The invitation to travel down to Paarl near Cape Town and drink Craft Beer came from a company called Air Products – a company that manufactures, supplies and distributes a diverse portfolio of atmospheric gases, specialty gases, performance materials, equipment and services to the Southern African region.
Being the Philistine quaffer that I am I didn’t immediately get the connection between a gas supply company and craft beer.
It turns out that brewers use a number of gases as they concoct their hard to resist witches brews – oxygen, nitrogen and carbon dioxide.
Basically the bubbles in your beer are carbon dioxide – is that why we get sleepy after a few?
When I remarked to CBC Master Brewer, Wolfgang Koedel that the bubbles in his beer seemed very small in comparison to my normal (make a spitting sound) commercial tipple he confirmed that they only use a natural process to get carbon dioxide into the beer – no forced methods.
The Cape Brewing Company (CBC) is a modern craft beer brewery dedicated to producing the finest beer. The brews are made from the best ingredients and natural mineral water from Paarl Mountain.
Amongst all the beers flowing across the tasting table my favourites were the Krystal Weiss (I found the hint of clove quite racy), then the Lager, followed by the Pilsner.
CBC offers quintessential tasting experiences where individuals receive vast insights into the wonderful world of beer in all its facets. Using reliable state-of-the-art technology, CBC’s unique range of craft beers are made to provide South African’s with the opportunity to experience the culture of genuine craft beer.
Testament to a ‘good thing’ the Cape Brewing Company testing room was constantly busy with eager tasters sniffing, sucking and rolling but NOT spitting.
With the Western Cape drought uppermost to mind, along with the perilous state of the dams serving Port Elizabeth, I asked Wolfgang just how many litres of water CBC takes to make a litre of beer. And CBC’s number? 4.6 litres of water to 1 litre of beer. I have heard figures quoted ranging from 10 to 21 litres of water per litre of beer so CBC’s numbers are pretty impressive.
It does seem to me that Air Products have a unique concept at play here – concentrate on a specific niche, get those players (and media) together to share knowledge and have a great time together.
Watch this space.
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