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).