It’s gin o’clock

From Australia to the UK, craft gins have become the hottest bottle behind the bar and local distillers have been quick to catch onto the trend: in the wake of the craft beer revolution, burnished copper potstills across SA are bubbling away as distillers dabble in small-batch gins.

Like wine, craft gins are increasingly showing their “terroir”, as African botanicals are blended into the traditional mix of juniper, citrus and herbs.

Perhaps the most interesting examples come from the Western Cape, where fynbos flavours loom large, with distillers using everything from buchu to kapokbos and honey…
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It’s gin o’clock

Tsikwe Molobye: SA’s prince of craft beer

Over the past few years, South Africa has seen what could easily be termed a ‘craft beer revolution’, with more beer consumers looking to explore further than the regular lager brands many of us are used to.

While many may have enjoyed making their own beers in their kitchens or garages as a hobby, others have leveraged on this growing demand in the country by turning their beer-making hobby into a business.

One person who has made this a success is Tsikwe Molobye (31), founder and head brewer of Stimela Brewing Co. With almost two years into the business, Stimela has seen massive…
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Tsikwe Molobye: SA’s prince of craft beer

5 craft beer spots around SA

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If you’re in search of a festive pint, here’s our list of great places to quench your thirst for good craft beer.

1. Stanley Beer Yard
Head to Stanley Beer Yard at 44 Stanley in Jo’burg where you can sink into a leather couch while enjoying craft beer or boutique wines amidst the eclectic decor. Alternatively, enjoy the warm weather beneath the olive trees while snacking on delish food such as pregos, mussels in a tequila white wine sauce, and cheese boards.

2. Capital Craft Beer Academy
Situated in Menlo Park, Pretoria, this establishment prides itself…
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Craft Beer, Food and Wine Fair

Local and international craft beer will be on sale. Image by Ryan James/Darling Lama Productions.

Local and international craft beer will be on sale. Image by Ryan James/Darling Lama Productions.

The Craft Beer, Food and Wine Fair is the perfect combination of craft beer, good wine and delicious gourmet food. This event offers the perfect Jozi day out for the entire family. The fair will take place on the 1st of August at the Helderfontein Estate in Midrand.

Craft-beer tasting is a highlight, with the major focus being on…
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