All posts by Caroline McLagan

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Our chat with La Trappe Trappist Brewery

In preparation for the upcoming Capital Craft Festival we chatted to 3 of the featured international brewers whose beers will be on show. This is our chat with the monks from the La Trappe Trappist Brewery.

Your website says one key ingredient to your beers is tranquility – so does this mean beer has a role in helping world peace?

World peace starts with each individual. If a person is in balance and harmony with himself peace is apparent. Silence and tranquility are imperative to reach this state of mind. In the rush hour of our modern life, silence and tranquility may be more valuable than physical possession. Time for yourself, a moment of reflection, is something that we have to consciously search for and create these days. Silence is a rare and curative ingredient that we have to miss too often. There is a monk inside every one of us. Silence is the white between the written lines. Silence starts with attention. La Trappe is beer brewed with integrity but the taste says more than that. If you taste carefully, you will recognize the vital ingredient which is indissolubly related to the monks. Silence.

The general impression would be that being a monk is a calling rather than a career – can the same be said about your brewers?

There are no impediments to become a monk but it`s a calling, a charism, a gift. Brewing is a very specific career choice and you could indeed say it is a calling. Our brewers have been with us for years.

What makes a Trappist beer so unique?

A “Trappist” Ale has to satisfy a number of strict criteria before it may bear this name:

1. The beer must be brewed within the walls of a Trappist monastery, either by the monks themselves or under their supervision.

2. The brewery must be of secondary importance within the monastery and it should witness to the business practices proper to a monastic way of life

3. The brewery is not intended to be a profit-making venture.  The income covers the living expenses of the monks and the maintenance of the buildings and grounds.  Whatever remains is donated to charity for social work and to help persons in need. Pure and honest. And you can taste it.

Where should someone start their Trappist beer journey?

The only place to really start the journey would be at De Koningshoeven brewery and abbey in the Netherlands. As we understand that won`t be possible for everyone we have brought La Trappe to South Africa. Capital Craft Beer festival will be a great introduction to taste our unique Trappist Ales. There will be 4 styles on draught ranging from our Witte Trappist with 5.5%, La Trappe Blond 6.5%, La Trappe Dubbel 7% to our flagship La Trappe Quadrupel at 10% ABV. We`ll be looking forward to meeting you there!

Beer-brewing monks is not something you come across every day, what does an average day look like for a brewery that’s anything but? (What does life look like on a beer-brewing monastery.)

Most of the brewing is these days done by the brewers who work under the supervision of the monks. As per our traditions of monasticism, the monks pray 8 hours a day, work 8 hours a day and sleep 8 hours a day. Our way of life doesn’t allow a full-time dedication to the brewery.

Monks are thought of as being really, really wise. Do you think some of that wisdom has made its way into the beers? Because after a beer or two we come up with some really great ideas.

We believe that our Trappist ales made in an environment of silence and tranquility, brewed with integrity, carries through and will give you a conscious moment for consideration of yourself and others.

What is something the process of brewing has taught you about life?

Attention for what you do! Silence starts with attention. Whatever you give attention, will grow. We pay attention to doing the right thing. Our essence helps us to continuously contemplate the important things in life.

In movies or stories, people always go to the monks for wisdom, so what life advice does La Trappe have for us?

Respect people and your environment. According to the wishes of the Abbey, we deal with everything that God has given us in a careful way. Therefore we have been committed to this for centuries and we`re still committed to do so.

Tell us a bit about La Trappe Blond.

La Trappe Blond is a scintillating golden ale which boasts a rich, fruity and fresh aroma with a light malty and sweet taste. It has a soft bitterness with a friendly aftertaste. A well-balanced blend of complexity and simplicity. We are happy that our dedication and craftsmanship has been recognized at the World Beer Cup awards with a golden medal this year.

Are all the monks hopheads? [Is a love of beer a prerequisite to joining the monastery?]

You could say that the love for beer is something that we share. Our lifestyle and monastic values keeps the balance. The Monks are only allowed to drink one beer every Sunday.

Did you ever imagine that your Trappist beers would be profiled at a Craft Beer Festival in the Capital of South Africa? And what will it take to get you to come and join the next Capital Craft Beer Fest?

It`s a big privilege that La Trappe Trappist will be presented at the Capital Craft Beer Festival. We`re very happy to have the opportunity for south African people to taste our Trappist Ales. As Abbot of the monastery I only travel abroad for the brewery once a year. Maybe South Africa is next…

What’s your beer philosophy summed up in a sentence?

Beer brewed with integrity and patience reflects in the taste.

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We catch up with BrewDog

In preparation for the upcoming Capital Craft Festival we chatted to 3 of the featured international brewers whose beers will be on show. This is our chat with the folk from BrewDog.

You guys said you were bored with the beers on the market before you decided to make your own. What was the tipping point that just made you go, “hell, let’s just do it ourselves?”

Like many craft breweries around the world, the formative years of BrewDog were spent putting the hours in on the homebrew kit. It’s a common theme as without beers you like, what else can you do but make your own? The tipping point to turn a hobby born of necessity into a business came when our co-founders James Watt and Martin Dickie chanced a meeting with legendary beer writer Michael Jackson, and took some homebrew with them. His feedback was simple – “If this is what you can do, I suggest you open a brewery immediately.” So they did!

You’ve definitely made some memorable beers of the years with some great names [Bitch Please, Cocoa Psycho], are there some beers (possibly with weird names) that didn’t quite make it to the final round?

No, not really – if we don’t like something then it doesn’t go out; we have a pilot kit on which to experiment and hone recipes before they ever see the light of day. As the most important thing about our company is the quality of our beer, there are very few that don’t make the final cut. The team in our brewhouse know exactly what works and what doesn’t!

BrewDog has grown into more than just beers, bars are popping up all over the world. What makes a BrewDog bar special? And any plans on opening in SA?

There are two things that make our bars special – the staff that work there and the people who come in to enjoy the beers. The atmosphere in our bars is something we are hugely proud of – our Cicerone-trained barstaff are there to offer advice, guidance and beer and food pairings in a relaxed environment rather than just slinging out beers. And as for South Africa, we have a large and passionate group of fans there amidst a fantastic craft beer scene, so we would love to open a bar if we found the right location – let us know if you see any!

BrewDog is officially the fastest growing drinks company in the UK, what is it about the BrewDog philosophy that resonates with people so much?

That’s a good question – we’ve been the fastest-growing Food & Drinks Company in the UK for the last four years, and it’s all down to the amazing work of the crew in the brewery, bars and across the business. The aim of everyone who punches in each morning at BrewDog is to make other people as passionate about great craft beer as we are – that is our philosophy – and it is represented by the standards we apply to beer quality and how dedicated our team are. It’s great that people can appreciate this, how steadfast and uncompromising we are in everything we do!

You’ve put beer inside a squirrel before, projected some tasteful nudity onto parliament and driven a tank down a main road, and broken some world records while crowd-funding. But what’s been a stand-out highlight for BrewDog?

Our latest round of crowdfunding, no question. Equity for Punks IV closed last month becoming the most successful equity crowdfunding offer in history, raising over £20m. Our legion of Equity Punks now stands at over 42,000 and it is an honour that so many people care about craft beer that they are willing to support us in this way and own a part of our company, so we can continue to change the world of craft beer together. And a responsibility we do not take lightly!

The success of BrewDog has been insane. Did you or did you not get three wishes from a wizard / witch / wise old sage / leprechaun and use one of them to create BrewDog?

Michael Jackson certainly counts as one of those. I don’t think he had magical powers, though…

You’ve got a few beers in your stable that make a statement so, if we were having the in-laws round for dinner, what would be an impressive beer to put out?

It depends what kind of statement you want to make, I guess (and what kind of things they normally drink). With an amazing wine industry in South Africa, let’s say the wonders of the grape float their boat. So maybe bring out our saison Electric India, brewed with peppercorns and heather honey, with citrus from the new world hops and everything lifted by the carbonation – it would be interesting to see what they thought, if they were white wine drinkers!

Ok, Tinder date goes well. We go back home, time for a drink. What beer in the fridge says, “I lead a rich and interesting life”?

I would hope my sparkling conversation had convinced you of that before we got to that stage! But a classic, refined Belgian lambic would hopefully continue that vibe – unless you didn’t like sour beers, in which case it would end the date pretty quickly.

You’ve said before you want people to drink what you would drink yourself. What’s your go-to Brew?

Classic, refined Belgian lambic (I have a fridge full of them…). Oh and Sierra Nevada Pale Ale – the beer that convinced me there was an alternative to mass produced lager and still tastes amazing almost 35 years after it was first brewed. It’s a world-class beer, a piece of history and an astonishing achievement, all in one.

If BrewDog is only remembered for one thing 100 years from now – what would you like it to be?

I would hope we are still brewing, but if not, it would be cool to be known as one of the breweries that tried hard and tipped the balance of public opinion about beer, that it is something to be enjoyed and savoured, not chugged.

Did you ever imagine that your iconoclastic beers would be profiled at a Craft Beer Festival in the Capital of South Africa? And what will it take to get you to come and join the next Capital Craft Beer Fest?

I’m sure James and Martin didn’t imagine their beers would end up in South Africa when they started out. But that’s the great thing about craft beer – it is a movement spreading all over the world and finding a home wherever people want to discover something with more flavor than what they are told from watching adverts!

You guys don’t take the easy route. What’s been your most ambitious project to date?

That Tinder date we went on. By a mile.

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We discuss lambic beers with the Lindemans family

In preparation for the upcoming Capital Craft Festival we chatted to 3 of the featured international brewers whose beers will be on show. This is our chat with the folk from Lindemans.

Tell us a bit about the history of Lindemans

Our family has owned a farm since the dawn of time. It was to occupy (and refresh) the peasants in the winter that we began our brewing activity. With time and success, our agricultural activities decreased as our brewery developed. Since 1822, six generations of pioneers have succeeded each other at ‘Hof ter Kwade Wegen’, first as farmer-brewers, then – starting in the second half of the 1950s – as just brewers. Under the influence of these six generations of Lindemans, our brewery has become one of the leading producers of lambic in the region and in the world

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What makes the way the Lindemans brew different?

Because we brew beer with an exceptional – and the oldest – method: spontaneous fermentation, also known as natural or wild fermentation. Our valley, at the heart of Pajottenland, a very fertile rural area on the outskirts of Brussels, has the immense advantage of benefiting from exceptional microflora, the air is full of hundreds of characteristic wild yeasts, of which the best known are ‘Brettanomyces Bruxellensis’ and ‘Brettanomyces Lambicus’. These yeasts are unique. They constitute our wealth, what makes us special.

Vlezenbeek must be an incredible place to make beers this good. What do you think it is that makes it so unique?

Because of the wild yeasts in the air like I said in the question above, but besides of that it’s a beautiful village with wonderful people.

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Lambic beers are complex, they’re not everybody’s first choice when it comes to beer. Any pointers on learning to love a Lambic?

Lambic is so complex because it contains 80 different kind of yeasts. It’s a beer for ‘connoisseurs‘. We added fruit to our lambics in order to get it more accessible. And more recently we also added botanicals in our new botanical line.

You’ve launched a gin made with beer distallate, tell us a bit about that.

We made this distilled gins together with craft distillery De Moor, also a high-quality Belgian brand with whom we share the same values. The products of this collaboration are a clear gin and a red gin. Both are made from Old Kriek-based distillate and unite artisan and family traditions They are genuine local products: Lindemans Kriek beer originates from the Pajottenland and is distilled in Aalst. Both gins are double distilled in a copper kettle and hand bottled. The red one is bright red due to the pure sour cherry juice added to the premium distilled gin.

Food and beer go together like the sea and sand. Do you have any great Belgian dishes that pair well with your beers?

A famous Belgian dish is mussels with fries, we strongly recommend you to drink a Lindemans Gueuze Cuvée René with it, it’s heaven! For more dishes and cooking with Lindemans I would like to address you to our newest book ‘Lampas’ it’s about tapas with lambics and created by the best chefs of Belgium.

What would you like people to remmeber the Lindeman family for?

Self-willed, doing our own thing without looking at other breweries. We would like that people remember us as innovating, we might be the oldest beer in the world but that doesn’t mean we are old fashioned, in contrary we are very innovative. Last year we worked together with Mikkeller to make 2 new beers (SpontanBasil and BlossomGueuze). The firsts in a hole row of new botanical beers.

As a family brewer, are there any family members who aren’t that into beer? And if so, can we take their place?

There’s not a chance! I run the brewery together with my cousin Geert and we are both extremely passionate about beer.

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Lindemans has been around for a year or two to say the least, what do the next 200 years look like for the brewery?

Lindemans has been around for 194 years! My ancestors started the brewery in 1822. Already 6 generations worked in the brewery. For the next 200 years we would like to stay innovative and stay introducing people to the world of sour beers and the mysterious world of lambic and his spontanous fermentations. Keeping offering a unique tasting experience to people they will never forget.

Since we can’t make a tour (the drive would be a nightmare!) can you give us a digital tasting session?

It’s such a complex beer with an unique taste that I highly recommend you to just take that drive through Africa and Europa and experience it yourself! But to give you a glimpse, the old Kriek Cuvée René tastes like beer with a pure cherry flavour that is fresh and pleasantly tart, with a masterful sour-sweet balance. The sweet-sour attack of the stone tannins turns into a sour-sweet finish that lingers for some time. The perfect balance between its sourness and the sweetness of the cherries makes this a refreshing aperitif. In our botanical line we have the SpontanBasil and this one combines the sourness of lambic with the delicious and delicate aromas and flavours of fresh basil. Complex tart and well-balanced taste with a nice crisp, dry and tart finish.

Did you ever imagine that your very unique, wild yeast beers would be profiled at a Craft Beer Festival in the Capital of South Africa? And what will it take to get you to come and join the next Capital Craft Beer Fest?

When you give me the date I would like to come!

Having been brewing for several generations, what do you think your makes your most ancestors proud?

They we have grown so much on such a short time but never forgot our base product, we still produce it as it was more than 500 years ago. And that we made their beer famous for all over the world.

Beef and beer stew with bacon and mushrooms

Beef and beer stew with bacon and mushrooms

If beer is the everyman’s drink, then this is the everyman’s recipe. It can hit the spot just like any cold brew can. So grab two bottles of Darling Brew Silver Back Black Wit, one for you and one for the stew, and get cracking. Here’s how to make this one pot winter warmer.

Beef and beer stew with bacon and mushrooms

Ingredients (serves 6–8):

2 Tbsp canola oil
100g pancetta or bacon
1 onion, roughly chopped
2 carrots, chopped
2 sticks celery, chopped
1kg stewing beef – e.g. chuck
2 Tbsp flour
1 sprig thyme
1 bottle Darling Brew Silver Back Black Wit (and another for you, if you like)
600ml NoMU beef stock
100g mushrooms, sliced

For the mash (serves 4):
6–8 (1–1.2kg) large potatoes, peeled, washed and roughly chopped
100g butter
100ml cream or milk
Hot sauce, garlic paste or tomato paste – we used El Burro hot sauce.

Method

1. Heat the oil in a heavy based saucepan.
2. Fry the pancetta for a few minutes until slightly crispy. Add the onion and cook until soft. Add the carrots, celery and stewing beef and stir thoroughly.
3. Dust with the flour and stir well, add the thyme then slowly pour in the beer.
4. Add the beef stock, cover and cook for 45 minutes to 1 hour, stirring every now and again. Remove the lid, add the mushrooms and allow the pan to simmer uncovered for another 30–40 minutes.
5. For the mash, bring a large saucepan of water to the boil. Add the potatoes and cook for 10–12 minutes until the potatoes fall off the end of a knife when pricked.
6. Remove, drain and return to the pan. Put the pan on a medium heat and shake around for a few minutes – this allows excess moisture to evaporate.
7. Remove from the heat and add the butter, cream or milk and flavouring. Season well with salt and pepper.
8. Mash madly until you have a coarse, chunky mash. Depending on which flavour you choose, stir through a few teaspoons (according to taste) of sauce just before serving. Note that your mash will thicken on standing, so if you’ve made it a little ahead of serving time, just add a splash of milk before serving to loosen up.

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There you have it, beef and beer stew. Serve with a bottle of Darling Brew Silver Back Black Wit or any tasty cold brew you choose and a big bowl of mash.

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Brewers League – Cape Brewing Company

Thirsty to know about real beer? Well, look no further. Our Brewers League series is back and we have been chatting to Wolfgang Koedel, head brewmaster at the Cape Brewing Company, known affectionately to many craft fans as CBC. Here’s a look at the CBC story, a bit about this modern craft beer brewery’s brewing process and a peek into their spot in the winelands.

We bet you’re pretty thirsty now, hey? A Cape Brewing Company brew video will do that for you. Take a look at them here and if you see something you like, we will ship these mighty fine beers directly to your door.

Want to give them all a try? Try our CBC  mixed case and receive a variety of their fine craft beers to taste.

Cheers to a great South African craft beer, made with some German precision. Jawohl. See you next time.

Spanish style chicken, chorizo and pale ale stew

Spanish style chicken, chorizo and pale ale stew

Ah beer. Glorious for not only drinking but cooking too. So grab a bottle of beer. Hang on, don’t drink it. Try this chicken, chorizo and pale ale stew instead. Warm, hearty, Spanish flavours make this dish the best kind of comfort food. Simple yet impressive. We bet even your mother-in-law will love it. Keen to give it a go? Read on.

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Ingredients (serves 46):

68 chicken pieces, with skin on
Salt and freshly ground pepper
Olive oil
1 onion, finely sliced
2 cloves of garlic, crushed
1 Tbsp NoMU Spanish Rub
2 small red peppers, quartered
60g chorizo, sliced thinly
2 bay leaves
4 sprigs thyme
60g black olives, pitted
1 cup Brewdog Dead Pony Club Pale Ale
1 cup good quality chicken stock
Handful of parsley, roughly chopped
Caperberries to garnish

Method:

1. Season the chicken pieces with salt and freshly ground pepper.
2. Heat a little olive oil in a heavy based casserole pot and brown the chicken pieces well or until the skin is golden brown. Remove from the pot and set aside.
3. Heat a little extra olive oil in the same pot and gently saut onions, garlic, Spanish rub, red peppers, chorizo, bay leaves and thyme for about 5 minutes or until onions have browned nicely and the chorizo is beginning to release its oils.
4. Return the chicken pieces to the pot and add olives, pale ale and chicken stock.
5. Season with a little more salt and pepper.
6. Cover pot with the lid and leave to simmer gently for about 1 1 hours or until the chicken is tender and falling off the bone.
7. Garnish with chopped parsley and caperberries.

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Serve immediately with crusty bread to help mop up the sauce and a bottle ofBrewdog Dead Pony Club Pale Ale. Don’t worry, this time it’s for drinking.

gift ideas for valentine's day

Valentine’s Day gift ideas

Love it or hate it, Valentine’s Day is almost upon us once again. The love-struck ones among us traditionally mark this day with heart shaped chocolates and flowers. However, for those of you who rather fancy the more hops and wheaty flora, we’ve got a winning gift list for you. Read on.

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1. Love-themed mixed case

In line with the theme of love in February, we have curated a special Valentine’s Day selection of beer that you can share with your lover or just love by yourself. This may just be the ultimate gift for Valentine’s Day, we reckon.

2. Home brewing kit

You don’t just have to drink beer, you can make it too. A home brewing kit is a solid gift choice for any aspiring brewmaster.

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3. League of Beers Wooden Bottle Opener

A bottle opener could be the most essential item for any beer lover. You can’t go wrong if you gift this stylish, oak bottle opener. Perfect for picnics and parties, it will even float in your bucket of beers.

4. A mixed case of their favourite brewery or beer style

When it comes down to it, there is no better gift than good ‘ol beer. Find out what their favourite type of beer is, or perhaps their favourite brewery and then get them a mixed case. Job done.

5. African Brew book

Even the biggest craft fans have a few gaps in their beer knowledge. The solution? African Brew, a book that will take you on a journey of SA’s micro-breweries and beers.

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6. Mode Fridge Monkey

Keep your beers organised with the Mode Fridge Monkey. Chilled beer and more shelf space? Now that’s a fridge to fall in love with.

7. Riedel Ouverture Beer Glasses

Good beer deserves a good glass. Enjoy your selection with your partner or friend in a high quality set of Riedel Ouverture Glasses. Prost.

8. Beer of the Month Club

If you really want to show your love on an on-going basis, why not ensure your partner gets twelve curated beers every month with the Beer of the Month Club. An ideal gift for any craft connoisseur.

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Whether it is a gift for yourself or a fellow craft aficionado, we hope this list has eased your Valentine’s Day gifting woes. Did we miss something on your Valentine’s wish list? Let us know.

Craft beer at the Clarens Beer festival

The Clarens Craft Beer Festival

Grab your best beer-drinking shoes and get ready to toast SA’s rare and top brews at the Clarens Craft Beer Festival on Friday 21st and Saturday 22nd February. This festival offers beer lovers the chance to sample a variety of beers within a few footsteps of each other. Use this time to drink in the festivities, discover new beers, expand your palate and hang out with like-minded beer folk. Sound like a plan? Here are the details.

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Brewers to look out for

The Clarens Craft Beer Festival will feature some of South Africa’s finest micro-brewed beers. Check out some of the breweries that will be in attendance:

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Activities and entertainment

A variety of gourmet food stalls, live music entertainment, as well as a kids play area make this a festival that adults and kids alike can enjoy. The Friday concert is set to be a festival highlight with top local artists such as Matthew Mole, Van Smith, Slipstream and Rooibaardt performing. The town of Clarens itself is a hidden South African gem, making a trip to the Clarens Craft Beer Festival equally awesome for the non-drinkers in your party.

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Time, dates and tickets

The Clarens Craft Beer Festival is set for Friday the 21st and Saturday the 22nd of February this year at Clarens Village Square in Clarens, Eastern Free State. Head this way to book your tickets for the festival. Tickets include a free Clarens Beer Festival Glass. Book now and you can save, tickets are more expensive at the door.

Whether you are a thirsty traveller or a local beer lover, head over to the Clarens Craft Beer Festival for some hand crafted brews, gourmet food and live entertainment.

We’ll be there sourcing great new craft brews to bring to you, so pop over and raise a glass with us.

Ribs and sticky plum sauce

Sticky ribs marinaded with beer

Sticky ribs and beer is about as close as one can come to an ideal meal. This sticky plum sauce and beer marinade is a great compliment for the ribs. Enjoy with a tall glass of Devil’s Peak King’s Block House IPA and you can’t go wrong.

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Ingredients (serves 4):

For the ribs

1.5kg pork spare ribs
1 onion, quartered
2 bay leaves
2 carrots, roughly chopped
1 celery stick, roughly chopped

For the marinade

1 bottle of Clarks Original Sticky Plum Sauce
½ cup (125ml) of Devil’s Peak King’s Block House IPA
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 sprig rosemary, finely chopped
1 clove garlic, crushed

Method

1. To prepare the ribs, place them in a large pot together with the onion, bay leaves, carrots and celery and cover with water.
2. Bring to a simmer and cook gently for about 1½ hours or until the meat is tender and is almost falling off the bone.
3. Remove ribs from the pot and place in a container and allow to cool.
4. For the marinade, place all marinade ingredients, except salt, into a bowl and mix well to combine.
5. Pour over the ribs and allow to marinade for at least an hour but preferably overnight for best results.
6. To cook the ribs, preheat the oven to 180°C. Place the ribs together with the marinade onto a roasting and roast in the oven for about 20-30 minutes, basting every now and again, until the ribs are sticky and the sauce has reduced slightly.

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Serve immediately with chips, a glass of Devil’s Peak King’s Block House IPA and any extra sauce to dip in.

Thanks to Luisa Farelo for her recipe and styling.

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Craft beer Christmas gift guide

Can’t decide what to give the guy or girl who has everything? Beer, of course. No need for socks, soap on a rope or Old Spice. Give them beer. From the best craft beer on SA shores to books and home brewing kits, we’ve got you covered so whether you are searching for the perfect beer-centric gift or are penning a wish list of your own, here is our craft beer Christmas gift guide.

Craft beer Christmas gift guide

1. Monthly Mixed Case
Including a selection of the finest craft beer available, the Monthly Mixed Case is the perfect gift. In fact, the December Mixed Case is probably our best yet. Start someone off on their beer journey by giving this as a once-off present or sign them up for Beer of the Month Club and they will receive the best craft beer all year round. For anyone who loves beer, surely this is a win?

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2. Home brewing kits
Give the gift of brewing from grain to bottle with our home brewing kits. This kits come with everything you need to make your own beer at home, including detailed instructions and the the necessary ingredients and equipment. Transform your kitchen into a brewery. Now that sounds like a good new year’s resolution.

3. African Brew book
A book that tells the story of South African beer. African Brew will take you on a journey of SA’s micro-breweries as well as their beers, stories and favourite recipes. Expect some food pairing tips, a bit of beer history and a stack of great photos.

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4. A case of their favourite beer
A beer lover might actually enjoy, well, beer as a gift. Know they love a particular beer? Like Jack Black or Darling Brew? Get them a case and you can’t go wrong.

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5. Corkcicle Chillsner Beer Cooler
Never experience warm beer again with the Corkcicle Chillsner Beer Cooler. This drink-through beer cooler will keep any brew cool until the last drop. Freeze, pop in the bottle and enjoy.

6. Fridge Monkey
The Mode Fridge Monkey is the guy everyone needs to organise their fridge. Stack beer cans or bottles and never experience a beer falling out onto your foot again. Why didn’t we think of this?

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7. Riedel Ouverture Beer Glass, Set of 2
A high quality beer glass is essential for any beer drinker. Our suggestion? The Riedel Ouverture Beer Glass. Simple.

8. Philippi Luca Bottle Opener
Every beer drinker needs a great bottle opener and the Phillipi Luca Bottle Opener does the job in style. Stocking filler?

We hope these ideas have helped you find those elusive gifts this Christmas. Did we miss something on your wish list this year? Let us know.