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Blue Rock Oktoberfest 2013

September 19, 2013 By:

When: Saturday 5th October 2013
Where: Blue Rock, Sir Lowry's Pass

The Blue Rock Oktober Fest is a spring celebration featuring 24 craft beers, various markets & a wakeboard competition.

In conjunction with Deep Blue Events and Marketing & Monster Energy, there will be 60 different craft markets as well as skateboard ramps where Monster Professionals will be displaying some awesome tricks and stunts.Highlights being a “Game of Thrones” wake boarding competition where only 3 winners will be crowned.

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 a big, bold barley wine at 10% ABV."

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 brown goodie bag and vouchers. I see the brown paper bags, crowding each other under a counter. Beer vouchers! These guys mean business.

Red Sky Brew, Bru

September 9, 2013 By:

“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, he'll do himself. Kelly, his wife, helps out with the official side of things, but, essentially, it's a one man operation.

Kelly, who is brewer Mark Goldsworthy's wife, tells us about the exciting new craft beer kid on the block.

At this stage we're based in Gordon’s Bay. We have signed a lease in a little industrial park just outside Gordon’s Bay, where our neighbours are a combination of garagiste wine maker, artist and gourmet food importer! 

The “brewmaster” is my husband Mark Goldsworthy who has a background in winemaking and viticulture, and the appropriate qualification from Elsenburg College. He has worked for some of the leading wine farms in the region – Kanonkop, Backsberg (both as more of a trainee/assistant role) and or the past five years at Edgebaston, for David Finlayson, as farm manager, viticulturist and assistant wine maker. He has been an avid home brewer for a while now and is looking forward to putting his knowledge of large scale “fermenting” into action in the beer game.

Friday 2nd August 2013 (and every other year) is International Beer Day.

And here are some quick stats:

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