Last week was an incredibly emotional week for all concerned. In the midst of the adversity faced by the Joe’s family and friends and the Beerhouse staff, we find ourselves extremely grateful for all the support afforded us by the community, our suppliers and our loyal Beerhouse customers.
“In memory of Joe”, the Joe Kanyona Memorial Donation page, has raised R46,647 so far in support of Joe’s wife and four month-old daughter, receiving donations from as far afield as New York, London and Sydney. Thank you to all who have donated thus far – your generosity is much appreciated.
We’re also grateful to Lakeside, Apollo, CBC, The Belgian Beer Co., Windermere, Woodstock and Jack Black, who have sponsored a special ‘keg wall’ at Beerhouse on Long in Joe’s honour. The keg wall and other in-store fund-raising has seen a further R55,000 raised on behalf of Joe’s family. We encourage all who would help to come down to Beerhouse and pull a pint in honour of Joe.
We will continue to support the police investigation into Joe’s death.
Please accept heartfelt thanks on behalf of Joe’s family and the Beerhouse staff for your ongoing support through this tragedy. We are deeply grateful.
As part of our efforts to support Joe’s wife and four month-old daughter, we have erected a keg wall at Beerhouse on Long. Thanks to the generous sponsorship of Lakeside Beerworks, Woodstock Brewery, Jack Black, The Belgian Beer Co., Apollo Brewing, Cape Brewing Company (CBC) and Windermere, we are able to offer our patrons the chance to make a donation to the Kanyona family and pull a pint in honour of Joe.
Interested parties can also make a donation on our donation page, which has seen an overwhelming response from the public so far. Thank you to everyone who has shown their support; we are overwhelmed and extremely grateful for your kindness.
Joe Louis Kazadi Kanyona – 32, who was employed as a doorman at Beerhouse On Long, was stabbed by unknown assailants in front of Beerhouse on Long on Saturday at 10:38 pm. The incident occurred after Kanyona requested identity documents from a customer. Despite being attended to by medics, Kanyona tragically passed away.
Joe, as he was affectionately known by the Beerhouse team, was a much-loved colleague and friend, and although he worked in the security environment he had a gentle soul, friendly demeanour and ready smile.
The Beerhouse family has been deeply hurt by this tragic incident, and we wish to extend our heartfelt condolences to the Kanyona family and loved ones.
We would like to assure all concerned that we will do everything in our power to look after Joe’s family. Due to many inquiries received, we’ve set up a fundraiser page on BackaBuddy – all of the proceeds will go straight to his family as he left a wife and his 4-month old baby behind. Donations of baby formula, powdered milk, nappies, baby clothes, etc can be dropped at Beerhouse on 223 Long Street.
In honour of our friend and colleague Joe Kanyona, Beerhouse will reopen at 4pm on Monday the 22nd June, with 100% of the takings on the day going to Joe’s family.
As our Meet the Brewers events get ever more popular, Beerhouse is proud to welcome the hip-hoppers from Riot Beer Factory to Long Street on the 20th July, and the family brewers from Just Brewing to Fourways on the 27th of July.
Riot have been inciting a… err… single-hop riot on the Beerhouse on Long guest tap for a while now – and people love their beer. The Session Ale in particular is a whole whack of easy-drinking fun, and if you haven’t drunk it, you’re missing out.
Just Brewing, as the name suggests, are less of an angry mob. Focusing on good environmental practice and community upliftment through their brewing practices, they’re making a difference in Boksburg. This blogger in particular is looking forward to their Just Chocolate Coffee Stout.
So if you’ve been around the Cape Town city centre on any of the First Thursdays in the past couple of months, you may have been lucky enough to catch afro-soul sensation Wandile Mbambeni wooing the crowds at Beerhouse.
If not, you missed out. Swak.
Wandile hails from Port Elizabeth, where he was enrolled in the EP Kings rugby academy. Only he spent more time sitting on the couch playing guitar than tackling people, and after hearing him practice a few times it was his teammates who prodded him into becoming a performer. It’s been a bit of a whirlwind for the man from the Eastern Cape, but he’s riding it like a pro.
Wandile’s soulful mix of traditional Xhosa favourites and original folk and blues-inspired riffs has become an instant hit at Beerhouse, and we’re hoping to have him back regularly in the future. In the meantime, check out the Wandile Mbambeni Facebook Page for updates on the man and his guitar, and if he’s playing near you, get out and support a true South African talent.