” It was a long, dark and very cold day in the southern part of Africa. A storm was blowing in from the Atlantic Ocean. The Craft Beer revolution had just arrived and swept away the ”lonely brewery” era. The storm made way for new, small and independent Craft Breweries. “
… talking about a storm from the Atlantic. There is a new brewery on the way in Kommetjie, Cape Town.
The people behind this new, Atlantic Storm Brewery, are:
* Cameron Doubell who is the brew-master and beer-designer
* Nicholas Engelbrecht who is the financial advisor and will manage all financial matters
* JP Engelbrecht who is the engineer and will manage all equipment
The brewery is in Herons Park in Kommetjie (near Compass Bakery). At the moment they are still renovating the factory and haven’t got any equipment in.
What kind of beers are they going to brew?
According to Cameron they want to ” – brew beers with a unique flavour. We like to take everyday flavours and add them to beers”.
In fact, you have had the opportunity to try their beer already. They had a spiced ale (with cinnamon, cloves, ginger, orange peel and honey) that won The Rogue Brewer Award at the South Yeasters Summer Festival this year. They have also just done a collaboration with Tribe Coffee, making an Irish coffee milk stout.
Where could I buy Atlantic Storm Beers?
We just have to wait and see but they already have a couple of restaurants and markets that would like to stock their beers.
KwaZulu-Natal will soon have yet another brewery. That Brewing Company is finalizing their brewery in Umbilo, just south of the Durban City Centre. The brewery has a close connection to the Unity Bar & Brasserie in Durban. That might reveal some of the places where you could find beers from That Brewing Co. in the future.
Check out their Facebook site to learn more.
Location: Unit 15, 21 Eaton Road, Umbilo, Durban
Phone: 031 201 3470
The press release from Jolie360 about the Knysna Craft Beer Project!
—— PRESS RELEASE —–
The Knysna Craft Beer Project 4th till 6th July 12pm to 10pm at Pazula Golf Estate, is the latest and exciting venture of The Craft Beer Project. Working closely with The Pick n Pay Knysna Oyster Festival, The Knysna Craft Beer Project will present the very best Craft Beer and Ciders by Brewers for all festival and craft beer enthusiasts to enjoy.
18 Taps of local and national brewer’s beers and ciders will be available to taste, drink and enjoy. Along with this, a range of delicious slow foods will be available to complement each beer and cider. Pezula Golf Estate provides the idyllic setting as enthusiasts can sip and savour craft beers whilst listening to live music in the warmth of the Golf Club. The festival will maintain an intimate and friendly atmosphere that will allow interaction with The Craft Beer Project team about the brewing process and tasting regimes of brands on offer. Some brewers to look out for are Boston Breweries, Belgian Beer Company, Shongweni Brewery, Everson’s Cider and more!
The Craft Beer Project looks forward to yet again uniting the craft beer family leading the craft beer Revolution in South Africa “We are all about drinking, enjoying and educating people about great beer” Tickets are available for purchase online at http://www.Quicket.co.za for R60 or R80 at the door, both of which include a glass and taster.
|The Knysna Craft Beer Project|
|When: 4th till 6th July 2013|
|Time: 12pm till 10pm|
|Where: Pezula Golf Estate, Lagoonview Drive, Knysna|
That might be true if you want to grow the same kind of hops grown in the northern part of Europe, US or Southern Australia/Tasmania. But you do not need to do that because there are hops specially developed for less sun hours and the South African climate.
You could just go to SAB Miller hopsfarm in George to find out that it is possible to grow huge amount of hops in South Africa (another way to find out is to take the Outeniqua Country Hop Route).
Check out Beer Legends if you want to learn more about these special hop varieties (like Southern Brewer, Outeniqua, Southern Star (a descendant of Outeniqua) and Southern Promise (a descendant of Southern Brewer).
I think it is safe to say that the craft beer revolution has come to South Africa. The last two years have been really intense. A lot of new breweries and a lot of new and interesting beers. Locally produced and good quality products from small and independent breweries. But what about the neighbouring countries? Has the revolution spread into more countries in southern Africa?
In 2011 we scouted Namibia, Botswana and Zimbabwe and the result was a bit disappointing. To be frank it was more or less non-existent. Camelthorn Brewery is the only micro-brewery in Namibia and the only micro brewery in Zimbabwe that we know of is the Bespoke Brewers who serve their beers at the Harare Beer Engine. We did not find any micro-breweries in the other countries. SAB has breweries in Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Lesotho and Swaziland producing beers like St Louis Lager (Botswana), Zambezi (Zimbabwe), Laurentina (Mozambique), Maluti (Lesotho) and Sibebe (Swaziland). East African Breweries and Namibian Breweries also have some large productions in many of the neighbouring countries.
These “giants” produce some fairly good beers according to style but maybe not the most innovative and interesting ones.
What have happened since 2011? I am sad to say. We had a “scout” in Zimbabwe a couple of months ago and the result is pretty much the same.
Do you want to hear about a new brewery plan? I do not know much but to the north west of Nottingham Road, close to the Lesotho border and the Wits End Mountain Resort you could soon be drinking beers from the Bardwell Brewery.
The brewery will be in the Cathkin Park area in Central Drakensberg.
I let you all know when I know more about Mr Bardwell’s brewery plans. Please let me know if you know anything more about Bardwell Brewery.
Chris Barnard, owner and chief brewer of Boston Breweries and Russ Meyer who heads up Sales and marketing felt that Taste of Cape Town would be the perfect platform to launch their newly rebranded craft beer, Loaded Cannon Ale, previously known as Hazzard Ten Ale. Boston Breweries is just one of the many Brewers that will be part of The Craft Beer Project at the Taste of Cape Town. This will see them launch these ‘big boy’s beer’ amongst some of South Africa’s finest brews!
Boston Breweries Brand Management Company Jolie360 was tasked to rebrand their Hazzard Ten Ale. Through various social media competitions on a national level the name ‘Loaded Cannon Ale’ was finally settled on. The name and image of the cannon is a perfect fit and celebration of one of Cape Town’s iconic images, The Noon Gun. Particularly since this is classed as a beer with a bit of a punch at 10% alcohol percentage.
If you’re a fizzy yellow beer drinker this is definitely not for you. With an alcohol content of 10% it is one the strongest beer brewed in South Africa, the most defining character however is its flavour. It is dark red in colour, has a thick creamy head, and a strong malty character. The sweetness has been balanced by adding large amounts of hops to the beer after fermentation, a process called dry hopping. It’s definitely the beer that is the most fun to make. Available in 330ml bottle.10% ALC/VOL
Russ Meyer, “We are very excited to launch Loaded Cannon Ale at such a well established event such as Taste and encourage the public to come along to the Craft Beer Project tent to come along and give it a taste”
|Boston Breweries Loaded Cannon Ale launches at Taste Festivals 2013|
|When and where:
Taste of Cape Town 2013 11th to 14th April
Taste of Durban 2013 26th to 28th July
Taste of Joburg 2013 26th to 29th September