trails at Caledon on 27, 28 and 29 October.  
Karen Jeynes is a writer of things: plays, films, TV shows, novels, radio dramas, articles and book reviews. Her plays include the multi award-winning “Everybody Else (is Fucking Perfect)”, “Wake up and smell the coffee”, “Kiss Kiss”, “I’ll Have What She’s Having”, and “Laying Blame”, as well as “Vaslav”, “Ellipses” and “Whyte” all premiering in 2014. She serves on the boards of Women Playwrights International and the International Centre for Women Playwrights, for whom she edits the “Seasons” anthology. She is passionate about nurturing new writers, and runs courses and workshops around the world, lectures, and teaches scriptwriting through the…
Situated just off the N2 on the Baden Powell Road, is the Vergenoegd Wine Estate, which we discovered when looking for Indian Runner Ducks for our garden. There are about 650-800 of these Runner Ducks on the farm that play an important role, patrolling the vineyards daily, assisting in snail and pest control.  Vergenoegd has been in the Faure family for six generations and when you step inside the Cape Dutch manor house, it is as though you have been taken back in time to the 1800's. The rooms are filled with beautiful antique furniture and fittings. They also produce many award winning…
2013 marks the eighth year that the Mail & Guardian has published its Young South Africans edition, which highlights 200 young people who are doing amazing work to make an impact in their communities. "Each year we find 200 young people, aged 35 and under, who were born here or have made South Africa their home, and who are full of talent, dreams and drive. What we know without a doubt is that next year we will find 200 more that are doing even more spectacular things. Turns out South Africa is full of overachievers. This is one of the…
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