So, cards on the table my day job is with Simply Hops part of Barth Haas, one of the world's leading brewing ingredient supply companies, specifially Hops and all things Hop. And one of the "perks" of the job is being able to visit new brewing countries. When I say new, I mean new to the wonderful world of full flavoured beers, typically bracketed under the banner of Craft Beer.
I do have issues with the the C word now, but I don't have issue being sent to Capetown! Just look at it!
I was met by Mark Mohr, of 99 bottles distribution, now part of Beerhouse bars. Where once I worked in beer distribution with CaveDirect/Beermerchants.com, about that subject we met over the interwebs. We toured the area, meeting brewers/breweries.
Beerhouse on Long Street.
Beerhouse on long is the place to go for a large selection of modern Capetown, South African and European and American Craft beers. Here we had a long lunch with good friends from London, @rabidbarfly
Brewing at Devil's Peak
We brewed a version of their Devil's Peak Blockhouse IPA with some new ingredients and maths.
A day at Aegir Project Brewery
I was priveleged to brew with two of Cape Town's most interesting brewers, if two of the best. Rory of Aegir (left below), and Marc of Riot Beer, where we brewed a not quite pale ale with lots of new Australian hops, from HPA. Their Ella and Vic Secret hops being used to their fullest for a huge tropical aroma.
Just Look at it!
This is Noordhoek beach, one of the most beautiful places I have ever been too!
I would whole heartedly recommend saving up for a visit. 2hrs time zone difference means no jet lag. Great service, good value grub and beers - even with the crazy exchange rates. Make sure you add this soon-to-be-great beer scene to your bucket list.
The full version of this journey will be available in CAMRA's BEER mag, after which it shall appear in full spelling mistakes glory.