Its that time of year again. silly season is upon us. its time to wind down 2013 and wind up an awesome Beer filled 2014. Book your office party with us and win R100 beer voucher for yourself.
Introducing our very own beer mug. Available from our downstairs shop for R35 each. Part of the beer legend is its range of hues from pale yellow through amber to pitch black. Without glassware this sensory delight would be lost. In fact it completes the total sensory experience of sight, smell, touch, taste and sound. The sound element being the clinking resulting from the coming together of glass in the age old custom of cheers which originated as a deterrent against evil spirits.
We snuck in our our first annual OktoBEER fest on the 31 of October. To all those that are familiar with the great Munich event will know that ironically the festival is actually starts in late September and continues for 16- 18 days. To the locals the event is actually called “die Wies’n which means fair grounds. It truly is the Disneyland for beer drinkers with massive beer halls dotted among roller coaster and bumper car rides. Six million people attend the event where traditional Bavarian beer and food is grandiosely celebrated. The beer halls themselves are hives of beer drinking excitement and sociability. Traditional songs are played by OOmpah bands with audience participation a site to behold.
Although we are a 365 day a year beer festival it would have been be rude not to have thrown a #OktoBEERfest party considering our roots in traditional beer halls. We have taken all the positive aspects from traditional European beer halls such as the social inclusive atmosphere and thrown in a massive variety of beer from around the world. Our OktoBEER fest was a great night where guest were treated to South Africa’s best OOmpah band that belted out traditional sing a longs as well as more recognisable contemporary pop with a traditional Bavarian twist. Our lovely Frauleins served eisbein, pretzels and Ginger bread hearts. We provided 5l table kegs of imported German Beer as well as how normal range of SA craft and imported beers.
Our Beer loving guest really took to the #OktoBEERfest atmosphere, soon they were on the tables clinging glasses and signing with suitable gusto if not entirely the right words. There was much merriment and the 5l Kegs flowed as well as our 20 taps which had treats like Paulaner, Maisel and Erdinger Weiss. For those that join us a big DANKE is needed as you made the festival atmosphere come alive with youR participation. The party was such a success that we are already planning a a week long festival in 2014. Until then PROST!
We have now been open for 3 months and our staff have really been working hard. They have applied themselves to the massive task of operating a busy venue with Africa’s biggest variety of beer under one roof. They have taken to the task with gusto and are continually learning about the worlds greatest beverage. Last Monday we took them on a Brewery and Cidery tour for more beer and cider education and also to show them our appreciation for all their efforts getting Beerhouse on Long to where it is today.
Team Beerhouse jumped on a bus and headed for Stellenbosch. First stop Stellenbrau Brewery the home of Craven Lager and Alumni Ale. We were greeted with much excitement by Jaco and Francios who have been working really hard supplying us with the beer. A very insightful brewery tour was followed by lunch and then a tasting in there built for purpose tap room. They only have two products at the moment with others in the pipe line. They are steadfast in there mantra to deliver consistent flavoursome beer. The brewery was full of activity when we visited which is not always the case when you visit a brewery as they usually done by midday. He managed to witness them carbonating the beer and then filtering the yeast.
The guys at Stellenbrau provided us with lunch and were fantastic hosts. A better start to our adventure in Beerland could not be asked for. Back on the bus and over the mountains to Grabouw to the land of apples and pears.
William Everson founder of Everson’s Cider was awaiting our arrival and led our bus to where his five different apples get crushed. It was quite a site seeing all those apples rumbling along the escalator on there way to been crushed into delicious apple juice. The team got to taste the apple juice straight from the press. With out a doubt the best apple juice ever tasted. Majority of the staff were stunned to see that the juice was in fact green and cloudy rather than amber. It seems to be testament to our up brining with apple juice been associated with a amber concentrate rather than fresh cloudy goodness.
William is really passionate about his family business. An accomplished wine maker who is versed in the magic of yeast. He ferments his cider in a cold room in Grabouw right next to where the apples are pressed. He has two great products Apple and Pear ciders. His Pear cider will soon be on our Summer menu on tap. Drinking this stuff on our sunny balcony is going to be a treat.
William has been working on a few limited addition products which he might bring into his core range. We had the privilege of tasting his single varietal cider fermented with champagne yeast. Pink lady cider with the evanescence of a champagne. Our favourite was his brandy casked aged cider. A complex cider like no other on our shores. William was all to happy to load us up with cider for our next journey down the other side of the mountain to Botriver.
Our next stop was eagerly anticipated as their beer very seldom makes its way to Cape Town. Mark and Analize are a husband and wife team that are making some of the best beers in SA. They produce very small batch brews and usually are found of Belgian styles. We were treated to a tasting of four of there beers. The wit, saison, IPA and blonde were all very accomplished and have quickly become favourites of the team. The brewery is set on a beautiful small holding overlooking the valley. Surely one of the best views to drink beer right next to a brewery. They dont often deliver to Cape Town so we took full advantage of our 38 seater bus and stock up for our return to Cape Town. Well done team! Great day in Beerland many more to come. Stay Thirsty Stay Curious!