CBC’s educational visit to SAB
May 30, 2016

Thanks SAB for taking our Tasting Room Team on an awesome educational tour of SAB Newlands Brewery on the weekend!

Indeed, we did get a taste of History!

Cheers, Wolfgang & the CBC Team!

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Craft Beer Powwow | A Weekend for Craft Beer Enthusiasts
May 20, 2016

A full weekend event of beer, education and fun! Perfect for all beer enthusiasts, from home brewers to larger commercial craft breweries. Learn from the Change Makers who have shaped the local and international craft brewing industry whilst gaining insights on topics that will further your knowledge and perspective on craft beer and brewing. Indulge your tastebuds on the Saturday evening with a 4 course dinner and beer pairing.

For more info > http://www.craftbrewerspowwow.co.za

Photo: Ernst Hebeker, Chief Press Spokesman Deutscher Bundestag. Dr.Ina Verstl, Journalist. Wolfgang Koedel, CBC Brewmaster.  Horst Dornbusch, beer legend and book author. Sebastian Meyer, Brewmaster Dematech.

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CBC wins platinum, gold and silver at Meiningers international Craft Beer Awards
April 26, 2016



Paarl – Leading South African craft beer producer Cape Brewing Company (CBC) recently walked away with four medals from the Meiningers International Craft Beer Awards. The awards were announced in Neustadt, Germany in April.

CBC was awarded top honors with a platinum medal for their Cape of Good Hope Imperial IPA, and a gold medal for their seasonal CBC Harvest Lager. The CBC Lager and CBC Krystal Weiss were both awarded silver medals.

Out of the more than 700 craft beers from 22 different nations tasted and judged for the competition, only the best 281 beers were presented with medals. The jury consisted of 76 international expert beer sommeliers, brewers, beer trade and research experts, and beer journalists.

CBC is the only South African brewery awarded with medals this year, placing the country within the top 10 of the medal log. Germany topped the log with 138 awarded beers, followed by USA (27) and Austria (11).

“The whole CBC team is very proud of the outcome at one of the most prestigious Craft Beer competition in the world,” said CBC Brewmaster Wolfgang Koedel. “It shows the ability and quality of South Africans Craft Beer standards, and our competence to compete on international standards. Congratulations to my outstanding team at CBC and to all our supporters and beer lovers out there, you are our inspiration to brew great beers. Prost!”

One of the noteworthy breweries in the competition included the Boston Beer Company, who won international Craft Beer of the year with its Samuel Adams Rebel Rouser (Imperial IPA). “It is an overwhelming result for the whole CBC team,” said Andy Kung, Head of Operations at CBC. “It is fantastic to see that hard work, dedication and consistency is being recognized on such a high caliber, international judging panel. It is great to be right up there amongst the biggest and most reputable craft breweries in the world.”

The CBC range now consists of ten beers (including three seasonal beers) after the recent launch of the CBC Pale Ale, also available in a can from Checkers, Makro and Pick n Pay liquor stores.

All the award-winning beers are available at the CBC brewery in Paarl, as well as from a wide range of restaurants across South Africa. To find a restaurant or retailer that stocks CBC, please visit the website: http://capebrewing.co.za/contact-us/.

Wolf’s CBC Pale Ale Can Van
April 1, 2016

Great start to the weekend! We’re following Wolfgang around with the drone today, Wolf’s CBC Pale Ale Can Van Journey Begins!

Join the Journey, Download the CBC App here > http://capebrewing.co.za/LoveTheJourney/#about

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Bacon Wrapped Blue Cheese and Fig Chilli Poppers
March 31, 2016
Bacon Poppers

The poppers:

12 large stuffing jalapenos (from Woolworths)
12 slices of streaky bacon
250 g blue cheese, crumbled
230 g cream cheese (1 tub)
2 preserved figs, sliced
A small handful of chives, chopped
A bunch of toothpicks

I don’t think we’ve ever met a person anywhere that didn’t like a good chilli popper. Our fireside version of this classic borders on the ridiculous. It’s rich, spicy and they pair perfectly with the hoppy bite of CBC Pale Ale.

To serve: Your favourite salsa


Start by mixing your crumbled blue cheese with the cream cheese then work it with a spoon to combine. Add the chives and give it a season of freshly cracked black pepper.

Next use a small, sharp knife to slice an incision lengthwise into one side of the chilli. Be careful not to slice the chilli in two. Now use the handle of a teaspoon and wedge it into the slit then gently scrape the seeds out the chilli. If you want you can leave a few seeds in there for a spicy kick.

To stuff, gently pinch a chilli between your thumb and forefinger to open the slit then gently scoop in the cheese. You can use your finger or a teaspoon, whatever works best for you. If you want to make things really easy then use a piping bag. Be careful not to overfill the chillies. Next press in 2-3 slices of fig then pinch the chilli closed. Once you’ve got all your chillies stuffed then it’s time to wrap them in bacon. Carefully wrap each chilli in a piece of bacon then stick 2-3 toothpicks through the bacon wrapped chillies to secure.

Braai the poppers over medium heat coals until the bacon is crisp and the chillies have softened. Remove the toothpicks then serve with your favourite salsa. Smash the poppers and wash them down with a Cape Brewing Company Pale Ale.

Recipe by Beer Country SA @BeerCountrySA on Twitter.

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Asian Beef Tacos by Beer Country SA
March 31, 2016
Asian Tacos

The meat: 1 kg rump steak

The marinade:
½ C dark soya sauce, ½ C rice vinegar, ½ C canola oil, ¼ C brown sugar, 3 Tbsp sesame oil , 2 Tbsp honey, 1 Tbsp Chinese five spice , 1 tsp ginger, finely chopped, 1 tsp garlic, finely chopped, 1 tsp green chilli, finely chopped, 1 small handful coriander, finely chopped, 2 whole spring onions, chopped, Juice of 1 lime.

The tacos:
1 pack Santa Anna’s tacos (from Wellness Warehouse), 1 bag sliced red pickled onions (from Woolworths), 1 small red cabbage, sliced, A small handful of bean sprouts, 2 spring onions, chopped, 1 red or orange pepper, deseeded and sliced, 2 red chillies, sliced, 1 avo, diced, Sesame seeds.



When we’re on the road, one of our favourite campfire foods has got to be tacos. These little guys are packed with punchy Asian flavours that pair perfectly with the crisp and malty flavours of a CBC Pale Ale.

To serve:

Hoisin sauce
Sriracha or Tabasco sauce


Start by mixing all the ingredients for the marinade in a large plastic container until combined. Then place the meat in the marinade and give it a good coating. Place a lid on the container and leave it in the fridge to marinate for a few hours – overnight is even better.

Remove the meat container from the fridge and allow it to come to room temperature. Remove the steak from the marinade then pour the marinade into a small sauce pot and set aside. Braai the steak over very hot coals for about 2-3 minutes a side for rare, or cook to your liking. Remove the steak from the fire and let it rest for at least 5 minutes. While the steak is resting, heat your marinade to a boil and simmer for 5 minutes.

Cut the steak into thin strips then lightly season it with salt and pepper. Heat a few tacos in a frying pan to warm. Now you’re ready to build your tacos. Build a layer of veggies in any order that works for you then add the steak. Drizzle some warm marinade over the steak then top with avo, and sprinkle with sesame seeds. Dive in, smash it, and then wash it all down with a Cape Brewing Company Pale Ale.

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March 10, 2016
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Prepare for your perception of craft beer to change forever.
We’re not just introducing a truly great new beer, we’re challenging traditional perceptions of what craft beer means. We’re constantly thinking about our customers – and that’s why we chose a can for our new Pale Ale. Our Swedish partner Åbro has one of the most advanced can-fillers in Europe, and the latest generation of aluminium can incorporate technological advances that provide a perfect seal for our beer while guaranteeing its taste and flavour. But it’s not just about its ability to preserve quality. Our new can is portable, quick-chilling, and sustainable. We like to think of it as a mini keg, and when you taste, we know you’ll feel the same way.

Join the Journey, go to our microsite and DOWNLOAD the CBC APP NOW! > http://capebrewing.co.za/LoveTheJourney/

About The Journey

The journey to create our new Pale Ale took us from Paarl’s baking sun to Sweden’s snows. It was an incredible collaboration between two master brewers with over 60 years of combined experience, who together crafted a true brewmaster’s beer that’s also an amazing thirst-quencher. It was a journey of two companies, CBC and Åbro, and learning to use the strengths of each to create something new. And now we want it to be a part of your journey. Take it with you – it’s easier to carry. Have adventures with your friends. See new places. Look out over the world with a great craft beer in your hand. Take a picture of you and your CBC craft beer with our new app and share your adventure, because life is all about the journey, and so is our new craft beer.

Craft Beer Film Premiere | Sonskyn Beperk | Pretoria
February 26, 2016

What a great film Premiere in Pretoria last night (25 FEB)! Well done to the film crew and all involved!

Sonskyn Beperk NOW in cinemas! #craftbeerfilm #ProudlySouthAfrican
Looking forward to the Cape Town Premiere on Monday 29 FEB at the Blue Route Mall!

Watch the Official Sonskyn Beperk movie trailer here.


Here’s Maynard Kraak, Director, enjoying a well deserved CBC Pilsner!


Harvest Lager – These beauties are back!
February 26, 2016

Harvest Lager – These beauties are back! To be enjoyed while stomping the grapes with your favourite winemaker, or alone.

A Bavarian Style Craft Lager Beer! Dedicated to all South African winemakers to keep them refreshed and focused during the annual Harvest!