For all the news on Clarens Brewery, the only micro-brewery in the Free State, South Africa. Fans of hand-crafted, fine beers and cider can get first-hand updates. Lets get to know them a bit better, ahead of the Capital Craft Beer Festival 2018
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For more information, check their website: http://www.clarensbrewery.co.za/
MA: Hello Guys, it’s a pleasure to be chatting to you. Everyone doing well?
We’re all good here thanks! The autumn colours in Clarens are beautiful, winter is on it’s way and we’re planning our winter beer range.
MA: Would you mind giving us a quick introduction to Clarens Brewery, tell us where in SA are you from and how the brewery got started?
We are based in Clarens, one of the most beautiful villages in the country. Our brewer, Stephan Meyer, is a true beer lover and was blown away by the variety of beers during a trip to the UK in the early 90’s and could not wait to start brewing his own. We initially joined the PTA Worthogs, brewing at home before we decided to give it a go commercially. Our pure fruit ciders were born of a need to use all the fruits of our apple and cherry orchards and making cider is so much more fun than making jam!
MA: How many years has Clarens Brewery been around for?
We celebrated our 11th birthday as a commercial brewery this past December
MA: What are the beers that you offer at your brewery?
We have 7 standard beers and a couple seasonal offerings. The standards are Blonde, English Ale, Red, Stout, Weiss, IPA, APA and White APA. Our seasonal offerings depend on the season (obviously!) and ingredients we get our hands on. We brew a SMaSH in the summer, Porter and Trappist-Style Ales in the winter, and have once-off brewer’s special on tap most of the time.
MA: What have been some of the major challenges for your brewery over the years?
Initially it was access to equipment and ingredients as the industry was growing. Currently we challenge ourselves to brew beers that are on par with the excellent, innovative beers being brewed in SA at the moment whilst still having a range available for people new to the craft beer experience that will hook them at the first sip.
MA: Micro-Breweries and locally made beer is fast becoming in demand and highly attractive. How have you seen the change in mind-set of our local beer drinking South Africans over the past few years?
Absolutely! Where 10 years ago people stuck to beers that resembled commercially available lagers, they now come in and ask how many IPAs we have in our stable.
MA: You will have a stand at the Capital Craft Beer Festival this year, are you excited for the festival?
Of course! This festival is a high light in our year. We call Capital Craft our second home, so this is like visiting family. Pretoria peeps know their beer and are a lot of fun to hang out with.
MA: Let’s make a prediction… which of your beers would be the best seller on the day?
Our Clarens Goes Nuts Hazelnut Ale is always a winner, and we have something special for this festival…. Watch this space.
MA: Thank you for your time.
Thank you! We can’t wait for the festival!