From Ceres to Sutherland
April 30, 2014
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We chatted to MTB cyclists Jacques du Plessis and Riaan Erasmus who took on the Trans Karoo 240km endurance MTB race from Ceres to Sutherland in their CBC sponsored kit.

“…you are actually just competing with yourself and your own capabilities – to dig deep to carry on and not give up!”

  • What made you decide to do the Trans Karoo?
I’ve done a few MTB races before as well as the Argus Cycle Tour a few times but none of these were really extreme. I wanted to test and push myself to the limits for a change and decided that this year I want to do a few endurance events and see what my body and mind is capable of. The first one for the year was the Trans Karoo 240km endurance MTB race from Ceres to Sutherland in which one have to finish within 17 hours, I’ve always wanted to go to Sutherland so I thought why not go there by cycling through the beautiful Tankwa Karoo…and that’s when I entered in December 2013! I looked for a partner to help me through this thing and managed to convince my long life friend Riaan to do it with me, very happy and thankful that he did because without him I probably would not have made it!
  • Tell us a little more about the race…
The race itself is a gruelling 240km long that starts in Ceres and ends in Sutherland. The route goes through the Tankwa Karoo and in total one does about 3300m of vertical climbing. There is a cut off time of 17 hours in which you have to complete so you have to average above 15km/h to make it. The race started in cold conditions at 7am in Ceres and the cut off was at 12pm in Sutherland in very cold conditions! The night before we stayed in Paarl so we got up at 4am to make our way to Ceres.
  • How did the race go?
This was the first real endurance race for both of us and I think it went really well. We managed to finish in just under 16 hours with cold, battered and tired bodies. We didn’t have any major injuries or mechanical problems apart from my saddle unnoticeably getting lower during the race which caused some back of the knee pain for me. The real tough part of the race started around the 180km mark where we came to the foot of the mammoth Ouberg Pass, which is 8km long and took us just under 2 hours to get to the top. The elevation difference is around 800m which is just a bit lower than Table Mountain. It is very steep and after 180km in the legs this is about pushing your bike to the top! Once at the top we were greeted at the local check point with some hot coffee, warm potatoes, braai chops and a big fire to warm us up. The last 50km to Sutherland was all in the dark, the kilometers seemed to tick by very slowly in the dark and mentally it got really tough but after about 2.5 hours we saw Sutherland’s lights in the distance and it felt like Christmas in April! Overall there were 220 entries, 180 started the race and 127 entries managed to finish within the allowed 17 hours.
  • What was the highlight of the race for you and Riaan?
The quiet beauty of the Tankwa Karoo, the braai chops at the top of Ouberg Pass, the sight of the Sutherland lights after 235km, a well deserved CBC beer at the end and receiving our medals which meant that we ‘tamed the Karoo’!
  • Where off to next?
The next big race is the Trans Baviaans which is a 24h 230km MTB race from Willowmore to Jeffreys Bay through the Baviaanskloof Nature Reserve. Apart from that we are also looking to start doing a few stage races.
  • Anything else that you want to share about the race?
It’s tough, it’s long, it’s cold, but so worth it once you have finished it. It will test you mentally & physically! We’ve seen Sutherland at night now but not in day time, so I guess we will have to go back next year to do the ‘down ride’ which starts in Sutherland and ends in Ceres!
” I want to thank CBC for our awesome kit & the cold beers. Thanks again to my partner Riaan and our support crew Wanro, Dirk & Francois. Also to my wife, thanks for granting me all that hours of practice out on the saddle!” – Jacques du Plessis
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Beer Chum: Jess Kok
April 23, 2014
Jess Kok

Our next brewery beer chum is ESL Teacher Jess Kok, so…

1. If you had to leave earth and only take one beer with you, which one would it be? “CBC Amber Weiss”

2. Describe that first sip of a CBC beer on a hot summer day: “Cold, refreshing & sweet!”

3. The CBC beer that best represents your personality is…Why? “CBC Amber Weiss ~ likes beer, craft beer, like that little ‘something different’ in the beer. In other words the CBC Amber Weiss represents me the best.”

4. If a CBC beer was your date, which destination would you take it? “I would take my date ‘Amber Weiss’ back to my home to sit on my stoep and have a nice braai.”

Come Beer & Dine with us until 29 May!
April 22, 2014
Planet Restaurant

Your chance to enjoy a 7-course dinner paired with craft beer has arrived! At R485 pp, the Beer & Dine event at Mount Nelson Hotel’s Planet Restaurant is not to be missed!

You can dine with Wolfgang at the launch event on 25 April or enjoy a 3-course dinner, paired with craft beer experience, every night from 26 April – 29 May (excluding Sundays) at R395 pp, at Mount Nelson Hotel’s Planet Restaurant.

Download menu here.

SouthYeasters Summer Festival
April 17, 2014
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The annual Summer Festival of the home brewing club of the Western Cape (known as the “SouthYeasters”) is the biggest event of the year for CBC. Now in its fourth year, the SouthYeasters Summer Festival provides a platform for brewers to show off their products and skill.

It’s not every day that one gets to try as many beers as one likes, or to take part in amazing competitions such as the People’s Choice Award or the Wolfgang Cup, so this year’s event was another resounding success. We proudly donated grains and hops to some of the brewers in attendace, and over 30 entrants competed for the Cup. We also donated some beer on the day of the festival.

This year’s festival was the first to boast a panel of BJCP-certified (Beer Judge Certification Programme) judges. With over 40 brewers and 100 beers to choose from, the festival is definitely THE opportunity for craft and micro brewers to enjoy and compare the products of their follow brewers.  David Savage from soon to be Bad Dog Brewery is the holder of the cup for the year!

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CBC Cycling gear!
April 9, 2014
Cycling shirt

Be part of the craft beer cycling crew! You can now purchase the CBC cycling shirt at the brewery at R520 incl. VAT!

For more information contact the brewery at info@capebrewing.co.za

Watermelon & Prawn Salad
April 7, 2014

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Ingredients/method:

1/2 ripe watermelon, skinned and cut in small triangles
200g finely crumbed Fairview feta cheese

500g peeled prawn tails, marinated in:
1 stick finely chopped lemongrass
1tbs  sesame oil
1 finely chopped chili
1/2 bundle chopped coriander
100ml extra virgin olive oil
25ml rice vinegar
2tbs low sodium
soya sauce
1tbs Thai fish sauce
Juice of one lemon

Let everything rest for 15 minutes.

Heat up a wok or heavy bottom cast iron pan to a smoking hot stage, toss everything in the pan at once, stir continuously until prawns are firming up then, transfer to a bowl in order to cool off a bit.
Arrange watermelon triangles on plate, add prawns with its cooking juices and sprinkle with crumbed feta and a little bit of lemon zest.

 

Goes very well with CBC Krystal Weiss.

Beer Chums: Liz & Hiram (from Texas)
April 4, 2014
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We chatted to Texas Ranchers Liz & Hiram at the brewery…

1. Describe that first sip of a CBC beer on a hot summer day…“Refreshingly delightful…and a nice change after all that fab wine”

2. The CBC beer that best represents your personality is…Why? “Lagers…light, fun and sincere”

3. What do you normally enjoy with your beer? “Tostadas & salsa (we’re from Texas)”

4. If a CBC beer was your date, which destination would you take it? “A la playa…to the beach or a ‘braai’ or as we say in Texas A BBQ!”

3rd place in the ABSA Cape Epic
April 4, 2014
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We are super proud of the CBC team Jennie Stenerhag and Theresa Ralph! Firstly, just completing the Absa Cape Epic and secondly, doing so and finishing with an overall 3rd place!

In Jennie’s words: “What a week we had! Theresa and I are really happy with our result and how everything unfolded!”

Jennie takes us through their race from the Meerendal prologue to the finish at Lourensford! Read more

Follow Jennie & Theresa on Twitter: @JennieStenerhag @TheresaRalph