Since the start of the national lock-down in South African we were forced to close and lay-off all staff, as no restaurant is allowed to open or sell hot food. When and how we will be allowed to reopen with delivery operations or what the future for restaurants and bars holds remains to be seen, putting many people out of work and the hunger crisis growing. Beerhouse has taken the firm stance that we will not go down without a fight. We WILL open again to serve the thirsty the widest variety of beer under one roof again.
In the meantime, we simply cannot stand by while our communities and staff grow desperate and hungry.
Creating an operational Soup Kitchen
As of Tuesday, 21st April 2020, we have turned our kitchen into an operational soup kitchen. We are calling our staff in two at a time on a rotation to earn a daily cash wage and take some food home to feed their families.
The food that we are making is being donated to Ladles of Love. Every Monday and Thursday we are making between 400 – 600 liters of soup that gets picked up by The Hebron Project that distributes it in the Ocean View community near Kommetjie, Cape Town.
Thus far Beerhouse has partnered with Tygerberg Hills Lions club to help raise the starting funds to get this project off the ground.
A special thank you to all of our donors thus far:
Tygerberg Hills Lions – R3 000
Merriman Lions – R600 & 420L of frozen prepackaged meals
Sgt. Pepper – 5kg of springbok meat
Onomo Hotel – 100 pieces of chicken 1/4, veggies and fruit
Just Us Productions – R1 000
Food Lovers Market N1 City Value Center – 10% discounted on food we bought (value of R430 discount)
Elke Stanglow-Jorberg – R1 000
Helen Martin Clark – R1 000
Max Hutchinson – R5 000
As a result of these donations we are able to keep our kitchen operational for a week to produce a minimum of 100L (200 meals) of soup per day, but we want to be able to do more and longer!
How can you help?
There are two ways that you can support our kitchen:
1. Cash Donations
Donate via our #YellowFund on BackaBuddy, we will use this money to pay the staff who are working each day, support staff in need and other operational costs of running a soup kitchen (kitchen gas, petrol, cleaning products, etc)
2. Food Donations
Grains, vegetables, meat, spices, etc. These food donations can be dropped off at Beerhouse on Long, 219 Long Street, Cape Town CBD, Monday – Friday 8 am – 2pm. We will also accept any other donation that can be used in food parcels, hygiene parcels, etc.
3. Equipment Donations
20L – 50L containers to transport food from Beerhouse to Ladles of Love
50L – 100L cooking pots
Gloves & cleaning chemicals (also operational expenses)
You can email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 083 503 5118 to find out more about how you can get involved.
Since we are all stuck in lock-down the team at Beerhouse would like to invite you to some of our lock-down online events.
ONLINE PUB QUIZ
Join us every Tuesday with the OMG Quiz Nights team for a FREE general knowledge pub quiz via zoom. Follow their event for more information by clicking this link.
Virtual Comedy Club
Since you can’t come to us we are bringing our Comedy Club to you!
Login to your Instagram account, follow us at @BEERHOUSEsa
or follow this link: https://www.instagram.com/beerhousesa/
We will be going LIVE from our Instagram account EVERY Wednesday at 6pm.
Kolping Mbumba Comedy has a new line up for us each week!
Virtual Meet The Brewers
Join us every Thursday at 8pm via Facebook Live on Beerhouse for Head Dreamer Randolf Jorberg and various brewers from your favourite breweries talking all things beer.
See our Facebook pages to see who we are talking to each week.
Our first event is this Drifter on FRIDAY, due to scheduling issues.
Online Beer Yoga
Had a long week in lockdown?
Join the Beerhouse & Mzansi School of Yoga crew for BEER YOGA.
Zoom link: https://zoom.us/j/677411747
Meeting ID: 677 411 747
All you need is a wifi connection and a beer..or two (or drink of your choice).
Our epic yoga instructor will take you through a beginners class of BEER-centric yoga.
Each class will be about 1 hour long and will be every Friday at 6:15pm.
Not sure what beer yoga is? Watch this link to get an idea: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KoDvXcTgTl4
Looking for other yoga classes to do while in lockdown?
Booking Link: https://bookamat.co/register/client/mzansi-school-of-yogic-arts
Since the coronavirus has broken in South African and the President announced the Nationwide lockdown on Monday, 23rd March, we have had to temporarily lay off over 80 staff.
We are calling on all of our supporters far and wide to help us to raise money so that our staff have a chance to support their families during the lockdown times
Find our BackaBuddy campaign here
The restaurant industry, like many industries, is under distress and the team at the BEERHOUSE is extremely motivated to ensure that we survive these unprecedented times.
We have paid all of our staff up until the end of March 2020, however due to the nature of this business if we do not make turnover there is no reserves to help support the 80+ employees that were on our payroll (our goal is to retain all of our staff and give ALL of them their jobs back as soon as we are able to trade without restrictions).
100% of the profits from this fundraiser will be given to our staff to help them through these times where they won’t be earning any money.
Beerhouse has applied for the UIF relief schemes to help support the staff. However, we know this process will take time before our staff will see any money from the government.
This money is incredibility essential for our staffs’ survival. They will be able to feed and look after their families during these uncertain times.
We do not know how long the lockdown will last and we want to make sure that we are doing everything we can to look after our staff who live from hand to mouth.
100% of the profits raised will be divided up between the staff within their tax threshold.
We have three types of staff: hourly paid, fixed salary and HQ salary.
Each of these divisions has a maximum cap that they are allowed to receive. Our main aim is to support the bulk of the staff that are hourly paid as they are the majority of the staff compliment.
We have some exciting updates on our new store Beerhouse Tygervalley in Cape Town’s Northern Suburbs.
If you have been following us two months ago we launched our first public crowdfunding campaign, where you can own shares into Beerhouse Tygervalley. Not only will you own a piece of this business but you will benefit from the profits as well.
Since then we have had some challenges as a business with the relocation of Beerhouse Fourways based in Sandton Johannesburg pulling our focus from this campaign.
As a team we are working hard to reopen a store in the Gauteng area as soon as December 2019!
We now have 30 days left of our crowdfunding campaign with 116 investors and with a little more than half way to go to reach our target of R3 million.
If you are interested in investing into Beerhouse Tygervalley click HERE.
So what has been happening with Beerhouse Tygervalley?
Construction started mid August and our new home is starting to come together.
Here are some photos of construction thus far:
Majority of the building has been completed, now we need to fit our kitchen and bar equipment. The shop fitters are busy reworking furniture and all the beautiful features you can find in each of our Beerhouses and the electricians will work their magic.
We will be updating more photos on our Facebook page as the renovations continues.
Site progress viewing – Tuesday, 24th September @ 3pm – 6pm
Opening Party with Jimmy Nevis – Saturday, 26th October
Halloween Silent Disco party – Thursday, 31st October
We are happy to share all 2019 medal winners of the South African National Beer Trophy. At the award ceremony at BEERHOUSE Cape Town the Best of Show award went to Afro Caribbean Brewing Co – Jungle Paradise
Best of Show: Afro Caribbean – Jungle Paradise
Best Wheat Beer: Darling Brew – Pixie Dust
Best Light Beer: Zwakala – Limpopo Lager
Best Dark Beer: Cape Brewing Company – Doppelbock
People’s Choice Award: ABInBev – Carling Black Label
The Kennel Brewery – Alesation
The Italian Job Brewery – IPA (Forza)
The Franschhoek Beer Co. – The Stout
Stellenbosch Brewing Co. – Born Free Pale Ale
Shields indie Brewing Company – White Falcon American Wheat Beer
Sabie Brewery Company – Shangaan Stout
Old Potter’s Brewhouse – Cityslicker
Old Potter’s Brewhouse – My China
Mad Giant – Urban Legend
Hoghouse Brewing Co. – Roadhog Porter
Devil’s Peak Brewing Company – Devil’s Peak Lager
Cederberg Brewery – Voetsek IPA
ABlnBev – Castle Milk Stout
Zwakala – Moringa Ale
Valley Breweries (Pty)LTD – 783 Pale Ale
Triggerfish Brewery (Pty) Ltd – Monsterfish
The Italian Job Brewery – Amber Ale (Amore)
The Italian Job Brewery – Dark Lager (Gioia)
The Italian Job Brewery – Weiss (Amicizia)
The Franschhoek Beer Co. – Three Oaks
The Franschhoek Beer Co. – La Saison
The Franschhoek Beer Co. – The Stout – Barrel aged 750ml
Table 58 Brewing – No 5 IPA
St Francis Brewing Company – St Francis Wildside IPA
Sabie Brewery Company – Long Tom Lager (Dunkel)
Riot Beer – Valve IPA
Riot Beer – Vintage 005
Pot & Scot Craft Brewing – Spice of Life Belgian Pale Ale
Poison City Brewing – Durban Poison Cannabis Lager
Newlands Spring Brewing Company – Jacobs Pale Ale
Mad Giant – Super Session
Mad Giant – Killer Hop
Kings Craft Brewing Co. – Monks Brew
Jack Black Brewing Company – Skeleton coast IPA
Jack Black Brewing Company – Atlantic weiss
Jack Black Brewing Company – Lumberjack Amber Ale
Jack Black Brewing Company – Butcher Block Pale Ale
Hoghouse Brewing Co. – Worthog Indian Pale Ale
Hoghouse Brewing Co. – Haybale Saison
Hoghouse Brewing Co. – Hogtale African Pale Ale
Hey Joe Brewery Company – Saison
Hey Joe Brewery Company – Belgian Lager
Hey Joe Brewery Company – Witbier
Hey Joe Brewery Company – Blonde
Hermanus Micro Brewery(PTY) LTD – Hermanus Pale Ale
Frasers Folly Craft Beer – Brandy Cask Finished Ale 2018
Drifter Brewing Company – Scallywag IPA
Drifter Brewing Company – El Capitan Mexican Lager
Devil’s Peak Brewing Company – Devil’s Peak Kings Blockhouse IPA
Devil’s Peak Brewing Company – Devil’s Peak Brewing Company
Colab Entry (frontier Beer Co.) – The Haymaker- Round 2
Cederberg Brewery – Boggom Blonder Ale
Cederberg Brewery – Original Lager
Cape Brewing Company – Amber Weiss
Cape Brewing Company – Pilsner
Brewhaha Jbay – Stormy Seas
Brewhaha Jbay – Endless Summer
Brauhaus am Damm – Brauhaus Marzen
ABlnBev – Lion Lager
As in the last 2 previous years Beerhouse organised the ‘People’s Choice Award’ and for a third year running the winner is Zamalek, old SAB’s Carling Black Label, showing what marketing and market share do to customer’s perception and how much work is still ahead for the craft beer movement to turn into a mass-market product. All other medals were rated by certified beer judges and sommeliers with a final best of show tasting where beers where judged for subjective ‘drinkability’