Articles by Steve

Yeastie magic beastie

We finish the journey from grain to glass.
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Yeast

Yeast plays the major roll in the miracle of beer.
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Hello Little Weed

Hello again, thank you for joining me on the miraculous journey from grain to glass.  
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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.
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South African Beer Culture

Today we are officially starting the South African Beer Culture and every day hence is Beer Culture day!
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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.
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There is no beer culture; everyone knows that wine is merely fermented fruit juice - but, "What is Beer?"

The short answer is beer is the collective term for any alcoholic beverage brewed from fermented grain.

The noble beer has a recorded history of over 5000 years. Clay tablets written by the Sumarians, in the area now known as Iraq, make mention of 20 varieties of beer and also many recipes for dishes cooked with beer. The Egyptians used beer as a health food and the Ebers Papyrus - one of the oldest surviving works on medicine – features beer in many remedies.

The most important grain for brewing beer is, and has been for many centuries, barley. The journey from barley grain to beer is both long and complex. The process starts with the threshing or collecting of the grain that then goes to the maltster. The maltster’s job is as important as the brewer’s. Here, the maltster takes the raw grain and by spraying the grain with water stimulates the germination process. As the grain comes to life the acrospire, or the shoot, begins to grow up the length of the grain. During this process the little grain converts to starch. It is this starch that feeds the plant until its roots are able to feed from the ground. Starch at a molecular level is like a long strand of sugars joined up together. It is this starch that the brewer uses to create the fermentable sugars.

Real brewers would never dream of adding contrived sugars to their beer. The maltster then kilns or bakes the grain, this process stops the germination. The different degrees of heat and the methods used by the maltster determine the type of malt grain produced. From the lighter kilned lager malts through the pale, amber, chocolate and black malts this process offers the brewer his choice of flavour, colour and malt aroma. Quite simply, the better the malt, the better the beer. You can’t make a silk purse from a sow’s ear – it’s an Irish thing! At Gilroy’s Brewery I only use the best malts available both local and imported to brew our beers.

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Operating Times

Tooting Tuesdays:
11h00 - 18h00. .... only the Pub is open
Wednesday:
11h00 – 22h00 (Kitchen closes 21h00)
Thursday:
11h00 – 22h00 (Kitchen closes 21h00)
Friday:
11h00 – 23h00 (Kitchen closes 22h00)
Saturday:
11h30 – 23h00 (Kitchen closes 22h00)
Sunday:
11h00 – 18h00 (Kitchen closes 16h30)
Monday
Closed.
We need a rest to stay young & lovely!

Gilroy Serious

Gilroy Serious

 

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

Gilroy Traditional

 

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

Gilroy Favourite

Gilroy Favourite

 

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

Gilroy Lager

Gilroy Lager

 

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.

Weekly Update

Every week Steve is inspired to craft the finest Ode extolling his beer.  Sometimes he takes the long way through politics, current events or just ambles about. Generally its begins and ends with beer.   

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music live every weekend at gilroy beer garden

Live entertainment: Saturdays & Sundays.

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The Legend of the Gauntlet

 

Every tour of the Gilroy Brewery includes a recounting of the great and famous Legend of the Gauntlet. Every tour ends with the traditional salute!  Read about this fine tradition.

And of course the Ode to the Raised Middle Finger may be inspiring too!

Good beer....good food!

Appetite teaser. We highlight some of our favourite favourites...

Venison Carpaccio; Chorizo Toast; Irish Pub Style Potato Skins

Ploughman's Platter; Beer Batter Fish & Chips; Gammon Steak with Mash & Sauerkraut; Beef & Onion Pie; Sweet Chilli Chicken Wraps; Vegetarian Wrap

Create your own nibbling basket - Chips, Ribs, Crumbed Prawns, Halloumi

Sweet endings - Apple Crumble Tart; Black Forest Gateaux, Cape Malva

Children's Menu includes Fish Fingers & Chips; Cheese Burger; Macaroni & Cheese.