Black Friday deals for foodies

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ICYMI: tomorrow’s Black Friday and I’ve put together a little list of Black Friday deals for foodies!

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Wimpy: Buy 1 Get 1 Free Cheesy Cheeseburger and Chips for only R62.90.

Wimpy Black Friday deal 2017

 

John Dory’s: ¼ Chicken & 300g Ribs for only R89
John Dory's Black Friday 2017

 

Mike’s Kitchen: Buy 1 Get 1 free burgers between 12pm and 4pm. Available at participating stores only.
Mike's Kitchen Black Friday 2017

 

Hard Rock Cafe Johannesburg: Classic cheeseburger and a bottle of Black Label for R65 and Mojito, Bahama Mama & Pina Colada at R35
Hard Rock Cafe Johannesburg Black Friday 2017 Hard Rock Cafe Johannesburg Black Friday 2017

 

Get Wine: Who doesn’t love wine discounts???Get Wine Black Friday 2017

 

Paul’s Homemade Ice-Cream: 50% off cakes in store
Paul Homemade Ice-Cream Black Friday 2017

 

Hudson’s – The Burger Joint: Bottomless Fries at R25 when you order your burger
Hudson's Black Friday 2017

 

Cinnabon South Africa: Buy any pre-packed Minibon 6 Pack and get the second one FREE
Cinnabon Black Friday 2017

 

Hurry and get yours, peeps! Do you know of any other Black Friday deals for foodies? Do share!

 

Please note: All images are courtesy of the official Facebook Page of the restaurant

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BEER SCHOOL WITH BEERHOUSE AND MAD GIANT

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Beerhouse, in partnership with local craft beer breweries, often host a series of free Beer School sessions where attendees are offered a free beer tasting and discussion session with the respective brewery for that week’s session. Beer School was hosted by Mad Giant three weeks ago (yes, I know it’s late) with their brewer, Eben.

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ABOUT MAD GIANT
The meaning of the name Mad Giant can be broken into two: ‘Mad’ refers to a person and ‘Giant’ refers to a dream; put it together and the name embodies the idea about people pursuing their dreams. The name is represented by a giant with one eye and this symbolises the founder’s take on a dream, i.e. It might be scary, unrealistic and awkward but you should always keep one eye on the prize no matter what. This speaks quite closely to the founder’s own life. He’s always dreamed of making beer so he finally started Mad Giant three years ago, eventually opening up his own brewery in the Johannesburg CBD last year.

 

ABOUT THE BEER
1. Guzzler – 4.8% ABV

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This is an easy drinking Pilsner. It’s very dark in colour, malty and not as bitter as the usual Pilsners. It’s dry hopped and even though this is more expensive, it does make the beer more enjoyable.

VERDICT: I really enjoyed this one actually. It’s probably that honey and subdued lemon undertones.

 

2. Electric Light – 4.5% ABV

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This is Mad Giant’s Weiss beer, which is also their top selling beer. It’s the lightest beer in terms of alcohol and bitterness. Mad Giant’s Weiss is unfiltered because they believe this not only gives the beer a more creamier texture but also livens it up. Their Weiss is also quite dry compared to others but this makes it more drinkable. It has very light clove and banana aromas, with hints of pineapple more prominent when tasting it.

VERDICT: I don’t really enjoy Weiss beers. I did, however, enjoy the banana aromas. Can you maybe use it to give a twist to a lager?

 

3. Killer Hop – 5.0% ABV

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This is their Pale Ale. It has hints of litchi, grapefruit and is quite sweet since they’ve toned down the bitterness to make it more drinkable for our climate. It also works well in Summer because it’s easily drinkable. Just like their Pilsner it’s also dry hopped.

VERDICT: I didn’t really enjoy. That’s just because I don’t like ales.

 

4. Urban Legend – 5.5% ABV

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Urban Legend is their American Pale Ale (IPA). IPAs are usually more bitter and more hoppy with a high ABV. Theirs is unfiltered so this assists in not ruining the flavour. They specifically use various ‘tricks’ in their brewing process so that it doesn’t taste too bitter and maintains strong hints of banana, florals, citrus and sweetness. Although the usual ABV is 5.5%, the batch we tasted was 6%.

VERDICT: Even though I usually don’t like ales of any kind and found it very fruity, I enjoyed it. Definitely those hints of banana again. Smells great!

 

5. True Grit – 5.0% ABV

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True Grit is Mad Giant’s Amber Ale. It’s an American Amber Ale but it’s not as hoppy. It’s a roasted malt, visible by its colour. It has hints of caramel, chocolate and coffee. The beer’s name is inspired by his dad, who truly embodies the meaning behind having true grit. His dad always dreamed of flying and having his own plane but never had the money to do so. He finally got some plans together and got started on building his own plane. This took 9 years. Once completed the pilot inspected the plane, they took it out for a ‘test drive’ and while they were up in the air the engine died – they had to make an emergency landing and dropped. The injuries left his dad hospitalised for two months. When he got out, he tried version two! The moral of story is follow your dreams and have the balls to try and try again.

VERDICT: Liked this one!

 

TOP TIPS FROM THE BREWER

  • IPAs usually don’t sell that well in South Africa. In America, however, it outsells Lagers because it tends to be more fruitier than the IPA’s made in South Africa.  We, unfortunately, can’t make ours as fruity as theirs because the hops needed for that are more expensive since you’re getting it from America.
  • How to taste beer: Swirl, don’t dive in. Lightly swing passed nose. 1 second sniff. Cover glass with one hand and swirl then do two second sniff. Then drink beer and exhale through nose (this is called ‘retro nasal’).
  • A Weiss is referred to as a breakfast beer by Germans.
  • Beer on tap always tastes better and is much more fresher than bottled beer. This is because kegs provide protection and tend to rotate faster than bottles. Beer in kegs also doesn’t get any direct sunlight so its temperature fluctuation is slower, especially with hoppy beers. Darker beers do, however, taste better in bottles.
  • All Mad Giant’s beers are dry hopped except for their Weiss. Some beers are more dry hopped than others.
  • When a beer is dark in colour this means it’s made from roasted malt. Darker beers sell well in winter and are also more fitting for winters too.
  • Don’t eat, smoke or wash your hands before tasting beer .
  • ‘Pilsner’ is said to originate from town called Pilsen.

 

Have you attended Beerhouse’s Beer School before? Did you attended this session? What are your thoughts on it? Let me know!

BEER SCHOOL WITH BEERHOUSE AND EMBOMBI

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Beerhouse, in partnership with local craft beer breweries, often host a series of free Beer School sessions where attendees are offered a free beer tasting and discussion session with the respective brewery for that week’s session. Last week’s brewery was Embombi hosted by their brewer, Thabiso.

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[PICTURE COURTESY OF Beerhouse Fourways Facebook page]

ABOUT EMBOMBI
Embombi is a local craft beer brewery based in Kyalami, where they use Brewhogs’ facilities to brew their beer. Their name is derived from the local South African term ‘embombi’ which means ‘let’s have a drink’ or ‘to drink’.

Embombi only uses local ingredients in their beers and, though, they currently only produce and sell their Embombi Premium Lager, they are looking at launching more beers next year – at the moment they brew about 9 000 litres of beer a month and aim to gradually increase this to about 25 000.

Their beers are available in kegs and bottles at about 48 restaurants and their marketing strategy intentionally aims to penetrate restaurants instead of bottles stores, which is why it would probably be hard finding this at your nearest bottle store.

 

ABOUT THE BEER
Embombi Premium Lager

The Embombi Premium Lager takes some time to ferment, which is what results in its fresh, crisp taste. It’s brewed to meet commercial beer and craft beer right in the middle with its smoothness compared to the smoothness of a Stella Artois or a Heineken; whilst its taste has undertones of caramel amber which gives it its fruitiness. Consumers describe its taste as slightly bitter, yet fruity. Thabiso says this is what makes Embombi’s lager unique in SA’s craft beer industry.

VERDICT: I didn’t really enjoy it. My lager doesn’t need to be confused. It should either be bitter or… bitter – not something in-between bitter and fruity but I personally just don’t enjoy fruity beers. But for people who don’t want their craft beer too bitter nor too fruity, it’s perfect!

 

TOP TIPS FROM THE BREWER:

  • Before increasing the local distribution of your beer, it’s important to consider logistics like packaging and local weather conditions during long-distance transportation to avoid issues like your beer going sour by the time it reaches its destination, for example.

 

What do you think of Embombi’s Premium Lager? Let me know!

 

Beer School with Beerhouse and Frontier Beer Company

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Beerhouse, in partnership with local craft beer breweries, often host a series of free Beer School sessions where attendees are offered a free beer tasting and discussion session with the respective brewery for that week’s session. Last week’s brewery was Frontier Beer Company hosted by their brewer, Brendan.

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ABOUT FRONTIER BEER COMPANY
Frontier Beer Company is a craft beer brewery located in Pretoria. Their beers are predominantly available on tap but they’ve just recently started bottling.

 

ABOUT THE BEERS
1. LAGER – 4.6% ABV

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The Frontier Beer Company’s Lager is an old-style lager that’s been brewed to taste familiar and contains more Saaz hops than any other beer in South Africa.  It has no maize and is slightly more bitter than their previous lager.

VERDICT: I really enjoyed this one – very crisp.

 

2. PALE ALE – 5% ABV

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This beer has no name as yet and is referred to by its Saaz hops code at the moment. It is an experimental beer brewed using an SAB hop. This hop would typically be used in ales with a citrus flavour that is quite evident.

VERDICT: I don’t enjoy fruity beers so this one wasn’t quite for me.

 

3. RED RYE ALE – 4.8% ABV

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This is a different kind of amber ale because rye is a key ingredient used during the brewing process. It contains 3 types of rye: pale, caro and roasted rye. This is evident in the hints of coffee/chocolate flavour that comes through while drinking it.

VERDICT: Not my usual but I enjoyed it.

 

4. DOUBLE IPA/Big Boy – 7% ABV

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This IPA is referred to as a Double IPA or the ‘Big Boy” because it contains double the alcohol strength and hops. It is the second highest rated IPA on tap. It’s made to be quite juicy, unfiltered and earthy with hints of pineapple and mango to make it a rounder and more satisfying beer. This is typically a winter IPA.

VERDICT: This one was a bit too fruity for me and didn’t enjoy it much.

 

TOP TIPS FROM THE BREWER:

  • Brewers need to wait to have the right technology for bottling to avoid the beer going bad once it’s been bottled.
  • Hops are difficult to grow in South Africa since it prefers European climates.

 

I’m really going to try and make it to all the scheduled sessions over the next few weeks! Have you attended Beerhouse’s Beer School before? Did you attended this session? What are your thoughts on it? Let me know!

Hanging With Leanne… is feeling annoyed at the SA on Tap Craft Beer, Food and Music Festival

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I can’t even begin to describe how I’d been looking forward to this event for the past few months, liking each and every post on social media like a complete idiot and, sadly, I was annoyed from the moment I stepped in.

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THE EVENT
It’s suppose to be the biggest craft beer spectapular 😒

PRICE
Tickets were R130 online and R150 at the door (if I remember correctly). If you bought your tickets online you got a free beer and obviously a discount, which I thought was awesome! That free beer? You had to go get it at a bar about 5 kms away. Does that honestly make any sense? So that annoyed me from the get-go! Getting upset just thinking about it. Always a thumbs up though for the discount for buying online.

You had to buy tickets according to sessions, which I didn’t like. You don’t want to rush to the event, you don’t want to be limited to the time you are spending at the event and you don’t want to be kicked out of the event.

FOOD & DRINKS
I didn’t really eat because I had already been put off. They did have grilled sandwiches and pizza slices, which looked lovely, and also had those knock-off churro peeps. There was definitely a wide variety of beers available. Wanted to get through all but didn’t because of the time limit – no shocker there! 😒

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Growler Brewing Company Lager and RedAle

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Riot Real Beer Lager Ale

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SETUP & EXPERIENCE
When I heard it’s being held at the Bell Towers section of Monte, I already had my doubts about the setup – and it was horrible. You can’t use that area for a craft beer event. The food section and the beer & music section was completely separate. There was not a lot of seating area available at the beer and music section because they used a tiny patch of grass. There also wasn’t a lot of cover available. We sat in the sun throughout the entire session. I didn’t enjoy this event at all.

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RATING
1/10. This event was horrible. I mentioned it on Facebook and the Facebook Community Manager was an absolute dick, which completely put me off of ever attending the event again! I complained about their behaviour via the SA on Tap website and I’d like to give a huge thank you to Gavin for his wonderful customer care approach. Hoping to give this event a better review next year!

What was your experience at the SA on Tap Craft Beer, Food and Music Festival? Let me know!

Never Thirsty at the Sandton Craft Beer Fair

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I’ve seen this event pop up on my Facebook page over the past few years but I’ve always been too broke to go. Not this year! Even if I was broke I was going to go!

THE EVENT
Sandton Craft Beer Festival is a craft beer and food festival held in Sandton. 2017 was the 5th instalment of the event.

PRICE
It was R200 pp.  I thought it was a bit pricey at first but I think the price was absolutely worth it! Great entertainment, great intimate setup, great venue! I was happy!

FOOD & DRINKS
We ate before we got there – yes, we’re cheap like that – so I didn’t really take note of the food that was available. We did, however, buy churros (MY FAVE!) from some knock off of Paquito’s Treatery. Their churros were decent but they WERE NOT Paquito’s Treatery. I mean who can compare to their milk tart churros (please post me some if you guys see this 😛 ?) The craft beer selection was awesome! Definitely something for every kind of craft beer lover – my personal favourite is the Cream Ale from 3 Fransen Street. And, thumbs up for the branded cups!

SETUP & EXPERIENCE
Everything was awesome! The event was held at The Sands in Sandton and I really enjoyed the intimate setup. When you entered, you had all the food, craft beer stalls and some seating and once you went up to the upper deck (not sure if that’s what you referred to it as) you had a wonderful couch seating area close to the pool and music area (it was my first time at The Sands so excuse me if this is the usual setup). It would, however, have been quite packed if you arrived late.

The entertainment was amazing! They included Jerry and the Bandits (love them!), We Are Charlie, Tidal Waves, Desmond and the Tutus and the act that really took me by surprise was Power of Thought and Greedy Greg (Power of Thought’s hands are SOOOOO soft, ladies!). By far some of the best acts I have seen.

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Greedy Gregg & Power of Thought

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We Are Charlie

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Tidal Waves

RATING
10/10. Loved, loved loved!

What were your thoughts on the the Sandton Craft Beer Fair?

Oyster, Food and Wine Festival 2016 – Monte Casino

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Here’s a bit of a late one!

I have been crazy busy on my side and haven’t had much time (or data) to upload recent event pictures.

Here’s some pictures from this year’s Oyster, Food and Wine Festival 2016 that took place at Monte Casino.

We attended on the Friday which meant ample seating space. Unfortunately, there wasn’t much entertainment. Oysters and wine were great, although, there were many complaints of food poisoning from those who attended on the Saturday and Sunday. That was sad to hear because the oysters we had on the Friday were so fresh and yummy.

The prawns and rice was tasty too but I have to say that garlic butter prawns would’ve been so much better.

The cheese we had from Lorian’s Cheeses was fresh and tasty as usual. You can never go wrong with them!

We bought a bottle of champagne as well. I, unfortunately, can’t comment on whether it was good or not because I’m not really one for champagne.

Yes, it is months later (apologies!!!) but how did you find this year’s Oyster, Food and Wine Festival?

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Leanne

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