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WHAT’S HOT IN CAPE TOWN– the Craft Beer Revolution


15 May 2014

For those of us (me!) who clearly live with our heads in the sand, it appears that the craft beer scene is alive and well in South Africa and that our local brews are pretty damn fine thank you very much!

Having for decades been subjected to only the beers of the monopolizing brewer in South Africa, its great to finally have small and talented local brewers who have the same passion for brewing the stuff as we have for drinking it.

Viva the Beer revolution, Viva!!!!

Cape Brewing Company is very new, having only opened its doors in 2012 – purports to have been born from a thirst for real beer. Here they have raised beer making to something of an art.


At the Darling Brewery in the town of the same name a young couple realized their dream of creating extraordinary beers which they call Slow Beer. One of the Beers is called “Bone Crusher” and is described as having a distinctive candied orange nose. Edgy and refreshing in taste with all the spicy richness and finishes with a lingering bitterness.


Birkenhead, just outside of Stanford in the Western Cape (1.5hrs outside Cape Town) is the first wine and brewing estate in the Southern Hemisphere. It has a small but growing micro brewery creating brewskies with names like Honey Blond, Chocolate Milk stout, Old English Ale and Black Snake. Yummie!!


Chardonnay is passé peeps – craft beers have captured the South African imagination and tantalized our taste buds.

Next time in Cape Town remind us to take you on a brewery tour!

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South Africanisms


weird and wonderful things about south africa and its people

“Poepol” is an affectionately used term to denote an idiot. so you might say “ag you poepol you’ve locked the keys in the blerry car! Now we’re really in the dwang!”

Submitted by Jeanne Watson

“Jizlaaik” is another wonderfully descriptive word we have for “Goodness gracious!” or “Oh My!” so we might say "jizlaaik my China if South Africa wins the cricket i skeem we should have a dop or two to celebrate”

Submitted by Delarey Potgieter

"A Boer Maak a Plan" Afrikaans colloquialism meaning that no matter what the obstacles are, us South Africans can sort it out. It speaks to our no nonsense sense of the world.

Submitted by Jean De Villiers

"At the Robots, turn left" We don't do traffic lights - it's too much like being law abiding. In South Africa we have robots. Much more exciting!!

Submitted by Maria Van Heerden

"Sharp Sharp" a lovely expression that can mean so many things, but all upbeat and positive. Can be a greeting, a farewell, an agreement or just to express enthusiasm.

Submitted by Shaun O'Connel

"Now, Now" - When South Africans say that they will do something "Now, now"... It actually means that they will do it later.

Submitted by Ken McKenzie

We South africans like a bit of a party, and “Epic” denotes a pretty fab party. If its even better than fabulous we may throw in “flipping” before “Epic” . so ... "That Afrika Burn jol was flipping Epic my Bru”

Submitted by Hlumela Masha

"Toyi Toyi" (pronounced TOY-TOY) this is a traditional South African form of protest. It is a knees up dance done by protestors and can be very intimidating.

Submitted by Jaques Du Plooy

Eish! - Substitute any of the following: No shit! Dang! Holy Cow! Ouch! You're kidding! Bummer! Oh well. Geez!

Submitted by Mark Upton

"LADUMA" Pronounced LA-DOOO-MAH is a popular cheer used at footbal matches to celebrate a goal being scored. shouted loud, with the emphasis on the middle DOOOO this is exaltation at its height (well in so far as sport can get you ecstatic anyway)

Submitted by Angel Witbooi

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