Yeastie magic beastie
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Yeast plays the major roll in the miracle of beer.Read more:
Hello Little Weed
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Old World Beer – How is your Wort?
If you read my last articles you now know that beer is brewed from grain, predominantly barley, and that fresh water is in fact very old.Read more:
South African Beer Culture
Today we are officially starting the South African Beer Culture and every day hence is Beer Culture day!Read more:
What is Beer?
It is amazing, when considering the volume of beer consumed in South Africa, that so few of us know what beer is.Read more:
We have to move with great determination because globally we’ve been left behind.
First of all, what is a Beer Culture? It is a constant celebration of life and bringing back the tradition and the magic of beer in all its glorious styles.
Belgium has a beer culture! Belgium is about a fortieth of the size of South Africa and boasts well over 100 breweries - each one producing its own range of beers. All the styles available to satisfy the most adventurous of drinkers, sorry, I should have said connoisseurs. The Trappists, Lambics, Weizens, White Beers, Brown and Red Ales and, of course, the Pilsner styles. Why do tourists go to Belgium? Well, some are lost or en route to France, Holland or Germany. The rest are there for the beer! They bring home stories of how the bar staff and locals in pubs seize every opportunity to extol the virtues of their local brewery and are fiercely proud of local beers. Not some bored monosome with his bloody cap on backwards, who only stops chewing for long enough to look up and ask, “What do you want?” That may sound harsh but we’ve all experienced it at one time or another.
Then, let’s look at America – a world leader in beer culture. In the 70’s America was known for its pale anemic lagers - bland beers that relied on marketing muscle to crush all in their path. Wow! Have things changed? The independent and microbreweries now brew a bewildering range of beers, and every year new brewers join the ranks to add even more colour to beer’s grand pageant.
Now, let’s look at South Africa - apart from the big guys, who is there? In alphabetical order there are:
Bavaria Brau in Midrand; Boston Brewery, Cape Town; Drayman’s Brewery, Pretoria; Farmers Brewery, Hattinghspruit; Gilroy’s Brewery, West Rand; Hops Hollow in Lydenburg, Mitchells in Knysna and Cape Town; Nottingham Road in the Natal Midlands, Paulaner in Cape Town and my mate Dirk van Tonder at Perry’s Bridge Beer Company in Hazyview. So, that’s a pretty good start.
The best way to start the year is to go on a little brewery tour, and the smaller breweries offer really good tours. In Gauteng try Bavaria Brau – ask for Jenny at 012 661-9233 or Drayman’s – call Moritz at 012 804-8800. If you want to explore the old ways of brewing and need a good laugh, try Gilroy’s legendary brewery tours! So, give us a call and Jenny, Moritz or I will show you how it’s done. Expect to drink a lot of beer, so a designated driver is a very good idea.
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The premium dark ale - Gilroy Serious
A rich, strong ale for the serious drinker. The amber and dark malts yields a dark warm claret colour to Gilroy Serious. This is extremely well made and easy to drink. A rare handcrafted masterpiece from the southern hemisphere.
B J Lankwarden, SA Beer Drinkers Guide Rating: NINE
Gilroy Traditional is a Ruby Ale.
Our classic ruby ale - a magnificent explosion of flavours on the tongue. Great rustic flavour in the traditional way. A beer to come home to. Handcrafted red ale, elegantly rustic, a thing of beauty and a joy forever.
B J Lankwarden, SA Beer Drinkers Guide Rating: EIGHT
Favourite is Gilroy's pale ale.
A superb light ale brewed with paler - golden and amber - malts, and Gilroy's own yeast. This beer is well bodied, easy to drink - a session beer with a well-balanced finish. Underlying flavours of round summer fruits and slightly caramelised honey.
BJ Lankwarden, SA Beer Drinkers Guide Rating: SEVEN
This lager is a European type Lager.
The Gilroy Lager is brewed to the Rheinheitsgebot - using Czeck Saaz and German Halletau hops and Gilroy's wonderful lager yeast, matured for 8 weeks. A well balanced, flavoursome naturally carbonated lager.
A session beer which fills the mouth with great body and a long finish.