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Meet the Brewer - Apollo
23 Jun 2014
 
     

Meet the Brewer - Apollo

During last month’s Meet the Brewer event, I had the pleasure of exploring four classic brews from Chris Spurdens of the Apollo Brewing Company. Beerhouse, you sly dog you... How many more gems do you have hidden up your sleeve? Even though Chris has only been brewing commercially for a few months, this winemaker turned beermaker is turning heads with his quality craft. I rarely order a stout, but the intense coffee and cocoa aromas made my day. Accompanied by a creamy body, the full flavour left me longing at the bottom of the glass. It was paired perfectly with a dark chocolate & Apollo stout cake, Apollo stout sorbet and a Gruyère green fig preserve. I can’t wait to experience next month’s choice. Beerhouse, keep ‘em coming please!

- Half Pint

Banana Jam
2 Jun 2014
 
     

Banana Jam

Let us take a step back for a minute and remember the original craft beer hub of Cape Town, Banana Jam. Before the craft beer market boom and the appearance of Beerhouse, the Tap Room and the like, we visited that funky Caribbean restaurant for our fix. Over twelve years down the line and they still frequently muster the craft forces with events like this past American Craft Beer Week. This tropical gem based in Kenilworth has 16 taps putting some of South Africa’s best brews right on our doorstep, never mind the delicious range of food. Keep an eye on their website to stay updated on their specials and events www.bananajamcafe.co.za.

- Half Pint

La Chouffe
26 May 2014
 
     

La Chouffe

Nous avons tous vu un lutin sur quelques bières belges dans les bars locaux. Certains auraient reconnu cet emblème de la Brasserie D’Achouffe qui serve les aficionados de bière dans plus de 40 pays. Leur histoire a commencé en 1982 avec moins de cinq euros ; ils ont produit 49 litres de La Chouffe qui est toujours bu aujourd’hui. Cette bière blonde et non filtrée a un bouquet plaisamment fruité, en particulier on trouve des notes agrumes avec une touche de la coriandre et du malt caramel. Le goût relie l’arome avec un début subtilement amer et de citrus, suivi par une gentillesse de miel avant une fin sèche et fraîche. Si seulement c’était plus facile de trouver leur gamme de produits ici!

- Demi-pinte

Verses at Beerhouse on Long
25 May 2014
 
     

For all you intellectuals, local entertainment enthusiasts and beer fanatics, or even all three at once, I’d like to highlight this entry in our events calender. Verses Spoken Word and Live Music Sessions is back, and will take place at Beerhouse on Long Street, Cape Town, Thursday 5 June.

Confirmed artists include talented comedian Goldie Shevlane; spoken word gurus NaMa Xam and Melisizwe Moni; and new-comer to the Verses stage, Inga Steyn. On the music front, songstress Bianca Smith, along with the featured musician Maya Elizabeth Spector, will tickle your ears.

We asked Nicole Biondi, Verses founder and Cape Town-born spoken word artist, a few questions about this interesting event.

Spoken word is something I’ve only seen in the movies. How did you get into it?

Well, I'd been writing poetry since the age of 14 and eventually some 6 years later I started sharing my work with friends. One such sharing occasion happened at a get-together at a friend's place in Bo-Kaap and the members of the group Blk Sonshine happened to be there. They asked me to perform some of my poetry as the opening to a gig of theirs on the following day and so it all began :-) Unfortunately, there weren't many platforms for spoken word artists in Cape Town and that's why I started the Verses Spoken Word and Live Music Sessions in 2004.

Are there any rules to qualify as spoken word, or a general ‘spirit’ that performers adhere to?

Nope, no rules. Spoken Word is all about expressing yourself in whatever manner you choose - fast, slow, rhyming, non-rhyming, hand-movements, head-shaking, feet stomping, quietly sitting - anything goes!

What is your favourite memory from a Verses event thus far?

ooh, that's a hard one! One of the most memorable Verses Sessions thus far was one that happened during the 1st two years and it was when 3 open mic performers, after their individual performances, decided to get back up onto stage and jam together...beat-boxer; singer and spoken word artist...pure magic!!

DATE: Thursday 5 June
VENUE: Beerhouse, 223 Long Street, Cape Town
TIME: 20h00 to 23h00
No cover charge

For more local events, see http://nightjar.travel/WhatsOnCal

Devil’s Peak King’s Blockhouse IPA
17 May 2014
 
     

Devil’s Peak King’s Blockhouse IPA

You might think that the cappuccinos in the background have no relevance to beer, and you would be right. By now you might also have heard that if you have not experienced Truth Coffee then you have not been to Cape Town, and this is definitely true. But it was here that I was reintroduced to the King’s Blockhouse IPA. I was still in my early stages of beervelopment when I first tried the Blockhouse, and how I struggled! A strong hops aroma filters through citrus, pine and passion fruit notes, and the initial flavour is just as intensely fruity. However, a smooth malty backbone supports the bitterness of the hop character for a balanced and dry finish. I can finally appreciate the Blockhouse in all its glory; proud and impressive, it fits well with the steampunk ambience of Truth.

- Half Pint

Lakeside Beerworks American Pale Ale
4 May 2014
 
     

Lakeside Beerworks American Pale Ale

Beerhouse just blew our minds for Free Beer Friday. Honestly, they had me at free beer, but when they mentioned that it was the Lakeside Beerworks American Pale Ale, I knew I had no choice about going. While this ale has a sweet malty start, it is well balanced by a bitter finish with a strong hops presence. Mixed in with the subtle herb notes, I picked up faint traces of citrus and litchi in the aroma. Compared to an IPA, the Lakeside American Pale Ale has a smooth and light mouthfeel. The Nightjar family definitely gives this their stamp of approval, so keep ‘em coming Lakeside…

- Half Pint

Cape Brewing Company Pilsner
27 Apr 2014
 
     

Cape Brewing Company Pilsner

If someone asked me which beer I order most, the answer could only be the Cape Brewing Company Pilsner. The craft beer I order most anyway, I am a student after all. Over the last few months if there was ever doubt about my order this beer came up again and again. The Cape Brewing Company formed when a Swedish brewer, Henrik Dunge, joined teams with local enthusiasts, Charles Back and Andy Kung, with the hope of making beer as it should be made. Their pilsner has a strong hop aroma laced with caramel. The flavour starts moderately sweet and slightly malty, only to finish smoothly with a long-lasting bitterness. This pilsner is a refreshing accomplishment. Damn. Now I want one.

- Half Pint

Crazy Diamond
5 Apr 2014
 
     

It was my birthday last week, and what better gift is there than the chance to fall in love? A friend introduced me to this tall, dark beauty wrapped up in colourful designs. How could so much character be so soft on the lips? Crazy Diamond is a masterful collaboration by Eric van Heerden of Triggerfish Brewery and Andre de Beer from Cockpit Brewhouse. Quote of the night: this Belgian double IPA taste like “everything good about an identity crisis”. At first I was unsure if I was drinking a heavy sherry or a dubbel, but the richness was well balanced by a strong hops character. These brewers really did go crazy and what a delicious success! Besides, there is something epic about a beer that comes in a wooden box with its own newspaper. If only they had made more than 190 bottles…

- Half Pint

The Tap Room Brew Supplies
29 Mar 2014
 
     

The Tap Room Brew Supplies

How did you spend your day off this week? A cold pint called out to me, and so the hunt began. The Tap Room, where I finally settled down, is a relatively new addition to the Wembley Square complex in Cape Town central. This sleek bar offers more than just a vast range of craft beers on tap though, supplying brewing equipment and other accessories. If you’re a small-time brewer or just a passerby needing your thirst quenched, this little corner of Wembley Square will surprise you. I found what I needed admiring Devil’s Peak through the bottom of my glass, thorough relaxation. More information on their product range can be found at www.thetaproom.co.za.

- Half Pint

The Constantia Craft Beer Project
15 Mar 2014
 
     

The Constantia Craft Beer Project

Typical Cape Town weather; you dress for a sunny day and it rains. Everyone was at home curled up in bed but I was trudging through a wet field. On the other hand, there was also beer! 20 craft brewers, one tent, and some were names I knew and liked. I ran out of tickets before I reached the Jack Black stand, but the Rogue Dead Guy Ale and CBC Pilsner went down very well.  I did not miss my bed, bumping into unexpected friends and drinking one of my favourite IPA’s. You can keep your eyes peeled for future events from the Craft Beer Project on their site at www.thecraftbeerproject.co.za.

- Half Pint

BrewDog Zeitgeist
3 Mar 2014
 
     

BrewDog Zeitgeist

Whoever thought lagers were all supposed to be yellow in colour and sold in packs of six? Brewdog’s Zeitgeist leaves a roasted malty aroma lingering on the nose, followed by a touch of smoky espresso putting me in mind of a stout. While this dark lager has a surprisingly dry and bitter initial flavour of malts and coffee, it still has the crispness of a lager. It finishes with a dark chocolate sweetness that lingers well with the herbal hops. This is another success story from that adventurous Scottish brewery. These are the same two brewers that created the UK’s strongest ever beer in 2008, and brewed another beer at the bottom of the ocean in 2011.

- Half Pint

Rogue Ales Hazelnut Brown Nectar
18 Feb 2014
 
     

Rogue Ales Hazelnut Brown Nectar

Recently, there have been moments when I have noticed Cape Town’s chilly side. Before you know it, a sunny day becomes overcast. Summer is ending, but does that have to be sad news? Sitting at Banana Jam, a stiff wind started the itch for a something warmer. My favourite jersey was not at hand, but Rogue Ales Hazelnut Brown Nectar was. An aroma bursting with nuttiness broke its first innocent appearance. Letting it warm up just a little, the flavour blossomed with hazelnut and a hint of treacle. The finish was malty and smooth, gently letting the hops pull through. Rogue Ales triumphs again. I felt my strength returning with every sip. Summer’s end, I do not fear you anymore.

- Half Pint

Birkenhead Premium Lager
11 Feb 2014
 
     

Birkenhead Premium Lager

Once in a while the yearning comes along and all you want in the world is an ice-cold lager. The sun warmed my back as a gentle breeze rippled across the grass. I ordered the Birkenhead Premium Lager unsure if the craving would be appeased. Ever hopeful, I raised the unexpectedly dark lager realizing my mood teetered on the edge. Love at first smell! A delightfully malty aroma hinted at caramel. The unexpectedly sweet taste followed perfectly, with the light hops almost disappearing into the flavours. And did I pick up on a faint nuttiness in the crisp finish? With my thirst thoroughly quenched by an excellent summer pint, my spirits soared for the rest of the day.

- Half Pint

Birkenhead Chocolate Malt Stout
4 Feb 2014
 
     

Birkenhead Chocolate Malt Stout

I have often wondered about the origins of beer. How did that first person decide drinking fermented malt would be a good idea? And how did the resultant hangover not put him off? And then how did the next guy decide to roast the malt first to produce a stout? Thankfully though it did happen, accumulating in the Birkenhead Chocolate Malt Stout. The roasted espresso nose is thick with milk chocolate and faintly laced with liquorice. Taking a good swig, I again enjoyed that strong chocolate coffee combo giving it a tangy bitterness, which faded into a dry and nutty finish. This might have been a light stout, but it was more than a pleasant experience on a cold day!

- Half Pint

Honingklip Kashmir Pale Ale
29 Jan 2014
 
     

Honingklip Kashmir Pale Ale

This style of pale ale, the India Pale Ale, was developed for export from England to India. It seemed appropriate to be sitting on the whale coast nursing a cold Honingklip Kashmir Pale Ale at the brewery, envisaging sailors drifting past on their long voyage wishing for the warm touch of a beautiful woman. How lucky I felt! The intense fruity aroma with caramel undertones taunts the nostrils, unashamed of its strong hops presence. A heavy, yet surprisingly crisp, mouth feel gives the impression of tasting the cloudiness. Toffee comes to mind at first before the bitter hops pulls through into a smooth finish, balanced by the residual sweetness. What a treat to catch this special brew in time!

- Half Pint

Honingklip Dubbel
22 Jan 2014
 
     

Honingklip Dubbel

On our rugged whale coast with cumulonimbus clouds brewing behind me, a heavy homebrew feels like the best course of action. Stopping in at the Honingklip brewery just off the R43, my eyes could not help drifting to the Dubbel, a Belgian style of beer originating from the Trappist abbey of Westmalle. Raising the glass, molasses crashes against my olfactory receptors, leaving a tangy sourness in its wake.  Sipping, the weighty mouth feel was exactly what I sought after. My first thought is of malva pudding, with its brandy undercurrent. The sweet and sour, but fruity finish faded into a pleasant bitterness. An experience perfectly suited to the oncoming storm.

- Half Pint

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