The Ultimate Festive Season Gift for Craft Beer Lovers- CBC Introduces the CBC Growler Kit
November 23, 2017

For craft beer fans, beer is a great gift idea any time of the year. But during the holidays, beer aficionados probably only have one wish for their gift list. Whether you are shopping for a homebrewing housemate or a craft beer loving spouse, CBC’s Growler Kit is the perfect gift idea and will bring festive season cheer to even the most discerning craft beer connoisseur.

The CBC Growler Kit is the first of it’s kind from South Africa’s leading independent craft beer producer, Cape Brewing Company (CBC). The Growler Kit includes 440ml bottles of CBC’s Lager, Pilsner, Krystal Weiss and Amber Weiss as well as a 2 litre growler – a sealable and reusable glass container which makes it convenient for beer lovers to refill with their favourite CBC draught beers.

The use of growlers dates back to the late 1800s in the United States, when metal pails were used to transport beer from the local tavern to an individual’s home. Some say the term originated from the sound that the pail’s cover made from the escaping carbon dioxide. Other, more creative anecdotes, state that either the bartender or the customer would be responsible for the growling – in those years, the barkeep was only supposed to fill the container with one pint of beer, while customers always edged for a larger refill. Whichever party was left dissatisfied after a transaction, was responsible for the ‘growling.’

More recently, the use of growlers has become popular again in the global craft beer industry.

“We love the origin story of the growler, and by introducing it locally, it gives an opportunity for CBC fans to own what is becoming somewhat of a mainstay in the global craft beer industry,” says Wolfgang Koedel, CBC’s Brewmaster.

Andy Kung, CBC’s COO, adds: “Consumers can use the growler to refill with their favourite draught beer at our Tasting Room and take a taste of the brewery home with them.

“The way the bottle has been designed ensures that you can transport your craft beer from one place to another without a degradation of quality. Of course, once re-filled, the growler should be refrigerated as soon as possible and should be consumed within two to three days to maintain that fresh on-tap taste.”

The CBC Growler Kit is available exclusively at Checkers stores in the Western Cape (including the Garden Route), Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal areas, with a recommended retail price of R219.95. Growler refills are R75 per 2 litre refill at the CBC Tasting Room.

For more information follow CBC on Facebook and Instagram. #Cheers #Growler


November 15, 2017


Stand a chance to WIN R25000 in cash or Limited Edition CBC apparel designed by our #BeIndependent ambassadors; Gabrielle Kannemeyer, Dhiantha Achary and Marti Lund

To enter simply buy any CBC 4-pack or 6-pack from any store, SMS the last 4 digits of the barcode on the outer packaging to 37960 and there you go! #cheers #WinWithCBC

Remember to keep your proof of purchase.
SMS entry costs R1.50, free sms’s do not apply.
T’s & C’s apply.


Meerendal CBC Ladies MTB Riders Sweeps FNB W2W Race Title
November 9, 2017

Meerendal CBC Ladies riders reclaimed the Wines 2 Whales race title in the women’s category at Onrus Caravan Park in Hermanus this past weekend. Jennie Stenerhag and Adelheid Morath took the sort after title after achieving a day one victory and taking second place on day two and three of the three-day mountain biking race event. The day one triumph and second place achievments, together with consistent riding, secured the Meerendal CBC team overall success.

Before delivering their masterful performances, Stenerhag recalls saying to Adelheid, “usually this is won on the first day”. It was this strategic thinking and the duo’s resilience that ushered them to first place. Stenerhag added, “Even though it was only by 20 seconds, we were able to keep the lead.”

CBC is the exclusive beer sponsor at the FNB Wines 2 Whales MTB event. “We celebrate another win for the inspiring duo. These ladies demonstrate what it means to be bold and daring, which are values that CBC shares. We’re looking forward to continue supporting the team.” Said CBC COO, Andy Kung.

Swedish born competitive skier, roadie and now mountain biking champion, Jennie Sternerhag, has become a Stellenbosch legend. She found her love for mountain bike riding six years after she stopped skiing. She was hooked on riding when she finished the “Swedish classic,” and it was around the same time that she came to South Africa for the first time and she fell equally in love with the country. She subsequently returned to Sweden to quit her job, and as they say, the rest has become history in the making.

Adelheid Morath is an internationally known powerhouse. The German cross-country mountain biker is well known for finishing 16th place at the 2012 Summer Olympics and finishing 18th place at the 2008 Olympics. The two-time Olympian has also participated in the 2015 Swiss Epic and has completed the 2016 Cape Epic. Previous teammates revere Morath for her consistent commitment, and she is commended for being a great rider who is an excellent climber and is a regular top 10 finisher at XCO World Cups.

Kung added “We love being apart of this great event and look forward to being the exclusive beer sponsor at FNB Wine2Whales 2018.

#cheers #mtb #TeamMeerendalCBC

Photo by: Tobias Ginsberg

November 7, 2017

Cape Town Festival of Beer, the largest festival of beer in the Southern Hemisphere, is around the corner again! The festival is set for the 1st, 2nd and 3rd of December 2017 at Hamilton’s Rugby Club in Green Point, Cape Town (next to the V & A Waterfront). And we’ll be showcasing our most beloved beers for the full weekend!

You can now buy Cape Town Festival of Beer tickets straight from the CBC tasting room at Spice Route Paarl!

And we decided to add something extra for our beer lovers! When purchasing a #ctfob ticket from #CBC, you’ll get your standard tasting for FREE and if you buy a ticket for the Sunday, we’ll add a FREE #PaleAle Can to the deal.

Friday tickets (01/12) : R120
Saturday tickets (02/12) : R150
Sunday tickets (03/12) : R100

#cheers #ctfob

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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