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Stuck for ideas this year? We count down seven of the best gifts for your beer-loving friends and family. (Provided they’re over the age of 18, of course!)
Thanks to the craft-beer explosion in South Africa in recent times, there’s a wide range of different beer styles to try, with most liquor outlets catering to this demand. If you prefer to do online shopping, browse YuppieChef or head out to your nearest outlet. If you’re confused by the many options, Danie Odendaal, SAB’s Brewing Consultant, recommends the following:
Agar’s Tomahawk IPA, Agar’s Jozi Blond, Agar’s American Pale Ale, The Keghouse Brewery Pale Ale, The Keghouse Brewery Chilli-Chocolate Stout, The Keghouse Brewery Belgian Wit, Copperlake IPA, Copperlake Dark Lager, Brauhaus am Damm Farmers Draught, Mad Giant True Grit Amber Ale, Mad Giant Killer Hop Pale Ale, Two Okes Stout, Devil’s Peak Blockhouse IPA, Stellenbrau Weiss and CBC Amber Weiss are the bestselling beer labels at Norman Goodfellows in Illovo, which can be reached at 011 788 4814.
In Cape Town:
Woodstock Brewery Californicator IPA, CBC Amber Weiss, CBC Pilsner, Citizen Alliance Amber Ale, Darling Brew Slow Beer and Jack Black Lager are all popular beer labels sold at Roeland Liquors, which can be reached at 021 461 6397. A brand only found in Cape Town, the Newlands Spring Brewery Co., makes beers with the mountain’s fresh spring water.
Alternatively, find out when the next beer festival is happening in your city and buy a pair of tickets so you can enjoy trying out new beers together. Take a look at www.quicket.co.za or www.webtickets.co.za.
Or order a personalised six pack of Castle Lager for your beer-loving spouse or mate from Netflorist. Various other product options are also available, including a bulk hamper and bring-and-braai hamper. Order here. (Note that orders close 15 December 2016.)
Price: Between R250 – R600 (excluding delivery fee)
For brand-loyal beer drinkers who already have glassware and bottle openers, the SAB World of Beer has a variety of fun, branded items. Choose from Flying Fish sunglasses with UV protection for R40 each, a Castle Lager three-piece braai set with wood and stainless steel finishes for R115, a Carling Black Label watch for R150, or a Castle Milk Stout flat cap for R75. (A nationwide delivery fee of R30 applies per item.) For more branded merchandise, contact SAB World of Beer at 011 836 4900 or visit www.worldofbeer.co.za. Orders close on 15 December 2016.
Do you have a spouse or friend who always wears the funkiest T-shirts? Head to www.beershirts.co.za to buy them a fun addition to their collection.
Price: R150 per T-shirt, plus delivery fee of R85 per order.
For those serious about brushing up on their beer knowledge, Beer Safari by Lucy Corne is the perfect gift. Better known as the Brew Mistress, Lucy documents her visit to 100 South African breweries in the book, telling their story and sharing insight into their beers. The book also acts as your own personal beer travel guide with space for you to write your own tasting notes as well collect the brewers’ signatures. Find it on YuppieChef.
Price: R249 each (free delivery)
For all the keen cooks, The Craft Beer Bites Cookbook has taken a hundred classic pub ‘n grub recipes and reinvented them using beer as an ingredient. From Hawaiian pulled-pork sliders to chocolate-stout cupcakes, there’s something for everyone’s palate in this recipe book. Find it on Mantality.
Price: R349 each
Does your spouse or friend want to learn how to brew his or her own beer? Send them back to school – beer school, that is.
Beer Lab runs a beer school for beginners who want to start brewing their own beer at home but need some guidance to get started. Classes are hands-on and each student will brew their own batch of beer to take home at the end of the session to ferment and bottle. For more information, visit www.beerlab.co.za/pages/beerschool. (Vouchers for the beer school can also be purchased online.)
Price: R875 per person
The Beer Keg has its own home-brew school that runs once a month. You brew your own batch and come back a few weeks later to collect your bottled beer once it has fermented. Keep an eye on the website for 2017 dates and bookings: www.thebeerkeg.co.za/catalog/beer-school.html.
Price: R375 per person
For those who are already home brewers, The Beer Pantry is a one-stop-shop for every gadget you can imagine to make your own brew. You can pick up great stocking fillers like brewing equipment and ingredients pre-packed for the beer style you want to brew. From boilers and fermentation buckets to bottle cappers and bottle caps, find it all via www.thebeerpantry.co.za – and they deliver.