Latest South African craft beer news

It’s taken me such a very long time to get round to scripting this that a lot of the gadgets right here in all probability couldn’t be classed as information any extra, however right here you go anyway – some issues which have been occurring in South African craft beer these days:

1000 Hills Brewing Co wins Beer of the Yr at SA Nationwide Beer Trophy

The title of ‘Beer of the Yr’ within the annual South African Nationwide Beer Trophy went to 1000 Hills Brewing Firm in KZN for his or her FES, a powerful British ale.

A complete of 39 silver medals had been awarded, in addition to 14 gold medals. There have been additionally seven class winners: Jack Black Brewers Lager (Finest Gentle Beer), Franschhoek Beer Firm’s The Stout (Finest Darkish Beer), 1000 Hills Brewing Firm’s The FES (Finest Speciality Beer), CBC Pale Ale (Finest Hoppy Beer), Richmond Hill’s Two Rand Man (Finest Purple and Amber Beer), Darling Gentle Pace (Finest Low Alcohol Beer) and Satan’s Peak Hero (Finest No Alcohol Beer). Try the SANBT web site for the complete checklist of winners.

Beer Affiliation of South Africa relaunches marketing campaign to promote beer in supermarkets

Again in 2018, a gaggle of us launched the Let Us Purchase Beer marketing campaign with the objective for beer to be bought in supermarkets alongside wine. We didn’t get far with it, though we did have strong public assist. I used to be very completely happy to see the Beer Affiliation of South Africa taking on the trigger final month. Virtually 22,000 individuals had signed the petition on the time of writing – keep watch over their web site to search out out what is going to occur subsequent…

Karoo Craft Brewery expands taproom

Karoo Craft Brewery has expanded their taproom at Simonsvlei, simply outdoors Paarl. The brand new area seats 120 and has views overlooking a dam and the mountains. Anticipate 10 beers on faucet, together with some new releases alongside their flagships. There’s pizza, ribs, burgers and salads on the menu and an amazing youngsters’ play space on the property. They’re open Tuesday to Saturday – make a plan to spend a day there this summer season.

Mad Big scoops grand prix in annual Beer Label Awards

Jo’burg based mostly Mad Big Brewery received a gold medal and the coveted grand prix on the annual Beer Label Awards.

Their reusable ‘milkman’ type bottles had been counseled for his or her concentrate on sustainability. The grand prix isn’t awarded yearly and goes to a label that really wows the judges. Bomb Squad Lager additionally received a gold medal for its glossy can design.

For a full checklist of this 12 months’s winners in each the wine and beer classes, head over to Winemag’s Fb web page.

Charlie’s Storage opens a brand new taproom in Simon’s City

When Charlie Murray took over Lengthy Seashore Brewery just a few years again he turned it from being a little-known manufacturing brewery into a correct vacation spot for lovers of music and beer. And now he’s opened a second location in Simon’s City. Look out for the Hickory Shack signal on the principle highway, for Charlie has teamed up with Jay Haupt, previously of the Hickory Shack in Elgin. There’s a mini brewery on website and many smoked meaty goodness on the menu. The place will likely pump this summer season. Be there.

New hemp beer model launches in Jo’burg

It’s been some time since any new breweries or manufacturers have launched so it’s nice to see some new cans available on the market. Non Blonde is a contract model brewing out of Brewhogs in Kyalami. They’ve launched with 5 beers, all containing hemp (however no CBD or THC content material): a Pilsner, Lager, Dunkel, IPA and a Ginger Lager. Look out for a evaluation on the weblog quickly…

Soul Barrel takes over brewing operations at Tuk Tuk

The workforce at Soul Barrel has taken over brewing operations at Tuk Tuk Microbrewery in Franschhoek. The beers – Lager, Weiss, Golden Ale and IPA – will all be brewed on-site at Tuk Tuk. Soul Barrel is finest recognized for its experimental beers however proprietor Nick Smith will likely be specializing in basic types at Tuk Tuk.

Valley Brewery beneath new administration

That is type of a headline with no story connected, for I’ve no additional information than this. Glenn Adams, long-time proprietor of Valley Brewery in Kommetjie has bought the brewery. I’ve contacted the brand new homeowners to search out out extra…after I know, you’ll know.

Beer Troopy launches nationwide beer passport

Travelling beer lover and author Holger Meier has launched a beer passport beneath his Beer Troopy model. The passport is designed to encourage beer tourism in SA, itemizing 120 pubs and taprooms across the nation. If you go to a spot listed within the passport, you’ll get a stamp and in lots of circumstances, a beer on the home. The passport prices R350 and is accessible from the Beer Troopers web site.