RIP Joe Louis

joeJoe 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.

Update 2015/06/30

Update on Joes Legacy one year later and a second fundraiser to support his daughter’s education!


Beerhouse Fourways opening – 99 bottles of beer have arrived!

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After months of planning and construction, weeks of training and many times the question “when are you going to open?”, we are proud to invite you to our official opening celebration, this Thursday, July 24th, from 8pm at the Beerhouse Fourways, at Pineslopes Boulevard (same complex as Billy the Bum’s & Stones) on Witkoppen Road!

Since opening the first Beerhouse on Long Street, Cape Town in 2013 we were often asked to bring our variety of 99 bottles and 20 taps to Johannesburg. We’re proud to bring Africas biggest beer variety to Gauteng and open in Fourways!

First 25 people to walk in will receive a complimentary bottle of our 999 limited Gold Rush House Brew bottles.

For a chance to WIN ALL 99 BOTTLES, enter your email on Fourways.co.za and share the news with your friends!

If you’re working for media you can get invited to our media launch earlier that day: Please RSVP!


One late night 2 years ago…

After only 8 months of trading it is clear, that not only the media, but specially our guests love our Beerhouse and it is getting clear, the Beerhouse is here to stay and grow with the first Beerhouse in Johannesburg about to open.

We are very happy with our baby, that opened August 2nd 2013 and we’d like to share, how the idea of Beerhouse started during a trip to Germany:

brad-anonymized-beerhouse-historyOther than Babies, the Beerhouse concept took a solid 16 months from conception to birth. It was exactly two years ago on April 2nd, 2012, that my (then pregnant) girlfriend Varnia and me were sitting in a beer bar in Heidelberg, discussing the various available Beers and their stories and wondering why no similar place exists in Cape Town. Quick market research through text messages and Facebook followed and we realised, that there might indeed be a gap in the South African market.

Thanks to the pregnancy, we went back to the hotel quite early that evening and I reserved the most obvious domain name beerbar.co.za, created a brand new Facebook page, invited Capetonian friends and started posting, before going to bed.

I couldn’t be bothered to work on the Beerbar idea when we returned from our Eurotrip, as pregnancy and my OMClub party took up all my time, but I did notice the friends congratulating me on our new bar business.

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Beerhouse Team at the CT Festival of Beer 2012: Varnia, Randolf and baby Eliza. Not in the picture: Jane

Just a few days after the birth of our daughter it happened: Varnias uncle told us, that some of his rugby mates asked him, ‘whether he heard about these mavericks, that were planning to open a beer bar with more than 40 different beers’ and they mentioned my name. Beer blogger Joakim had written about us, although we had no location, no experience in the hospitality industry – we did nothing, but promise beer variety…

I slowly realized what we’ve done: it wasn’t only friends & family, that liked our idea. We had planted an idea into peoples mind and they actually really wanted a beerbar with 40+ different beers! We finally started to seriously turn a drunk crackpot idea into a business.

restaurant-to-letEven without any experience in the industry, it is obvious, that a successful bar business starts with a good location and Long Street is where it’s at. After looking at smaller available vacancies, we finally called the ‘Restaurant space to let’ number, that we walked past so many times and found a fascinating venue we knew would work.

Few days after signing the contract for 223 Long Street we still had no real idea how to open a bar, but were ready to spread the word. We printed blue Beerbar T-Shirts and visited the Cape Town Festival of Beer, where we met all the brewers, that are now our best partners for the first time and we also found our vision: give our guests at the Beerhouse a 365 day a year beer festival experience and be the tasting room for the South African craft beer industry.

beerhouse-coming-soonWith the new name finalised we decided to not wait for a logo and the Artads artists painted the name, two beer mugs and the opening soon message on the building, that would stay visible way past the April due date we originally anticipated. We invited all our new beer loving friends to the Beerhouse fundraising & christening party and were able to collect more than R5000 in donations for BaphumeleleStormont Madubela Primary School and the Butterfly Art Project thanks to the support by United dutch Breweries, Keg KingRob Heyns & Roeland Liquors.

With all this exciting momentum, we launched into 2013, knowing that a family-team together with relentless Jane, wouldn’t be able to do it all themselves and would need to grow. Once again fortune was in our favour and Murray joined us after just returning to Cape Town from a career and his own restaurant in London

finding-murrayand the rest is history… 😉

 


Spoil your loved one this Valentines Day

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Liefman’s Fruitesse Gift pack with two glasses

We have the perfect way to celebrate Valentines day. Beer is the way to a man’s heart and what better place to bring him but a house full of beer. You win too because we have teamed up with Belgian Beer Company and will be giving away our first 50 Liefman’s Fruitesse on tap for free on Friday the 14th.  There will also be prizes of Fruitesse Gift packs and iphone covers.

Fruitesse is a unique, fresh beer blend, maturing for 18 months on cherries in the Liefmans cellars.

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Liefman’s iphone cover

The Fruit base is then blended with fresh, natural fruit juices of strawberry, raspberry, cherry, elderberry and bilberry. The result is a summery, refreshing fruit beer that is delightfully sweet, with the sparkle of champagne and the freshness of a beautifully chilled glass of wine.

It has proven to be one of our most popular beers on tap especially with the ladies. We have sold over 2000 litres of it since opening in August 2013.

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The Beer’o’clock video released – 99 Bottles are waiting!

We finally released the Beer’o’clock video by director Tavis Geeringh online. Enjoy!

Butho Ncube has over 10 years of experience in all kinds of video production, including documentary, live television, promotional and short film. Butho is privileged to have travelled around the world documenting stories, making new friends and learning about new cultures.

Tavis Geeringh has worked as a director, scriptwriter and editor on short documentaries and corporate films for nearly 10 years, and also has experience as a production manager on television commercials. When not shooting videos, Tavis can be found lurking in one of Cape Town’s many frozen yoghurt stores. His company name EXTRA MILE can be seen as a promise when it comes to dealing with his clients.