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Join us for an exciting evening with Belinda van Zwijndrecht, LIVE!

Join us for an exciting evening with Belinda van Zwijndrecht, LIVE!

Join us for an exciting evening with Belinda van Zwijndrecht, LIVE! at Brewery On The Beach.

Belinda van Zwijndrecht is a painter, songwriter and guitarist with a classical guitar background. Through her music she turns ordinary life into colourful melodies and words and this can also be seen in her visual art as well, sometimes combining her musical performance with an exhibition, depending on the venue. You can hear some of Belinda’s music on Youtube, Souncloud and follow her on Facebook for her latest gigs as a solo artist or with other musicians around the country.

Lend out your ears to this original artist with her unique and enjoyable writing and singing style, take a look at her art on her Facebook page and appreciate South African artists and musicians like Belinda, definitely a great listening experience.

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Black River Gypsy Live at Brewery on the Beach

BRG live at the Brewery-don’t miss out!

Black River Gypsy – Being in a band is like being a gypsy, the Black River is the road we travel on.

We are two guys playing Blues/Rock with an acoustic vibe. Occasional guitar solo in-between.

If you are into old school rock vibe, come listen!!!

There might even be an original or two…

Blues rock, man, blues rock!

Thursday, December 21 at 1 PM – 5 PM

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Favorite Craft Beer On The Beach

Barman My Favorite Barley Pop Please

My favorite barley pop please, I say to the barman behind his polished counter, and a dash of speed! I smugly slide onto my bar-stool, looking at the guy next to me I nod: “‘wassup”. I expectantly wait for my favorite craft beer.

“What’s in a name? That which we call a rose
By any other name would smell as sweet.”

Juliet in Romeo and Juliet talking about her favorite beer. Well we like to think she is. (Hey, if you dont believe me check it out Act II, ii, 1-2)

One of Shakespeare’s most famous quotes, that short sentence encapsulates the struggle and tragedy of Romeo and Juliet. And is echoed in similar struggles in breweries and pubs across the nation searching for that perfectly crafted beer.

No matter what your personal choice of high quality craft beer is, just how many things can you call a beer? Well the good folk at The Brewery on the Beach, after a good number of social lubricants under the belt, started tossing a few names around.

Beer, cold one, oat soda, suds, liquid bread, draught…

As you can imagine the party gathered momentum, with each one trying to outdo his bar-stool battle neighbor. Getting thirsty from all this banter about the silly seltzer, I shout: Beeeeer!

…soldier, liquid courage (this was growing with each draught of giggle water), brew dog, pre-spiked punch, bubbly muscles, chugger’s delight…bitter batter, icanbeatithome, secret ingredient X, tummy buster.

Things were hotting up with each draught of high quality craft beer consumed. And the quality seemed to get better with each sip it seemed, if that was at all possible. Jeffrey’s Bay was not going to be the same after this, assuming we survived this hello-goodbye, daddy’s milk, elbow benders brain hammer session.

“Redneck wine!” someone shouts. Silence. All eyes turn cautiously to the brew-master at this drunken insult. “Puke fuel!” he shouts back, defusing the tension, “and boredom-be-gone!”.

By now all patrons were in full swing, literally with fine craft beer spilling everywhere, and the list went on. “Time travel in a bottle” someone suggested. “Weed’s best friend, brew dog, giggle water, antidote, rocketsauce…”.

Eventually the evening started winding down. The train signal lights behind the bar turned amber to some lighthearted boo’s, and the last liquid wrecking ball was poured.

As the last of the potent potable un-water was chugged down, we all agreed on one thing. Nothing beats a well brewed favorite craft beer. By any other name.

What names did we forget? Have you got your own favorite name for your preferred craft brew? Leave your comments below, we’d love to add them to the list.

 

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Brewery on the Beach Jeffrey's Bay

Brewing on the beach, and how we got here

I’m the kind of person who likes to do things myself, so when the idea of making beer occurred, I quickly launched myself into my new hobby. Little did I know that it would lead me to opening up a brew-house in Jeffrey’s Bay. – Ivan Beukes, brewer-owner

‘I always liked beer and I starting doing a bit of homework into how to do it myself,’ says Ivan. He didn’t mess around – after two kit beers (‘it was horrible – a far cry from an award winning craft brewery!’) Ivan leapt straight into a 100-litre all-grain system. Two years down the line, he decided the system – three or four times the batch size of the average homebrew setup – was too small and upgraded to a 200-litre brewhouse.

‘It’s an odd size,’ he admits. ‘It’s too big for a homebrewer and too small for a commercial brewery.’ But he has been brewing on it for the best part of a decade and when asked how he managed to get through all the beer he brewed, Ivan’s answer is simple: ‘I suddenly found myself with a lot of friends!’

Award Winning Craft Brewery – Ivan has also got plenty of fans, and his stand is hotly awaited each year at the Clarens Craft Beer Festival. Hot is the operative word here, since the brew that beer fans are eager to taste each year is Ivan’s Chilli Beer. Ivan made his debut at Clarens in 2011, back when the event featured homebrewers as well as commercial breweries.

In fact, it was the response at the inaugural festival that started Ivan thinking about taking his Chilli Beer – and the others in his repertoire – to market. Now he’s upgrading his system and hoping to one day leave his metallurgist background behind in favour of brewing full-time. Seasonal brews are definitely going to feature and Ivan has been experimenting with other additions, including honeybush, but for beer – and chilli – enthusiasts, there’s one thing that Ivan will always be associated with and that’s a nice cold, hot blonde.

Adapted from an article that first appeared in countrylife.co.za in August 2016.

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