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Ceder Brew

June 24, 2014

Ceder Brew is the first brewery located in the heart of the Cederberg. The brewery is situated on the Nieuwoudt family farm and has a really interesting head brewer.

From their website: For Dr Melanie Nieuwoudt her doctoral studies on beer brewing are much more than just an academic matter. She will be putting the knowledge she has gained over the past four years into practice by opening a micro-brewery in the Cederberg on the Nieuwoudt family farm, Krom Rivier.

Dr Nieuwoudt is one of 18 graduates of the Faculty of AgriSciences at Stellenbosch University who receives her doctorate on 24 April. Findings from her PhD studies in food science now makes it possible for brewers to consistently, make a beer with a stable foam head as well as a longer shelf life.

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I am not sure if they have opened to the public yet but if and/or when they do you will be able to enjoy a Chubby Head Stout or Catfish Ale.

Location: Kromrivier, Cederberg P.O. Box 284, Clanwilliam, Western Cape 8135
Facebook: cederbrew
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Phone: 027-482 2807 / 22

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Bespoke Brewers in Zimbabwe

June 23, 2014

Bespoke Brewers at the Harare Beer Engine is one of only two Craft Breweries in Zimbabwe (not counting Shabeens and home-brewers). Situated just a couple of blocks away from the Harare Central station it is the perfect stop when in the Zimbabwean capital.

Opening up in 1997 they are one of the oldest craft breweries in southern Africa. Peter Triggs (owner and brewer) tells me that “We’re recovering from a lost decade since we opened in 1997, but we’re slowly getting there again.”

They have five different beers on tap. Sold in the Harare Beer Engine at one US dollar 330ml glass. The capacity is fairly high with nine fermenting tanka (á 800 liters).

They describe their beers:

 Coxswain Coxswain Real Ale (4.5% abv) Handcrafted fresh, natural unpasteurised beer. Genuine English real ale draught beer fermented, stored and dispensed by traditional displacement pump (the beer engine) direct from temperature controlled 18 gallon Kilderkin cask.Taste: A lilting aroma of English ale hops, sweet malt – quenching and malty in the mouth – with a long, lingering bitter-sweet finish in which the hop’s malty and peppery characteristics slowly start to dominate.
IPA India Pale Ale (IPA) (4.5% abv) Based upon genuine India Pale Ale that was slow brewed and transported to India in casks by the East India Company in the 18th century.
Taste: A strong aroma of English ale hops, fulsome and malty in the mouth – with a long, strong lingering bitter-sweet finish in which the hop’s malty and peppery characteristics dominate.
Lighthouse Lager Lighthouse Premium Lager (5% abv) Natural, unpasteurised beer brewed using only the finest German and Czech hops (Hallertauer Hersbruker, Pilsner Saaz).The beer has a distinctive aromatic taste and fragrance comparable to the beers produced by breweries of central Europe.
Taste: A lilting aroma of hops, sweet malt – quenching and malty in the mouth – with a long, lingering fruity bitter-sweet finish in which the hop’s citrus characteristics slowly start to dominate.
Navigator Bitter Navigator Premium Bitter (4.5% abv) Genuine English Keg draught bitter. The hops used are a blend of East Kent Goldings hops for acidity, with the flavour and aroma of Fuggles hops for that typical distinctive ale flavour and taste.
Taste: A lilting aroma of Endlish ale hops, sweet malt – quenching and fulsome malty flavour in the mouth – with a long, lingering fruity bitter-sweet finish in which the hop’s malty and peppery characteristics slowly start to dominate.
Trigger Stout Trigger Stout (5.5% abv) Handcrafted, fresh, natural unpasteurised beer. Based upon a genuine 19th century invalid nourishing stout brewed by Marstons Brewery, Dorset, England. Hops  are high alfa-acid East Kent Goldings and the malt is traditional floor malted Chocolate malt from Crisp Maltings.
Taste: A strong aroma of English ale hops, fulsome and malty flavour in the mouth – with a long, strong lingering bitter finish in which the malty and peppery characteristics of the malts dominate.
Destroyer Lager – No description

Location: Park Street / Samora Machel Ave, Harare
Phone: +263 77 235 8623, +264 251 050

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Sabie Brewing Company

May 21, 2014

Sabie Brewing Company is a new brewery that is going to open in Sabie, Mpumalanga. Sabie is a small town inbetween the Hops Hollow Brew Pub in Longtom Pass and the soon to open Mountain Stream Brewery up in Graskop. The brewery is situated in one of the oldest buildings in Sabie, the H.T. Glynn House build in 1921.
I let you know more when I know more!
Location: 41-43 Main Street/Road, Sabie (H.T. Glynn House)
Facebook: Sabie-Brewing-Company/839544852727460
Twitter: –
Phone: 083-627 4188


Swagga Breweries

April 7, 2014

Swagga Breweries is a new brewery in the south-west part of Johannesburg or more correctly in Alrode, Alberton. They have the first 2000 litres brewing at the moment (an Irish Red Ale and a Belgium Blonde). They need to do a couple of test runs before they hit the market so keep your eyes and ears open.

From their website: “Swagga is about representing yourself in a way that demands respect in everything you do.”

“Update: 21/05/2014 “We are fully operational now, bottling plant is also up and running. We are currently producing the Swagga Red, Swagga Blonde, Swagga IPA and the Swagga Porter is almost ready for kegging”

Location: 13 Barium Street, Alrode, Alberton
Facebook: –
Twitter: @SwaggaBreweries
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Phone: 011-864 5056

Swagga Breweries

Bright Orange Brewing Company

April 7, 2014

Bright Orange Brewing Company is a new Craft Brewery on the way in the northern part of Johannesburg. The brewery is still under construction but it will be situated at the Tungsten Industrial Park, in Strijdom Park (Strydom Park). It is possible though to have a beer from Bright Orange Brewing Company before the new brewery is up and running. They aim to “contract brew” their beer at their sister-brewery in Western Cape.

During 2014 we might be drinking beers like Colourblock Orange,  Yellow, Black, Green or Red.

Location: Tungsten Industrial Park, in Strijdom Park, Johannesburg
Facebook: (not up yet)
Twitter: (not up yet)

Bright Orange Brewing Company

Boston Breweries Craft Beer Village at the Cape Town Summer Market

December 13, 2013

The press release from Jolie360 about Boston Breweries Craft Beer Village at the Cape Town Summer Market!

The Cape Town Summer Market (the newly branded Adderley Street Night Market) which runs from the 14th to 30th December (excluding Christmas Day and Boxing Day) and set in the gorgeous location of the National Heritage site, The Company’s Gardens now boasts the addition of a Craft Beer Village.

The Company’s Garden will be bustling with an eclectic blend of musicians providing the soundtrack to the festivities along with stalls selling everything from hand-crafted décor, stylish clothing, and jewellery to tasty food. One of the highlights being the craft beer garden run by Boston Breweries.

Market enthusiasts can look forward to a 12 tap bar system with Boston Breweries 10 fine brews on offer. These include; Boston Lager, Naked Mexican, Johnny Gold Weis, Whale Tale Ale, Van Hunks Pumpkin Ale, Boston IPA & Black River Coffee Stout. The newest additions to the Boston Breweries craft beer range will also be available on tap, these being the big boys beer Loaded Cannon Ale with a 10% alcohol percentage, Killa Jewel with a low in calorie content making it ideal for those who love beer but are watching their figure and lastly Honey Blonde the baby of the family, having been only recently brewed and made available to the public. Along with the extensive range of brews on offer there will also be wine and sparkling wine available for purchase.

Enthusiasts can enjoy a craft style vibe with a Bedouin tent and plenty of seating; ideal for savouring and comparing beer & wine styles. The Craft Beer Village celebrates the craft of brewing in a friendly atmosphere that will allow interaction with the staff about the tasting regime and about which beers to pair with certain foods on offer at The Cape Town Summer Market!

‘Moving the Adderley Street Night Market into the Company’s Garden was quite a challenge,’ says Toby Chance from the organiser Adele Lucas Promotions. ‘We had to retain the unique Cape Flats feel with its loyal vendor and visitor following, while attracting a new product profile which would appeal to a broader audience including local and international tourists. Cape Town and the Western Cape are home to many emerging businesses in the creative industries and we have made a special effort to accommodate these, to grow the local economy and provide these small businesses with a much-needed market outlet.’

Boston Breweries Craft Beer Village at the Cape Town Summer Market
When: 14th to 30th December 2013 (excluding Christmas Day and Boxing Day)
Where: Company’s Gardens, Queen Victoria Street, Cape Town


Woodstock Cooperative Brewery

November 10, 2013

Attention all homebrewers! A new cooperative brewery plan in Cape Town (Woodstock).

If you are interested in joining you should e-mail them as soon as possible. Do not miss the Kick-off meeting:

Date: Tuesday 12 November 2013 18:30
Where: Studio 207 Side Street Studios, 48 Albert Road (corner Hercules and Albert), Woodstock,
You will need to sign in at reception, say you’re visiting Ralph at Studio 207.

Brief Introduction and Overview
Summary of progress and next steps
Question and answer session to clarify any issues that have not already been resolved by email.
Prospectus: Link to the prospectus
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