Esther Süss & Jennie Stenerhag return to defend Cape Epic title
October 16, 2017

Meerendal Wine Estate and Cape Brewing Company are excited to announce that Esther Süss and Jennie Stenerhag will both return to defend their title as team Meerendal CBC at the 2018 Cape Epic.

The pair teamed up for the first time in 2017 and promptly roared from success to success. Tankwa Trek in February, Cape Epic in March, Transalp in July and Swiss Epic in September. An unforgettable season that will be hard to match by any women’s team in the future.

The pair had been close friends for 8 years, prior to racing together for the first time. “We ride very well together since we both stay very calm and ride a consistent pace without taking too many risks” says Jennie Stenerhag. Both agree that they have a good understanding for each other and don’t need to exchange many words whilst racing.

Esther Süss, who initially thought to herself, winning the Cape Epic 2017 was a great time to say goodbye to the event, says “it’s just too much of a love affair. I love this race and just have to do it again!”

Stenerhag says she has had both her saddest moment, “when I had to drop out in 2016 due to a heart problem” and her proudest “when I won it together with Esther in 2017”.

A successful partnership between Meerendal Wine Estate and the Cape Brewing Company has seen Süss and Stenerhag perform to their best, with both paying credit to the “fantastic support” that they have received. “Who would have thought that beer and wine go so well together” says Stenerhag.

Having flown largely under the radar and receiving very little media coverage ahead of last years Cape Epic, the pair expect to be well in the sights of the competition in 2018. Süss notes that they’ll approach the race from a different perspective, being “the hunted one’s, rather than the hunters”. Speaking of their goals for the Cape Epic 2018, both have one clear mission “to defend our title”!



Barley&Biltong | Cape Brewing Co. #Oktoberfest 2017
October 16, 2017

Join us for our annual #Oktoberfest in collaboration with #Barley&Biltong at Spice Route Paarl.

For one weekend only, come and enjoy a special festival a la carte menu with CBC craft beer, and a live performance by an Oompah Band!

Entrance: R60 per person, includes souvenir mug & 1st beer free.
First come, first serve!

Contact details: 021 863 5200 /

WIN: The best dressed Bavarian couple of the weekend stands a chance to win 1litre of CBC beer! #cheers #prost


Twitter Tasting #TasteCBC
October 4, 2017

Join us at CBC for a LIVE Flavoured Beer Twitter Tasting on 06 October 2017 from 15:00 – 16:00, hosted by our brewmaster, Wolfgang Koedel. #TasteCBC.

Whether you’ll be Tweeting & Tasting from the CBC brewery, your favourite hangout or at the comfort of your own home, make sure that you have a cold CBC Peach or Raspberry Krystal Weiss in hand and join the conversation on Twitter.

All the beer lovers who will be joining us at the brewery for the Twitter Tasting will receive a FREE Flavoured Beer tasting. #cheers


BRRRREW EVENTS | Barley & Biltong
May 17, 2017

Our second Winter Brrrrew Event (30 June) at Barley & Biltong will be hosted by Chef Philip and Cape Brewing Co’s Brewmaster Wolfgang. The event will start off with a CBC Brewery Tour, followed by a four course meal paired with 4 CBC beers!

You can expect quality craft beer, delicious food and live music by Richard Brokensha!

Tickets cost R295 pp and are available at / 021 863 5200.
Get your tickets NOW for an amazing experience! B&B_Winter_Poster&Menu_A5-1

Craft Brewers POWWOW 2017
May 15, 2017

The  CBC team  congratulates all other award winners at the 2017 Craft Brewers POWWOW!

Here’s a few awards we walked away with:

CBC Lager: Gold Award
Pilsner: Silver Award
Cape Of Good Hops Imperial IPA: Silver Award
Amber Weiss: Silver Award





The long and short of the ‘Boland bru club’
May 8, 2017

Thanks to everyone who attended the first CBC Tap Take Over! We look forward to our second one on the 27th of May!

Join us at the CBC brewery, on Spice Route Paarl, from 10am-3pm, 27 May 2017!

Thanks to everyone who attended the first CBC Tap Take Over! We look forward to our second one on the 27th of May!

Join us at the CBC brewery, on Spice Route Paarl, from 10am-3pm, 27 May 2017!

CBC Tap Take Over
May 2, 2017

Thanks to all the great breweries that joined us on the 29th of April for our first CBC Tap Take Over: Wild Clover Breweries, Afro Caribbean Brewing Co., Tuk Tuk Brewery, Bergriver Brewery and Dissident Brewing Co.!

We’ll keep you posted on the next one!

Absa Cape Epic Ladies Winners 2017
March 28, 2017

Heading into the final stage of the 2017 Absa Cape Epic, both Stenerhag and Süss were clearly nervous. They had worked so hard and raced so intelligently to lead the Hansgrohe Women’s category ahead of the final stage of the race, but they were all too aware that a potentially dangerous 85 kilometres still separated them from the Grand Finale at Val de Vie Estate. They allowed the stage win chasing de Groot and Spitz, and Strauss and Last to set the pace though much of the stage; which summited the scenic Franschhoek Pass before taking riders through the Drakenstein Correctional Centre. From there, the trails became cruelly sandy, but while the teams of de Groot and Spitz and Strauss and Last distanced Stenerhag and Süss ever so slightly in the final kilometres, their overall victory was never in doubt. Crossing the line 15 seconds after the fourth dramatic sprint finish (which was won by de Groot and Spitz) of the 2017 Absa Cape Epic women’s race, Stenerhag and Süss were elated to be crowned champions of the Hansgrohe Women’s category.

The women’s race was arguably the most dramatic yet, and proved once again that with the support of events like the Absa Cape Epic, and the backing of sponsors like Hansgrohe, Meerendal Wines and Cape Brewing Co, that women’s mountain biking can thrill as a spectator sport. Though the first post-race task for Jennie Stenerhag and Esther Süss is to allow the magnitude of their victory to sink in, followed by enjoying the sensations which come with that; their attention will soon turn to the 2018 Absa Cape Epic and planning their title defence. With the display of racing they and the other elite women put on this year there is no doubt the 2018 women’s field will be stronger than ever. And as the title holders, they will not have the luxury of coming into the race as a dark horse team, but that will not throw the level headed combination off their game plan… 2018 beware, Stenerhag and Süss will be back to defend their Absa Cape Epic title!

Absa Cape Epic | General Classification – Hansgrohe Women’s Category
1) Meerendal CBC: Jennie Stenerhag & Esther Suss (31:39:43.7)
2) Hansgrohe Cadence OMX Pro: Annie Last & Mariske Strauss (+35:19)
3) Ascendis Health: Sabine Spitz & Robyn de Groot (+47:02)
4) Team Spur: Ariane Lüthi & Adeleid Morath (+1:10:05)
5) Hollard-Velocity Sports Lab: Carmen Buchacher & Michelle Vorster (+1:22:59)
6) dormakaba SA: Candice Lill & Vera Adrian (+1:35:17)
7) Meerendal CBC 2: Hielke Elferink & Cornelia Hug (+2:17:33)
8) Merchants: Jeannie Bomford & Samantha Sanders (+2:17:33)
9) LIVBeyond: Fienie Barnard & Dalene van der Leek (+3:42:41)
10) Spur Foundation: Alice Pirard & Sabrina Enaux (+3:54:37)

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Absa Cape Epic 2017 update!
March 22, 2017

Prologue: Meerendal CBC’s Jennie Stenerhag & Esther Süss got their 2017 Absa Cape Epic campaign off to a solid start with a second place finish on the Prologue, which took place on the trail of Meerendal Wine Estate on Sunday morning. They finished just 39 seconds behind the stage winning duo of Robyn de Groot and Sabine Spitz of Team Ascendis Health.

Cornelia Hug and Heilke Elferink, riding as Meerendal CBC 2, couldn’t match the pace of the team leaders as they struggled in the heat and dust, of the Durbanville Hills, finishing seventh on the stage. Barti Bucher and Heinz Zoerweg meanwhile got their Absa Cape Epic campaign off to the best possible start by winning the Prologue in the Grand Masters Category for Meerendal CBC 3.

Stage 1: Stage 1 of the 2017 Absa Cape Epic couldn’t have turned out better for Meerendal CBC if we’d scripted it, as Jennie Stenerhag & Esther Suss raced to stage victory in a time of 5 hours, 10 minutes and 4.2 seconds. They led from the outset today, on the 101km long stage around the trails of Hermanus, with Jennie driving the pace in as they neared the Hansgrohe queen of the mountain hotspot. She was first across the top of the climb, with Esther following close behind. Rather than sitting up and waiting for the other women’s teams to rejoin them at the front of the race the Meerendal CBC women pushed on and stretched their lead throughout the stage.

There was drama behind them when Sabine Spitz of Ascendis Health first suffered a mechanical and then crashed, leaving her with a cut above her eye which needed stitches. The Hansgrohe Cadence OMX Pro team of Annie Last & Mariske Strauss were second on the trails for much of the day, but after water point 3, Sabine & Robyn de Groot managed to catch and pass the OMX pairing; but couldn’t limit their time losses to Jennie and Esther who were flying.

The result puts Meerendal CBC in the orange women’s category leaders’ jerseys for Stage 2 from Hermanus to Greyton.

The Meerendal CBC 2 team of Hielke Elferink & Cornelia Hug had a better stage today too, finishing fifth on the stage and moving up to sixth place overall. In the Grand Masters’ category Barti Bucher and Heinz Zoerweg of Meerendal CBC 3 claimed another stage victory, further cementing their hold on the purple category leaders’ jerseys to a significant 16 minutes and 7 seconds over the ABSA Bus Boys team of Greg Anderson & Deon Kruger.

Stage 2: Stage 2 of the 2017 Absa Cape Epic had all the elements to be an even tougher stage than the day before, during which the sweltering conditions left many riders needing medical attention. The daunting 102km route was set to include 2 350m of altitude gain in a predicted 35 degrees Celsius. But after consultation with the race doctors, the route was shortened to 62km, with 1 500m of climbing.

For the elite riders, the shortened distance would mean a fast and furious pace so it would by no means be an easier day in the saddle. Leading the Hansgrohe Women’s Category Jennie Stenerhag & Esther Süss could afford to shadow the second placed pairing of Sabine Spitz & Robyn de Groot, of Ascendis Health. The shortened route had another drawback for Stenerhag & Süss, they couldn’t see the finish line as they normally would be able to. So in the final kilometre, when the race crossed under the N2 Süss knew the finish must be nearby. So she attacked on what transpired to be the final climb, distancing Spitz slightly – tough Stenerhag and de Groot followed her wheel. The gap, to Spitz though only a few bike lengths was enough to slingshot the Meerendal CBC team down the final descent and into the finishing straight with an advantage for the sprint finish. Süss crossed the finish line first – followed by de Groot, Stenerghag and then a few seconds later Spitz – handing the Meerendal CBC women their second stage win of the 2017 Absa Cape Epic and adding 6 seconds to their overall lead.

The day was less successful for the Meerendal CBC 2 team of Hielke Elferink & Cornelia Hug. Elferink had said before the stage that they had felt very strong during Stage 1, but that she had started to get goose bumps in the final hour; a sure sign of heat stroke. She then struggled to sleep on Monday night due to the heat and humidity in the race village, so the short and high paced stage did her no favours today. The Meerendal CBC 2 women finished 17 minutes and 59.6 seconds behind their stage winning teammates.

In the Grand Masters Category Barti Bucher and Heinz Zoerweg, of Meerendal CBC 3 extended their general classification lead with another superb stage victory, while in the Mixed category Heinz Posch and Nina Brenn of Meerendal CBC 4 were fifth.

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