the league of beers – craft beer delivered to your door

The brainchild of Cape Town entrepreneurs and craft beer lovers Rob Heyns, Nzeka Biyela and Manie Potgieter the League of Beers is a first for South Africa – and an awesome first it is too.

Simply settle back in your favourite chair, order a selection of the finest brews from well-known and lesser-known breweries – think Three Skulls, Triggerfish, Devil’s Peak, Jack Black and more, and wait for delivery.

Here’s what we love about them (besides the beer, of course):

  • Beers are sold in batches of 12 and can be ordered as a mixed case.
  • The mixed case changes monthly.
  • You can make once-off orders – no account needed.
  • Delivery is free!

We love user-friendly convenience.

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beer & braai tuesdays at tjing tjing

Beer & Braai Tuesdays is the latest weekly event at Tjing Tjing and starts on Tuesday, 19 February at 6:30pm.

R120 per person gets you delicious braai eats on the rooftop along with a tutored beer tasting by Martin of Keg King. The tasting will include at least 5 x 100ml beer tasters each time. The braai menu will tie in with whichever beers are up for tasting that week.

Tickets are limited to just 40 per event, so booking is essential. Call Tjing Tjing on 021 422 4920 or contact them via Twitter

Tjing Tjing will trade as normal for those who would prefer not to braai.

TJING TJING
021 422 4920
165 Longmarket Street, Cape Town
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99 bottles of beer on the wall: beerhouse opens in long street

A new restaurant and bar that opened in Long Street last week is a beer enthusiast’s nirvana. Beerhouse offers 16 taps and 99 bottles of local and international beers, snacks and meals.

Randolf Jorberg brought on board Murray Slater as the beer house wizard while Maxwell Jansen and his team will ensure your Beerhouse experience is exceptional and keeps you coming back for more.

The beers themselves are carefully selected from around the world and South Africa. You’ll find an ever-expanding selection of Ale, Weiss, Stout, Lager, Belgian, India Pale Ale, Bitters and Lambic beers, to name just a few, and four of the 16 taps will showcase different craft beers. Excellent news is that Beerhouse aims to showcase and support local micro-breweries, giving them a podium on which to shine. Of course there will also be non-alcoholic beverages, as well as wine and ciders.

Food offered is an assortment of local and international snack baskets and bigger meals for the more hungry, all prepared to perfection by Jean and her team of chefs.

The venue reflects the beverage they aim to exalt, from the colours to the bar top decorated with over 5,000 bottle caps and in the centre hall you can view an installation that pays homage to the popular drinking song ’99 bottles’ that actually includes 99 bottles.

What’s that we hear? The collective cheer of the city’s beer lovers, we reckon.

BEERHOUSE
021 424 3370
223 Long St, Cape Town
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the house of machines

Brainchild of Vida é caffe and Brewers & Union co-Founder Brad Armitage, fashion designer Paul van der Spuy and long-term custom bike builder and serial entrepreneur Drew Madacsi, The House of Machines (THoM) is a space encompassing a philosophy that, as they put it in their own words, “complements the kind of lives we like to live. We’ve combined things we really dig and think others would like too.”

And boy, do we dig it!

From the organic single-estate arabica coffee, Evil Twin, that reigns all the way from Honduras to the cashew granola and avo on toast to the THoM apparel. There’s also Izola’s range of manly essentials like hip flasks and pocket knives, Field Notes stationary and grooming products from Baxter of California – a first for SA.

At the back of the space enclosed in glass is the heart of THoM, La Macchina Speed Shop, where you’ll find your next, or first, hand built café racer, street tracker or bobber.

Visit here on a Thursday or Friday night and you’ll feel as if you’ve skipped back to the time of the prohibition when THoM takes on its Speakeasy alter ego. The windows are boarded up and on offer is a hand-selected range of small batch spirits and craft beers that they’ve sourced from the US.

The House of Machines
84 Shortmarket St.
Cape Town
+27 21 426 1400

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The Legendary Van Hunks

In Cape Town’s City Bowl you will find the eclectic Kloof street, home to many exquisite restaurants, pubs and a scattering of curio stores. Van Hunks resides on this street where Kloof meets Upper Union. The quaint restaurant is the namesake of a retired pirate in the tale of how Table Mountain got its cloud.

The legendary folk-tale tells of Jan Van Hunks, a Dutch pirate who settled at the foot of the mountain in the early 1700s. Jan was a frequent smoker and his wife eventually forced him to leave the house and smoke his pipe outside. It was on one of these occasions that he met a tall mysterious man dressed in black. He was also smoking a pipe at the foot of the mountain and after engaging about how often they smoked, the man made a wager with Jan and the two men fell into a pipe-smoking duel. The smoke began to rise and cover the mountain and Jan had just about won the duel when his competitor was revealed to be the Devil himself. This is – according to legend – how Devil’s peak got its name.

Van Hunks has a spectacular view of Devil’s Peak and Table Mountain as well as a wide selection of exceptional craft beer on tap, including the iconic Van Hunks Pumpkin Ale and the equally popular Fokof Lager. Upon entering the restaurant, you are greeted by a crackling fire and friendly staff in the charming lounge section with a rich bourgeois interior that is both warm and inviting. To the right of the reception area is a closed bar with large glass windows to conceal the smoke and noise without cutting off the ambience of the restaurant. A charming indoor seating area leads out to the much larger and welcoming outdoor deck – a section often used for large functions that flows through to the smoking area overlooking the nightlife in Kloof.

There are almost too many specials to mention but the most appealing would have to be the lunch specials from Mondays to Saturdays between 11.30am and 3pm. One may select 2 meals on the daily lunch menu for R90 or have a single meal for R60. Monday brings the R40 pizza special and the Tuesday rib special is highly recommended by regulars who commend the quality and tenderness of the slow-roasted pork belly ribs served with chips and onion rings. The 500g rib portion comes at R120 and the 250g at a surprisingly low R80.

For those out to have a good night, you can take advantage of the 2-for-1 Tequila special during the daily Happy Hour from 5pm to 7pm. The menu has a wide variety of wines, including some viognier, chenin and malbec and beer lovers are spoilt for choice with Jack Black and CBC draughts on tap and a range of interesting ales and beers from all over the world – even some local ale such as the Long Beach Green Room pale ale from Noordhoek and Sxollie, a local cider fermented like a wine with apples from the Elgin Valley.

Enjoy incredible cuisine, craft beer and a wonderful atmosphere down at Van Hunks and watch the Tablecloth settle on the mountain from the deck.

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021 422 5422
info@vanhunks.co.za
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Best Pubs in Cape Town

The Mother City has an appreciation for those people who love their liquor, whether it be in small or big doses and she accommodates for both very well. The city bowl and its surrounds are scattered with pubs and the locals of Cape Town know the awesome adventure that pub crawling can be. Some individuals appreciate finding their favourite pub that has everything in one place and they don’t really have to lift their buttocks unnecessarily unless when nature calls or home does. The pubs mentioned below are truly some of the most comprehensively ideal spots in Cape Town, if we dare say, the world.

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Saturday Market at The Palms

Hustle and bustle and colourful delicacies everywhere you look. Delicious aromas swirl around you as you drift between all the interestingly flavorful wares on offer. One of the cleanest, most well kept markets by far; Market at The Palms is a mouthwatering experience for a Saturday morning. Continue reading “Saturday Market at The Palms”

5 Things To Do In Cape Town

If you’re ‘new’ or ‘old’ to Cape Town, there will always be a time to wonder what to do.

If you have not yet been up to the highest point of Table Mountain, with the luxurious 360 Degree Panoramic View from the Cable Car then it is definitely time to add this to your bucket list. Table Mountain also has a wonderful little restaurant right at the top which is always a nice way to treat yourself whether you have made the climb or viewed the breathtaking scenery from the cable car ride.

Then to the lowest peak, there is Robben Island; a must venture for all who are familiar with the great hero and late father of South Africa’s long walk to freedom, Nelson Mandela.

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Ten best things to do at night in Cape Town

Every city and place on earth changes when the sun sets. The mother city does so with an elegant graceful beauty that gives visitors and locals incredibly exquisite sunsets to red carpet their entrance into the nightlife that she offers up with butterflies in every stomach for the intensely wide variety of entertainment that rises when the day falls. Clubs, pubs, theatres and night excitement in Cape Town is an entire world on its own and has been reviewed as being just as captivating to the soul as the exquisite beauty that the day offers to those who find themselves in the bosom of the mother city.

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Perseverance Tavern

The rich history of Cape Town has been preserved in many a place in the Mother City, Perseverance Tavern is one of these places. From 1808, weary travellers that docked at van Riebeeck jetty would come to stay at Perseverance Tavern in what was known as Slave’s walk, now called Buitekant Street.

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