#SheLovesBeer Collectables Series 2017

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#SheLovesBeer Collectables Series 2017

Join us and taste five limited edition beers, specially brewed for five extraordinary women! In celebration of International Women’s Day 2017! The SheLovesBeer Collectable Series 2017!

R2 of each bottle sale is going towards a bursary aimed to create opportunities for women in the beer industry.

Participating breweries and their muses:

Agar’s Brewery brewed for Refilwe Motau
Apollo Brewing Company brewed for Fabrizia Degli Esposti
Copperlake Brewing Co. brewed for Sally Hatfield
Drifter Brewing Company brewed for Tasha Mentasti
Mad Giant brewed for Beverly Cosslett

FOURWAYS – 01 March 2017

LONG STREET – 08 March 2017

Be the first one to get a taste of the limited edition SheLovesBeer Collectables Series 2017!

Five unique beers that each have a story to tell. Available exclusively through The League of Beers and Beerhouse, officially launching March 2017.

R2 of each bottle sold goes towards a bursary fund for women to study Brewers Craft.


World’s Best Beer Menu

Beerhouse is very proud to launch its new menu concept which had been in conceptual and production phase for over four months. It brings us immense joy to have this manifesto for the Beer Revolution and are confident it will recruit many more beer-lovers. 

The new menu is an evolution of our original concept of using visual guides to empower customers who are new to the great Beer Revolution to find the beer that will turn them into life-long beer lovers. We are curators of a vast library of beer which is literature from the wondrous world of beer. This literature expounds stories full of aroma, colour, flavour, bitter, sweet, weak and strong for us to ponder. It is our duty as beer navigators to guide beer lovers through this world and this manifesto of beer is a beautiful visual aid.

It contains a Beer Family Tree that links the styles together. A Beer Compass allows you to choose a beer based on flavour profiles such as Light and Refreshing to Dark & Delicious and everything in between. Our popular Tasting Trays, Explorer, Hop Head and Beer O’clock remain vital tools in exploration. The biggest evolution is our 99 Bottle list which has been broken into flavour profiles and linked in style. Visually a stunning addition to the menu. 

When we began this journey over 2 years ago we decided the best way to nurture and curate this revolution was through education. Although we don’t have the biggest list of beers in the world and we might not yet have access to some foreign heavy hitters we do have the best beer menu for curation of styles in South Africa and arguably the world’s best menu visually and of best value educationally.

We were not so long ago included in The 21 Best Beer Bars In The World, where our manifesto was recognized on a global stage:

“The beer list is physically massive, not only because of 20 taps and over 100 bottles available, but also thanks to the pages dedicated to education on styles and local production. The bar’s commitment to highlighting African brews makes it a true standout”.

Our commitment to this is as strong as ever and we welcome you to our Beerhouse On Long & Fourways to see our awesome new menus and discover that beer that will change your life.

A big thank you to all those involved in the production of this new menu. It has been a big project with many hours of toil. In particular Luke Stroebel our resident designer who put this vision together. Randolf Jorberg the Head Dreamer, Jo Slater our proof reader and finally Hot Ink who worked with our vision and made this happen. 

Stay Thirsty, Stay Curious

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The Brewers Co-Op on Tap

If you go down to the Woodstock today,You’re sure of a big surprise. If you go down to the Woodstock today, You’d better go to the Brewers Co-op.

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Why? Great beer that’s why. The Brewers Co-Op opened this year in Albert Road Woodstock. So what is a Co-Op? It is ‘An association of persons who voluntarily cooperate for their mutual, social, economic, and cultural benefit’. Fourteen guys have clubbed together to created this association to cooperate for the mutual benefit of making great beer.  The brewers backgrounds vary and all have day jobs but have all dabbled to different levels in the fine art of home brewing.

The Beerhouse team visited the co-op and were shown around by Rob Ambler-Smith one of the ‘Co-Opers’ . We got a look at the small but impressive Brewery that is fully automated and controlled through software on a lap top, something usually reserved for the big boys with the mega bucks. Such ingenuity goes along way in the micro-brewing world.

So a society without a democratically elected leader or dictator despot? How does that work? Is it not chaos, who brews when? These were some of the questions from the team. Rob is under no illusion that it has not always been easy but the co-operation has been maintained and nurtured through committees that take responsibility for admin (uuurgh), brewing schedules and looking after there show room. The bar is a small but impressive set up with each of the Co-Opers installing their choice of tap handle. From dinosaurs to bugles it makes for an impressive back bar. However what is most impressive about this place is the beer. These guys are making excellent small batch beer and the variety of styles is outstanding. “For me personally, the best thing as a brewer is the ability to brew new beers and continue to be experimental. As a customer, I also love the fact that you can come in every week, and there will be something new on tap”, Rob enthuses.

The beers are of such quality that they are being recognized nationally. The latest finalist were announced for the SAB Craft Brewers Championship and two beers from the Co-Op have been shortlisted. Hopping Frog Brewworks, Rambunctious Rye and Ukhamba Beerworx & HopHazard Brewing collaboration, The Red Brick Shit House barley Wine.

Beerhouse on Long will introduce a special new tap for the Co-op that we will be rotating their variety of beers. Starting with Rob’s Damnation Brewing Lone Wolf American Pale Ale. 

Stay Thirsty Stay Curious

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All roads should lead to Clarens

All roads should lead to Clarens. Especially in February, when it’s time for SA’s best Beer Fest. I have been privileged to attend a lot of Beer Festivals in the last two years; this was my second Clarens Beer Fest and it’s now officially an unmissable event in my calendar. Clarens #3
Why is it South Africa’s best? Well, there are a lot of reasons. First, the Eastern Free State has got to be one of the most scenic and beautiful places in the world – the lush green rolling hills and unique rock formations are simply magnificent. Second, Clarens itself is delightfully old-fashioned. A remnant of bygone town planning, the communal grass square serves as an awesome platform for a Beer Festival. Third, all the Brewers have to be present. This is a big drawcard for me, as some brands at other Festivals are happy to have poppies flaunting their wares, or are content to hire staff to pour their beer. Most of these hired beer dispensers have little or no knowledge of their product. Their apathy irritates me, and makes me not want to consume their products. In Clarens the Brewer is right there at the stall, pouring your beer and answering questions like, “Whats your grain bill?” Ask a hired poppie that question and you might get a pearly-white smile and a “Er – I’m not sure what I spend on cereal.” So Clarens is great for both more seasoned travelers and those starting their journey. photo 1 (3)Finally, each brewer has to brew a new beer specifically for the festival. Therefore 20 new and unique beers are present for me to whisper to. Some of them sung sweetly, others barked loudly and some yapped away at my ankles. Twenty new rides for me to go on, along with all the old favourites. Disneyland for Beer lovers!!
My favourites this year included the three “Best of Shows”, so the judges and I agreed. My breakfast, That Brewing Co’s AM Stout really showed off some great American hop aroma while dancing on a sweet, malty stage. The guys from Smack!Republic  never disappoint and their Nut Brown Ale was so moreish I’m sure I put a serious dent in the one 50 litre keg they brewed. Needless to say the keg finished early on the second day. Third spot went to new guys Riot Beer Factory with a fantastically balanced Simcoe IPA. This single hop beaut was what I use to punctuate all the other beers, and I always seemed to go back to guys at Riot with a big smile on my face.
Perhaps the biggest highlight though (as is the case every year) was the people. Some people say you’re only as good as the beer you drink. Well, I reckon you’re only as good as the people you drink beer with. What a privilege to be able to share this great occasion with so many legendary beer lovers. See you next year Clarens – I will (and will not!) miss you.
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