You can find us on Long Street in Cape Town and Fourways in Johannesburg. Relax and enjoy our contemporary beer hall with its 25 taps, and our legendary ’99 Bottles’ of the best local and international beer.
Our emphasis is the curation of craft beer brands, and a service standard that sets the trend in the hospitality industry. Our beer is served by the most knowledgeable and passionate staff in the industry, and our food is crafted by an internationally experienced kitchen team specifically to compliment our large beer variety.
We see ourselves as a hub for all things beer, and we strive to incubate the ideals of craft while supporting local micro-breweries and giving them a podium from which to shout their qualities to the world.
Welcome to the Beer Revolution.
STAY THIRSTY. STAY CURIOUS.
The Beer Whisperer is back with the next in his educational Slideshare presentations (and don’t they just look spiffy as well?!). If you, like me, prefer a sweeter, more fruity lightness to your beer, then the spectacular range of wheat beers available at Beerhouse might just be for you. Check out the ins and outs of this refreshing style right here…
Our Meet the Brewers events for April promise more excellent beer and fine dining, great stories and all-round enjoyment for those curious and thirsty enough to join us. Beerhouse Fourways will be welcoming Imke from Brauhaus Am Damm on Monday the 20th April. Meet the Brewers is always a sell-out, so get your tickets now. That’s right, just scroll down and do it. You won’t be disappointed.
Our Meet the Brewers events for April promise more excellent beer and fine dining, great stories and all-round enjoyment for those curious and thirsty enough to join us. Beerhouse on Long Street will be hosting Morne from Lakeside Beerworks on Monday the 27th April. Meet the Brewers is always a sell-out, so get your tickets now. That’s right, just scroll down and do it. You won’t be disappointed.
Monday night saw the Mash Tun at Beerhouse host the lovely sisters Melanie and Tania of CederBrew for a beer and food pairing worthy of the gods (particularly the god of fish). They introduced their Catfish Ale, Sandfish Weiss, Chubby Head Stout, Cherry Blonde and Jan Pampoen Spicy Pumpkin Ale to a roomful of appreciative and enthusiastic beerlovers, who also found the mostly pescetarian food pairing by executive chef Roy MacAskill exactly as it was intended: mouth-wateringly delicious. As fantastic as the fare was however, there was a larger issue being addressed by the happy gathering.
Consider for a minute the drive and belief it takes for two ladies from the Cederberg to take on the might of the rough and ready, male-dominated and oftentimes misogynistic brewing industry (and to do it with a classy poise so often lacking in beer-filled interactions).
As atypical as it is today however – and as the Beer Whisperer pointed out in the night – it was primarily women who were responsible for alcohol production prior to men discovering metallurgy, building machines and inadvertently kicking off the industrial revolution. From then on, alcohol and every other product became a commodity, and the feminine influence in beer and society was further marginalised as men killed each other on a larger scale than ever before. You’ll forgive the grandiosity, but I’d like to think that from that perspective at least, the advent of CederBrew beer represents a step in the right direction.
Beerhouse takes its collective hat off to you, Melanie and Tania, and if the reception you received on Monday night is anything to go by, we’re confident that we’ll be serving CederBrew beer for many years to come.
Why is it that the Western Cape is such a hotbed of beer variety? The answer is largely down to a entrenched and extremely strong home brewing culture, nurtured primarily by the South Yeasters home brewing club. Without any doubt, the true strength of the Beer Revolution is the commitment of these foot soldiers.
An ever-growing group of beer enthusiasts meets once a month to share their latest brews, knowledge and solid beer banter. The highlight of the year is their Summer Fest, hosted by SAB in the grounds of their historical and picturesque brewery. The venue is stunning, and the rich brewing history is palpable as one walk through the malt house, now a heritage museum. A lot of micro- brewers look upon SAB with distrust. Big beer, they reason, is an evil empire imposing its will and destroying independent beer planets with impunity. But there were no aggressive Storm Trooper-types or conniving spies at this event, just bright red tents with Castle on them. Some student home brewers couldn’t afford taps – so SAB lent them some. Not really the behavior of a beer-swilling Darth Vader; more like a big brother helping their much younger siblings navigate the wonderful universe of brewing. “The force is strong with you!” sayeth the Emperor with an approving nod.
The atmosphere at the Summer Fest is jovial, and the brewers are exposed to many thirsty beer lovers eager to taste what amateur brewing has got up its sleeve. The standard was the highest I have encountered in the last three years, perhaps testament to the overall lifting of standards in amateur and micro-brewing. Many of the entrants were commercial ventures in the making – simply (or not so simply) waiting on their licenses. I recognized a few; Three Anchor Brewing and their Peg Leg IPA was a favourite of mine last year. When questioned as to why they had not yet gone commercial, the brewer replied, ” I don’t want to have to make standard beers, I like the freedom to experiment”. Is this an indication that even “Micro- brewing” is starting to be viewed as mainstream? Another favourite, which got my vote for “People’s choice” was a very well-made Black IPA from Northern suburb home brewery Fishbone Beerworks. They too are hesitant to become a commercial brewing operation, with their brewer happy to remain a hobbyist, content to make beer for himself and his family. Good for him.
Does making beer commercially take away the experimentation and fun associated with creating a quality handmade product? Perhaps. But, I know many a commercial brewer that experiments and has loads of fun doing it. One of the biggest and most influential ‘craft’ brewers – BrewDog – seems to have a never-ending list of experiments. Regardless, the future of beer in the Western Cape and South Africa looks good. The foot soldiers’ numbers are swelling, and their skills are increasing rapidly. The revolution is in their hearts and minds, and the quality in their hands. Keep an eye out for these breweries, who will soon have a beer in your hand: Beerfly, Stickman Brewery and Riebeek Brew.
Stay Thirsty Stay Curious!