How many CRAFT BEER enthusiasts go to OppiKoppi?

Solstice Beer and Food Festival

The 21 June marks the change of the season where the days get longer and the nights get shorter as you see and feel SUMMER slowly crawling closer!  It is a day of celebration and what better way to celebrate the day with GOOD MUSIC, GOOD FOOD, GOOD BEER and GOOD FRIENDS! This year was the 8th year that Dirk van Tonder, owner of The Ale House in Broederstroom, held this spectacular event!
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Good Food

Good Food

New breweries

Lovely relaxing atmosphere

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The best Beer Drinker’s diet so far!

b2bb46f0762e372cb34d8edc695df11aWe have been struggling with our weight as a result of our passion for Craft Beer.  We have been on several diets, swallowed some pills, injected ourselves with stuff, did some exercise, did a LOT of exercise but somehow we could still not shed the extra kilos we would put on over weekends. Tasting beer and writing about it is the flame that feeds our souls. We can not change that!

As I sat and work one day, I became aware of the battle for my office chair. My left bum-cheek was taking more of the chair than the right one, which as a result, got cross and pushed my back-fat up my spine! THAT WAS IT! WE MUST LOOSE WEIGHT!!

I remembered when I was young we followed a 3 day diet to quickly loose a few kilos before an event. Google is my friend and VIOLA! I found the heart foundation 3 day diet along with all the nay-Sayers that has nothing good to say about the diet at all!  We’ve been following it religiously for 3 days a week over the last four weeks and have LOST weight while still having LONG weekends, drinking beer! For the 3 days, we only drink water, black coffee and diet cooldrink.

Here is the diet we follow:

DAY ONE

BREAKFAST LUNCH DINNER
Black Coffee or tea with low fat sweetener
1/2 grapefruit
1 slice of toast with 1tbsp peanut butter
1/2 a cup of tuna
1 slice of toast
Black coffee/tea/water*
3 oz any lean meat
1 cup of green beans
1 cup of carrots
1 cup of vanilla ice cream
1 medium apple
Black coffee/tea/water*

DAY TWO

BREAKFAST LUNCH DINNER
Black coffee/tea/water*
1 egg(served any style)
1 slice of toast
1 banana
 1 cup of tuna or cottage cheese
5 plain crackers
Black coffee/tea/water*
2 hotdogs
1/2 cup of carrots
1 cup of broccoli or cabbage
1 banana
1/2 cup of vanilla ice cream

DAY THREE

BREAKFAST LUNCH DINNER
Black coffee/tea/water*
5 plain crackers 1 oz of cheddar cheese
1 apple
1 hard boiled egg
1 slice of toast
black coffee/tea/water*
1 cup of tuna
1 cup of carrots
1 cup of cauliflower
1 cup of melon
1/2 cup of vanilla ice cream
black coffee/tea/water*

*Low calorie sweetener should always be used instead of sugar

Condiments allowed on the 3 Day Diet

  • Lemon juice
  • Salt and pepper
  • Mustard
  • Cooking oil spray

Variations on the 3 Day Diet

If you really don’t like any of the foods included you can make some changes;

  • Orange instead of grapefruit
  • Tuna instead of cottage cheese or vice versa
  • Frozen yoghurt instead of ice cream
  • Cauliflower instead of broccoli and vice versa
  • Green beans instead of broccoli or cauliflower
  • Beetroot instead of carrots
  • Toast instead of 5 plain crackers

Follow the plan for three days without cheating and you should see the fast results that you want.

You can have your beer AND drink it!

SA on Tap 2014 – Joburg Edition

SA on Tap 2014 had 23 breweries with an awesome selection of craft beer. There was definitely something for everybody – from hardcore IPA’s to pink chick drinks! We concentrated on the breweries we haven’t had beer from before although the old favourites kept tempting us!
It is definitely one of the best beer festivals in South Africa.
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On the other side

One always takes the smile on the person’s face who serves you beer at festivals for granted.

During the Pecanwood festival we had the opportunity to experience a festival from the other side of the taps and it was not nearly as glamorous as expected! In fact, there were a few times I felt like giving somebody a smack across the head.

What did we learn from this?

  1. Beerslut behind the tapDON’T criticize a brewers hand crafted beer within hearing distance! Not only is it rude, but you are running down the love and care  and effort it took to produce the beer. Unless of course you are a certified beer judge. Even then be specific in your criticism with facts to support your statements. ‘AAARRG THIS TASTE LIKE SHIT!’ does not qualify as a valid criticism! We do give our personal commentary on the beer on our blog and we are not judges yet but from now on we’ll be more gentle! Brewers have feelings too!
  2. People go to Oktoberfests to get smashed and the quality and flavour make no difference! THE ABV DOES! The higher the alcohol levels, the better it sells! VERY FEW people actually know anything about craft beer whatsoever!
  3. It is not so easy to pour a beer with a modest head! It took us a while to be able to pour a beer with an acceptable head and many spoons of foam went into the bucket!
  4. You have to repeat yourself continually without sounding irritated! You have to explain the style, the brewing process, the flavours and why you don’t have Castle Light on tap over and over AND OVER AND OVER AGAIN! At Nine PM at night, I assure you, the listener will not remember or understand a word you are saying but you have to repeat the story WITH A SMILE ON YOUR FACE for the n-th time!
  5. Oompah bands are only cool if you have had a couple of cold ones! Being dead sober and having to listen to the same repertoire of songs over and over can become a bit much!
  6. The South African craft brewers are a band of brothers (and sisters) ! We experienced this first hand where brewers moved around behind the scenes, tasting each others beer and talking beer stuff!! Man were we privileged to be amongst them.
  7. Festivals should NOT mix hard alcohol with craft beer! It is a slap in the face of the craft brewers who spent a lot of time, effort and money to be at the festival only to loose customers to people like Klipdrift with more alcohol per volume than the craft beers !  Rather invite SA Breweries or Windhoek Breweries to such events.

We would like to thank Ruaan and Amanda of Chameleon Breweries for giving us the opportunity and trusting us to sell their beer!

Pecanwood Oktoberfest 2013

A rather disappointing festival for both brewers and action seekers. The slutty fest was quite boring with the calendar girls looking like schoolgirls and the number of attendees not CLOSE to the 6000 predicted. It was really a non-event but gave us the opportunity to work on the other side of the counter, which will be what our next post will be about! One thing is for certain, you don’t mix craft beer with ANY hard alcohol at festivals.

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The Crowd at 10:15

The Crowd at 10:15

The Crowd at 10:15

The Crowd at 10:15

The crowd at 19:30

The crowd at 19:30

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The Beer Sluts guide to beer tasting!

Tasting and testingAs we were capturing the beer styles, we realized we have NO idea how to identify some of the properties they are describing, this put us on the path to learn how to taste. Beer tasting is different to beer drinking. It is nearly an art form on its own. We are still having problems but we will practice, practice and practice until we get it right!!!

See our Beer Tasting 101 guide for tips and techniques!