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TCBP Collaboration: Hopsession

Collaboration beer: The joining of two breweries under one banner, if only for a day, to pool their talent, ideas and passion into a joint …

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Beer Review: Vas Deferens

Beer: Vas Deferens Brewery: Caldera Brewing Company Origin: Ashland, Oregon, U.S.A. Alcohol: 8.1% a.b.v. Available: Banana Jam Cafe, Roeland Liquors Despite its rather obscene name …

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Mocha Stout Brownies

What’s better than a stout to fight off the cold, wet days of winter? Nothing . . . except maybe a giant pile of brownies …

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Beer review: CBC Mandarina Bavaria IPA

Every time a new IPA is launched, my Twitter feed goes wild, so it was inevitably full of excited retweets when the first photos of …

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Advanced Brewing Course in Cape Town

Following the huge success of their previous workshops, Cape Town beer gurus Shawn Duthie and Nick Birkby - long-term homebrewers, brew consultants and prominent SouthYeasters members – …

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Beer folk: Spotlight on Ant Cawood

Your beer claim to fame: I am one of the founding comrades of the revolutionary movement formally known as Beerguevara. Your beer philosophy in 10 …

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Jozi Craft Beer Fest 2014

Ever since the first Jozi Craft Beer Fest in May 2012, people have raved about the event. Until now I’ve never had the chance to …

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Win tickets to the Wild Clover Hops Harvest Festival

South Africa’s 2014 hops are all picked and drying ready to bring bitterness and aroma to our beers and Wild Clover is celebrating the end …

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Beer and cheese – the perfect match

It’s official. Beer goes better with cheese than wine does. I never doubted it of course, but after two sessions of Grape vs Grain at …

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CBC and Jack Black food pairing at the Mount Nelson

Those of you who follow the blog will know that I am currently locked in a fierce battle with wine guru Cathy Marston over whether …

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Grape vs Grain Round 2: The Cheese Course

If you were at Taste of Cape Town, hopefully you caught the premiere Grape vs Grain show, where I go head to head with wine-drinker …

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Grape vs. Grain – the showdown

It’s a battle as old as time itself, a debate that ends friendships and divides nations, a topic that causes more marriage break-ups than sexy …

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14 reasons to go to the 2014 SouthYeasters Summer Festival

Cape Town’s homebrewing club continues to blossom and there’s no more obvious way to see the growth of the club than at the annual Summer …

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Three Skulls relaunching as a contract brewery

One thing that I’ve been struck by time and time again is how few brewers in South Africa actually do it as a full-time job. …

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Coming soon to Porterville: beer!

One of the two questions I get asked on a very regularly basis is “how many microbreweries are there in South Africa?” I have no …

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Meet the brewer series @ Beerhouse on Long

People often ask me for a definition of craft beer. I could talk about volumes or ingredients or ownership, but I tend to go down …

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Woodstock Cooperative Brewery looking for shareholder brewers

Calling all homebrewers – a group of Cape Town friends have come up with a way for you to become a commercial brewer without forking …

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Battle of the beerfests

It’s been quite a quiet start to the year, beerfest-wise. But while there haven’t been back-to-back events every weekend, two of the country’s larger festivals …

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Duvel Tripel Hop 2014

My dad is visiting at the moment and has been dragged by his rubber arm to a host of beer events around Cape Town. “So …

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Beer and chocolate pairing – a tenuous Valentine’s post

I’m not particularly fond of Valentine’s Day, but I can’t help noticing that every other blog, website, magazine or indeed pamphlet that gets shoved through …

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Win tickets to the Constantia Craft Beer Project 2014

It’s time for the Constantia Craft Beer Project beer fest, which will take place at the False Bay Rugby Club on March 1st and 2nd, …

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Ladies and Gentlemen, your South African Alestars

Earlier this month I had an idea (well actually, like many of my blog posts and articles, it was hubby that had the idea, but …

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Official comment on the “118 Crafted Lager” video

It was one of my most read and most discussed blog posts, with the comments on the 118 Crafted Lager video taking up much of …

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When it comes to lager, can you tell the craft from the crafty?

A friend sent me a link to a video today. It’s short and sweet, very well made and if you’re a follower of the craft …

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Vote for your South African “Alestar”

The South African “beer revolution” has now been in full swing for over three years. Breweries are springing up all over the place, beerfests almost …

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My 2014 beer bucket list

It’s that time of year again – the gym is packed, McDonald’s is empty and everyone’s making promises they know they can’t keep – eating …

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To do a photo shoot like this, this man must REALLY love beer.

2013: A year of beer reviewed

Well, 2013 was a huge year for beer in South Africa. Around 15-20 new breweries popped up (who can keep count these days?), festivals were …

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Vote for your favourite new beer of 2013

I have recently discovered that people love polls! So here’s one that’s a bit more meaningful than the last. 2013 has been a big year …

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A pointless poll

It’s Christmas and no one else is working so here’s a halfhearted attempt at a blog post. It’s an utterly pointless poll, designed to settle …

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Beer for breakfast in a bikini - is this the perfect woman?

Beer folk: Spotlight on Jamie Agenbag

Your beer claim to fame: Beer Blogger (The Beer Garden SA) as well as social networking specialising in beer brands. Lover of beer and drinker …

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The fourth annual Cape Town Festival of Beer – Roundup

Beer boffins and festival fans turned out in their droves again this year for the fourth annual Cape Town Festival of Beer – at least …

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Beer 101 – Train your staff in the art of beer

Know your wine but baffled about beer? As craft beer continues to sweep South Africa, bars and restaurants are bulking up their beer lists, offering …

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Cape Town Festival of Beer 2013 Checklist

It’s that time of year again. The Cape Town Festival of Beer is back for the fourth time. This year there are over 200 beers …

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Food Craft by eat.art – an evening of artisanal edibles

When I write about beer I sometimes use phrases like ‘much-maligned’ and ‘oft-overlooked’. Yes, I do like alliteration, but it’s more than that. People see …

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Beer snobs like to drink from wine glasses

Five ways to piss off a beer snob

If you’re in any way interested in the South African beer scene, it can’t have escaped your notice that we are living in an age …

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Beer folk: Spotlight on Alan Jordan

Your beer claim to fame: I am Chairman of the East Rand Wort Hog home brewers association. Your beer philosophy in 10 words or less: …

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The Wembley Tap opens at last!

The hype has been huge and after a couple of false starts, The Wembley Tap finally opened its doors last night. It was a very …

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Contract brewing in the South African beer scene

If you’re an uber beer nerd, you might have laughed raucously over a video recently doing the rounds, focusing on a group of beer snobs …

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Beer folk: Spotlight on Shawn Duthie

It’s high time for another brief beer interview (interbrew?) and who better to profile following the birth of the Brew Baby, Kai (born September 30th …

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Something’s simmering in Soweto…and it’s beer!

Wine before beer, makes you feel queer, they say. But it’s worked out pretty well in Soweto. The Soweto Wine Festival launched in 2005 and …

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Five drinks to help you get in touch with your heritage

I was going to go down the braai route for the  September 24th public holiday, offering beer ‘n’ braai food pairings and asking for your …

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Talk like a pirate, drink like a pirate

If ye, like me, be a Pastafarian, ye’ll be knowing that Septembarrrrr 19th be a special day in the log book. It be International Talk …

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If beer festivals were wine festivals…

South Africa’s beer culture is young. It is not a nation that’s new to drinking beer by any means, but savouring beer, appreciating beer as …

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White-knuckle ride: the dray arrives at Forries

Free beer on the first Friday of each month

The first time I wrote about SAB’s monthly horse-drawn beer delivery, I was a mere bystander in the proceedings. In fact I turned up late …

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Bot River Spring Festival

Spring is springing in the Cape and the weather is starting to look up. Festival season is upon us – not that the events ever …

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Beer folk: Spotlight on Jason Cederwall

Here’s the next in my series of quick chats with famous faces on the beer scene. This week it’s Jo’burg-based beer-obsessive, Jason Cederwall. Your beer …

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The Inaugural South African National Craft Brewers’ Championship

Finally, craft brewers in South Africa are getting their own nationwide competition. The inaugural South African National Craft Brewers’ Championship will be held later this …

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Eight things I’m sick of hearing about beer

Before I start on my latest rant, I must make something clear. The vast majority of my friends are, in some way, involved in the …

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To do a photo shoot like this, this man must REALLY love beer.

Beer folk: Spotlight on Rob Heyns

You should get to know the faces of the South African beer world. Why? Well, largely because if you make friends with them, you might, …

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Beerhouse on Long opens

From the bubble and foam design of the multi-page menus to the keg and tap type basins in the toilets, there is no doubting what …

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How to get started in homebrewing

Birds do it (women that is), beards do it, even people that aren’t weird do it. So in honour of International Beer Day I present …

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Lakeside Beerworks takes over Valley Brewery’s kettles

The list of microbreweries in South Africa is constantly expanding, but as one of the Western Cape’s latest breweries gathers momentum, it’s goodbye to another …

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Beer festivals in South Africa for the rest of 2013

As the beer festival season arrives, I’m starting to get overwhelmed with the sheer number of cel-ale-brations (see what I tried to do there?) taking …

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Beer in the can

OK, just so’s we’re clear, the title of this piece does not refer to drinking beer on the toilet. (Note to self: I do like …

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Karoo Brew gets new brewers

It was Route 62’s first microbrewery, but we haven’t heard much about Karoo Brew of late. The small brewing setup in Montagu has changed hands …

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South African homebrewing has a history

Beer is everywhere right now. You can’t move for magazine pieces on craft beer, homebrewing supply shops are on the increase, bar owners are having …

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Solstice Craft and Food Festival

One of the things I love most about beer festivals is how laid back they are, and they don’t come any more laid back than …

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African Brew has hit the shelves

What’s the point of a blog if you can’t indulge in a little shameless self-promotion every now and then? So here it is: African Brew, …

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The impressive fleet on show at the Bull's Head pub in Burslem

Back to my roots – the Titanic Brewery in Stoke-on-Trent

I recently took a trip back to my home town, Stoke-on-Trent in the UK. I haven’t visited in four years and haven’t lived there since …

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Join the first SouthYeasters all-grain brewday

I won’t mince words. I just got back from the UK and it’s bloody cold in Cape Town, particularly indoors. I’m of the opinion that …

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Jozi Craft Beer Fest

Well, for the second year in a row I was unable to attend and for the second year in a row I can see I …

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Wild Clover Hops Harvest Festival

There will be beer, there will be pig, there will be family fun and there’ll even be free entrance for mums on Mother’s Day. This …

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A trio of imported non-alc brews

Non-alcoholic beer tasting

I never really got the point of non-alcoholic beers. Why not just drink soft drinks? If there’s no booze in your beer then frankly what’s …

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Bigger ‘n’ better: SouthYeasters 2013 Summer Fest

I first attended the SouthYeasters Summer Festival in 2011. It was awesome. The exhibitors were friendly, the festival-goers were friendly, the weather was great and …

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African Brew, an awesome book on South African beer, now available for pre-order

It has finally arrived, beer lovers. I have in my hands an advance copy of African Brew, a book that is going to turn a …

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Win tickets to the SouthYeasters Summer Festival

It might not feel a lot like summer at the moment, but hopefully the sun will shine on the eighth annual SouthYeasters Summer Festival. Held …

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Live brewing session at Banana Jam, April 1st #foolsbrew

11.30 – Greg collected 40 litres of Newlands spring water. 11.45 – Brewing  liquor goes into the hot liquor tank 12.00 – Lucy arrives. Argument …

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#foolsbrew recipe

  CBP American Amber Ale American Amber Ale Type: All Grain Date: 01/04/2013     Batch Size (fermenter): 20.00 l Brewer: Greg Casey and Lucy …

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Help us pop our brew cherry!

I drink a lot of it, I know a lot about it, I’ve seen it brewed over and over, both in my kitchen at home …

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A new Western Cape brewery – and a competition!

Great news for beer lovers in the Western Cape – the Beerlands route is soon going to get a little larger. I’m aware of a …

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Brewing Workshop in Cape Town, March 14-16

Charity isn’t the only thing that begins at home. Brewing revolutions do too, with a huge number of craft brewers both in South Africa and overseas being …

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What women want (in a beer)

A couple of weeks ago a friend who’s thinking of setting up a brewery messaged me and asked: “What do women look for in a …

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The evolution of the beer palate

After reading BJ Lankwarden’s book, I was struck by how many imported beers were available in South Africa a decade ago compared to what we have …

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Brew News! (Feb 2013)

This first instalment of Brew News largely revolves around bottles. Actually, it entirely revolves around bottles. First up, fans of South Africa’s oldest running microbrewery …

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Let the 2013 beerfest season commence!

This past weekend was a big one for beer in South Africa, with two major festivals simultaneously announcing the 2013 beerfest season officially open. Alas, I couldn’t …

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Five beers for Valentine’s cheer

It’s almost that time again – the day that turns perfectly happy single folks into miserable mopers and converts perfectly normal partners into nervous wrecks, …

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Beer before its time – the late Louis Luyt

Louis Luyt died last week at the ripe old age of 80. There have been obituaries written about his rugby-related career, about his politics, about …

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A book on South African beer

Some of you might know that last year, I, along with local photographer Ryno Reyneke, spent a few months sipping my way around South Africa …

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Win tickets to the Constantia Craft Beer Project!!!

  The first Brew Mistress competition brings you the chance to win two tickets to the Constantia Craft Beer Project, taking place at False Bay …

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Clarens Craft Beer Festival 2013

In the past couple of years, beer festivals have gone from being niche rarities for beard-clad ale enthusiasts to being so popular that on some …

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Beer, biltong and beautiful views

“I’m just a humble brewer,” says Wolfgang Koedel, as he stands amid brewing equipment that is more than likely giving some of the guys in …

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Hello 2013: My New Beer’s Resolutions

I’d like to raise a glass to 2012, a year that offered me the chance to taste well over 100 different beers. I sampled ales …

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2012: The Year in Beer

It would not be an exaggeration to say that 2012 was one of the biggest years in South African beer since Jan van Riebeeck sent …

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What isn’t craft beer?

There’s a question that raises its head in the beer world a lot, especially in South Africa. It’s been touched on in blog posts by …

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Imported craft – bonus or burden?

If you follow the local beer scene closely, you’ll have noticed a couple of new names appearing on taps or bottles in your local bar …

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Band Aid Beer…and how to stop the sickness spreading

I received a DM the day after CTFoB from a beer buddy who will remain nameless. It was regarding a brewery that will also remain …

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Cape Town Festival of Beer – a tale of toilets, tours and treasuring your pint

You’ll excuse the delay in posting this – it took me a while to recover from the third annual Cape Town Festival of Beer. This …

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Five awesome things to look out for at CTFoB

Beer is almost always awesome, but if you drink a lot (in a connoisseur sense of course) you might be looking for something new at …

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League of Beers Tasting Evening

You know that beer pairing is in vogue when everyone there is dressed in drainpipe jeans, shirts buttoned up to the throat and the ensemble …

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The Brew Mistress speaks pints!

Lucy is a freelance writer with an incurable travel addiction which has taken her to over 40 countries. She has taught English to Tibetan monks, …

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Cockpit Brewhouse

It has recently been noted that there is a definite deficiency of hops in the Joburg area. So what do you do when you’ve had …

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