Cape Brewing Company Craft Colab Gift Set
December 8, 2014
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Cape Brewing Company (CBC) not only produces legendary artisanal beer, but is also passionate about promoting fellow South African artisans. From food to furniture and everything in between, CBC actively promotes a wide range of South African crafts in a bid to unite artisans across the country.

In celebration of its ‘Love the Craft’ initiative, the brewer-cum-curator brings you the Craft Colab Gift Set‘ – a collection of unique beer-inspired products created by a group of handpicked local crafters.

BUY it online via League of Beers > click here.

The collection includes a quirky bow tie from My Bro Tie, a set of hand-painted ceramic coasters from Klomp Ceramics, a delicious beer bread mix from De Oude Bank Bakkerij, a genuine leather key holder including bottle opener from Freedom of Movement and mouthwatering cured lager sausage from 12 Pigs Charcuterie, all beautifully presented in a hand-printed canvas carry bag with leather trim.

Only 40 of the limited edition collections have been created, making them as exclusive as they are finely crafted. An absolute must have for the craft aficionado, and the perfect gift for the discerning collector.

BUY it online via League of Beers > click here.

Stellenbosch Cycle Tour
December 4, 2014
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Jennie Stenerhag raced her last race for 2014 this weekend. Almost time for 2015′s race program and prep!

“Now that 2014 racing year has come to an end, I look forward to 2015! Some changes are happening at the moment and I will get back with an update just before Christmas!” – Jennie Stenerhag

The past weekend was a real cycling weekend in Stellenbosch, Friday and Saturday was “Origin of Trails” MTB race and on Sunday it was “Stellenbosch Cycle Tour” (formerly known as “Die Burger”). Since I have won Die Burger 6 times before and it would be my 8th consecutive time doing it I wanted to save my legs until Sunday, at the same time as I really wanted to do Origin of Trails to see new single tracks around Stellenbosch which we normally do not have access to. The purpose of Origin of Trails is to raise funds to build even more trails in our beautiful area and is of course something I want to support!

So on Friday morning I rolled down to the start to the middle of central Stellenbosch, the atmosphere was at its peak and everybody was ready to have fun out on the bikes. Since it is in the end of the season and also no prize money all the pros had decided to take it easy, it suited me perfectly! We became a group of 6 elite girls who rode together and took it easy and stopped at all the water points, of course we chatted the whole time, amusing or anoying for the guys riding around us ;) Most of the route went on the trails we knew in Jonkershoek while we did some new that were totally amazing! Really fun!

As usual when it comes to road races in South Africa, it’s a super early start! The alarm was set for 4:20 and I was glad that the race was in Stellenbosch so that I could just ride to the start which was at 6:04! Anriette Schoeman was there and she would be my toughest competition on the day, we rode hard up the first climb to try and get rid of the other girls, especially Maroejska that has a good sprint. After about 300 meters we started climbing up Hellshoogte, a hill of 4km and quite steep! We went over the top in a small bunch with Anriette and I as the only girls but unfortunately the peloton caught up with us after about 14 km and we were a group of about 100 riders. I’m not a person who likes to “just sit” in the bunch, I am constantly trying to stay close to the front in case it would split or a crash, but in hindsight I probably wasted too much energy on it!

Once we had about 20 km to go, we had some short steep hills to do and on every hill Anriette and I went hard, got a gap with some guys, and then the rest caught up with us! It was really frustrating! With 1km left I sat perfectly positioned on Anriettes wheel and I kept that place and prepared myself for the sprint when suddenly the whole bunch came with speed from behind and it felt like they just swallowed us, suddenly I could hardly see Anriette and was just trying to get out of this mess. 2 guys drifted to the side with me on their outside and I almost crashed in to the fence, it was so close I think my heart stopped! While I was busy almost crashing Maroesjka rolled passed me and I was in 3rd… So once again when we race with the men it was a result that was more about luck than strength!

Read more here.

Schoon de Companje | Craft Colab
December 4, 2014
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Our final #CraftColab crafter is…Fritz Schoon from Schoon de Companje!

“We bake all our breads in a wood-fired oven based on the design of a 17th century Roman communal oven. It is labour intensive, but very special. Time equals taste.” For the CBC Craft Colab, De Oude Bakkerij produced a bread mix, to which one last key ingredient can be added: CBC Lager.

Watch the video here.

Fritz Schoon, founder of De Oude Bakkerij in Stellenbosch, fosters no pretenses about his role in the wildly successful venture. “I bake bread. Real bread. The stuff that feeds people,” he explains candidly.

Schoon’s holistic, almost spiritual approach to baking is perhaps to thank for the resounding success of the company. “Your state of being and intention will show in the end product. If you don’t know how to sweep the floor excellently, you will never be a good baker. Excellence starts from the way that you enter the door in the morning. It is something to be understood and applied to the smallest task,” he shares insightfully.

Also responsible for the success of the bakery is surely its use of premium raw ingredients. “If you want to produce an exceptional product, you have to use exceptional ingredients. Our recipe starts with farming well. We use well farmed grains and have them milled coarsely from our closest farmer/miller,” explains Schoon.

Last but certainly not least, the careful handcrafting techniques employed in the artisanal bakery are reflected in the high-quality final products. “We bake a small variety of breads. We blend our doughs and do not mix them like commercial, or other ‘artisan’, bakers. We bake all our breads in a wood-fired oven based on the design of a 17th century Roman communal oven. It is labour intensive, but very special. Time equals taste.”

For more information on Ou de Bakkerij call +27 21 883 2187, email info@decompanje.co.za, visit www.decompanje.co.za or join the community on Facebook (www.facebook.com/SchoonDeCompanje), Twitter (@decompanje) or Instagram (instagram.com/schoondecompanje). Best, though, would be to pop in at tbe Oude Bank Building on the corner of Church and Bird Streets in Stellenbosch to experience the delicious fare for yourself.

Klomp Ceramics | Craft Colab
December 1, 2014
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For Klompje, craft is about doing what you love and remaning as honest and authentic as possible. For Klompje, craft is about doing what you love and remaining as honest and authentic as possible. Inspired by CBC craft beer, Klomp Ceramics created sets of coasters for the CBC Craft Colab.

Just over a year ago, Cape Town-based creative Alexia Klompje was asked a life-changing question: “What do you love to do?” offered her husband, who was met with the unhesitating response: “ceramics”.

It may have taken place in a dream, but the consequences of the short exchange soon became the daily reality of the young creative.
Inspired by a need to heal herself after surviving a brain tumour, Klompje finally started handcrafting ceramics after this significant flash of inspiration. Her highly personal work is inspired by her life, experiences and the things with which she surrounds herself.

Formalising her passion and healing journey, Klompje founded Klomp Ceramics, the brand under which she creates one-of-a-kind porcelain and stoneware pieces proudly made and glazed by hand at her studio in Cape Town.

The multi-talented (and somewhat busy) Klompje, who actually completed her formal training is architecture, is also a working stylist. “In a nutshell, I studied architecture, became a stylist, had a brain tumour, started playing with clay while I healed, started Klomp Ceramics, went back into styling, and am now both a healthy ceramicist and a busy stylist!” she explains. Despite her myriad commitments, Klompje remains singularly focused on each task at hand at any given time, explaining that she relies on both roles to satisfy different aspects of her creative personality.

Unsurprisingly, Klompje has been making art for as long as she can remember. “To create and to live go hand-in-hand,” she affirms. “Each piece is part of my story, and Klomp Ceramics is a collection of this unique narrative.”

A true artisan, Klompje revels in every stage of the creative process. “From a lump of clay to a finished product, there are so many steps, stages, stories to be told and lessons to be learned,” she shares. “It’s an exquisite expression of my deepest, most personal self. To make something with my own hands that tells a story feels so sacred and ancient to me. A privilege.”

For more information or to place an order visit www.klompceramics.com, email info@klompceramics.com or call +27 82 895 5018. For regular updates and inspiration, join the Klomp Facebook (KlompCeramics) and Twitter (@KlompCeramics) communities, or follow Klompje herself on Pinterest (Alexia Klompje) and Instagram (AlexiaKlompje).

NEW!! CBC Red Weiss
November 28, 2014
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We just launched the NEW CBC Red Weiss at the Cape Town Festival of Beer!

“A seasonal amber colour Hefeweissbier unfiltered with a slight red tone from the most expensive caramel malt in the world.” – Wolfgang Koedel

 

 

Fruity banana esters  from our special top fermenting yeast pair with  hints of bitter chocolate, vanilla and complex malt notes makes it a must for every Weiss lover and a masterpiece of German brewing tradition.

Alcohol : 6.1 %, Bitter units : 18 IBU, Gravity : 14.8 % Plato

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DC – new record | Cycling
November 24, 2014
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“We won the race in a new record time for mixed teams of 5 hours 28 minutes, 5 minutes faster than the Complete Cyclist.” – Jennie Stenerhag

Double Century is a 202km team time trial where you start in a team of 12 and 6 must finish together. We competed in the mixed category where 3 girls and 3 guys have to finish together. It is always difficult to find strong girls and this year it was going to be my 3rd time racing for the Give Me A Chance foundation and I was responsible for finding strong girls. You have to make the decision whether to start with 3 or 4 girls, if you start with 3 there is room for one more guy who is stronger, but then nothing must happen to any of the girls. With four girls you can “afford” to loose one if something happens. When we put the team together we were 5 girls, 2 dropped out and we brought in a new and but with 5 days to go to the race another 2 dropped out. On Monday evening we were only 2 girls and not full team. It was once again time to call every possible girl who could ride a bike fast for 202km but not already in a team!! Not so many!

Finally we found Kathrin, a German triathlete who is in Stellenbosch often, only thing was that she had no road bike just a TT bike which is not allowed in this race. We rented a bike for her from iRide Africa and she got at least a few days to try it.

Since girls had pulled out we took a few new guys in to the team the last week, so with a handful of last-minute changes, we stood on the start line in a few different tops since the tops were ordered for the original team and the sizes were not right for this team….

The team who would be our toughest competition was The Complete Cyclist and they started 30 seconds behind us! They soon caught us but we stayed calm since we knew that this race is won in the last 50 kilometers. We had them at a distance so that we could always see them and we could see that they pushed hard up the first climb. We past them on the downhill and left them behind. But after a while they once again caught us and passed us and pushed really hard up the second climb, and we passed them on the downhill. At the first feedstation after 115km both teams were together.

New since last year was the compulsory stop where the time stops when we cross the matts to go in and starts again when we cross the matts on the other side to go out and we have 30 minutes to spare, if we would stay for longer the time starts after 30 minutes. Every team has an allocated spot where the team car can park with your food and drinks. Our spot was next to the Complete Cyclist team and when they decided to go again we waited a bit extra since we did not want to race so close to them but to do our own race. We raced hard and the guys in the team were super strong! There was another compolsury stop (new this year) and when we got there the Complete cyclist team was there, our backup team said we might have made some time up on them. We left before them and pushed hard so that they would not catch us. In the last 20 kilometers there are three steep hills and this is where one can make up a lot of time if one has some energy left. Konny was our strongest guy and he helped the girls incredibly well and made us maintain a high speed.

We won the race in a new record time for mixed teams of 5 hours 28 minutes, 5 minutes faster than the Complete Cyclist.

Everyone in the team did really well!!! Especially considering we hardly had a team a few days ago! Thanks to Sure Global Travel for sponsoring the team in support of the Give me a chance foundation. Thank you Delaray and Waylon for organising everything! And a huge thank you to the team: Kelly, Kathrin, Konny, Delarey, Hannes, Dylan, Waylon, Theo, Declan, Andreas and Timo, it was the strongest team I’ve ever ridden the DC with and if I am not misstaken it was my 9th DC!

For more, visit Jennie’s website.

 

Freedom of Movement | Craft Colab
November 21, 2014
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Freedom of Movement sources most of its raw materials from local tanneries and textile
manufacturers. A team of in-house artisans (led by two very talented craftsmen with
years of experience in exclusive leather design) handcrafts all the products.

Production methods are based on the traditional principles of leather
craftsmanship, utilising the same tools that have been used to create authentic
leather goods for decades.

Freedom of Movement is a collective of ideas formulated to design and produce both conventional and unusual leather products and accessories. The team produces a wide range of original pieces, from duffelbags to footwear.

Founded in 2013 by two brothers (one a chartered accountant with an appetite for entrepreneurship, and the other a civil engineer with a passion for design), the company started in a small room at the University of Stellenbosch, with nothing but an idea, a sewing machine, and a single artisan.

The goal of the collective is to design products that last a lifetime. The artisans are not only tasked with creating products that look nice, but that are as user-friendly and functional as possible. It is not only the raw, vintage look of Freedom of Movement leather that attracts discerning consumers, but also the longevity of the final products.

For the Freedom of Movement team, “craft” is the ability to create quality, loved final products from the myriad creative thoughts and ideas that fill the mind on an ongoing basis.

For more information on the brand visit their website or join the community on Facebook or Instagram.