An Open Letter from an Average Boring Beer Drinker

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Dear Beer Snobs

All that sophistication and it takes a drinker of ‘affordable domestics’ to tell you this: we were never really friends. At best we were passing acquaintances, most likely as I was passing you on my way to kick someone’s ass, and you were headed back to your Bumfluff of the Transcendent Unicorn IPA.


It’s true that we were all in the same boat in college, but you got soft and jumped ship. You traded in your wife beater for a polo neck, and started using phrases like ‘a ballet of hops dancing on a malt stage’. You betrayed your budbrothers, and like a Judas goat you expect us to follow you and your trendy, micro-brewing shepherd.

I say this to you now: Never!

Never will we sacrifice the ability to drunkenly buy vast amounts of fried chicken at 3am because we’ve spent that money on craft beer! Never will we be confused about the contents of the bottle in front of us, or pretend to care about the supposed difference between this bottle of APA and that bottle of IPA! Never will any beer we drink make us feel like we’re licking a skunk’s butt! And never, absolutely never will we talk about beer like we’re discussing a Broadway musical!

You see my dear ex-acquaintance, you’ve missed the point. New And Better has only ever promised you wonders and delivered dog turds. New And Better brought you Enron, the Gulf of Mexico and Batman and Robin. Yes We Can? No. In reality, you can’t.

Average And Boring, on the other hand, is safe. You know where you are when you’re downing your seventh Heineken, and you can feel confident that your beer breath is a known and socially accepted quantity. Drinking craft beer all night might give you a pleasant buzz, or it might have you straining not to explosively shart your pants as you search in vain for the women that have forsaken you and the stench of tripled-hopped fermentation that clings to you like the foul-smelling ghost of good times past.

But we can fight our corners like they’re on opposite sides of the West Bank all night long. The truth is that an eye for an eye leaves the whole world blind. (Except for the last guy with one eye. He’d probably just run away from all the angry blind people.) I’d rather remember the good times, when you ran with the wolves instead of pissing like a puppy.

Remember how we used to shotgun a sixpack each, and then tactically vomit so that we could shotgun the next one quicker? Remember when bottles of beer were just bottles of beer, and we could watch the game without worrying about which particular bottle we were actually drinking? Those were the days when we drank beer without really tasting it, without caring how it was made and without wondering if there was a better beer out there somewhere. Because that, dear Beer Snob, is your fate. You’re stuck in the future, driven by a yearning for that monstrous, Perfect Beer mirage – and forever coming up short.

And us? We’re here, now, kicking back and glugging our affordable domestics with our mates. I’d say you’re welcome, but I’d be lying.


An Average Boring Beer Drinker


Meet Red Sky Brew at Beerhouse on Long in June

Beerhouse’s Meet The Brewers events represent the forefront of beer and food pairing. Red Sky Brew joins us for a second time with some exciting new beers. Mark Goldsworthy is an extremely talented winemaker who has turned from the dark side to the light, and is now making a range of great beers, including the impressive Vampire Robust Porter. Mark will take us through the logic of their brewing process, as you sample some of their brews, accompanied by our gourmet food pairings prepared specifically to compliment, contrast and cut Red Sky’s range. If you like eating great food and drinking awesome local beer then you need to be here – get your tickets below, or click on the poster.


Beerhouse Fourways Explorer Graduates

We are proud to announce our very first graduate class of Explorers at Beerhouse Fourways. Following hard on the heels of their colleagues at Beerhouse on Long – who passed the test last month – this group of Navigators has completed a three-month training course on the brewing process, core ingredients, beer styles and our service manual The Beerlovers Journey.

To gain the badge, Explorers have to prove they can navigate Beerlovers through Beerland by providing excellent attentive service and having strong product knowledge. The eight graduates (from left to right) are Khosi, Lucky, Godfrey, Frank, (a proud trainer – me), Patience, Max, Duncan and Leslie. We are proud of their achievement and are confident they are the best-trained beer servers in South Africa. The next step for the Explorers is to gain their Hop Head badges. To become a Hop Head, Explorers must be the masters of all things beer, and more importantly, start to teach others about the wonders of Beerland.

As we continue to educate and train these and our other talented and enthusiastic staff to industry-leading standards, we’re encouraging the public to join us: our weekly Beer School for Navigators will be open to public on Monday evenings with free training and beer tasting.

Fourways Explorer graduates