[interview] The Kennel Brewery – Showcasing at Stellenbosch Craft Beer Festival

[interview] The Kennel Brewery - Showcasing at Stellenbosch Craft Beer Festival

100% Natural 100% Handcrafted.Big Beers Brewed In Small Batches. Born & Supplied in Durbanville & Surrounds.

We had a chat with the guys from The Kennel Brewery, who will be at the Stellenbosch Craft Beer Festival this year. We discussed the challenges for local micro-breweries, how they got started, as well as predicting their best seller for the festival. Please do give it a read:

Interview: The Kennel Brewery

[interview] The Kennel Brewery - Showcasing at Stellenbosch Craft Beer Festival

MA: Hello Guys, its a pleasure to be chatting to you. Everyone doing well?

Hi,can’t complain this side.

MA: Would you mind giving us a quick introduction to The Kennel Brewery, tell us where in SA are you from and how the brewery got started?

The Kennel brewery is a off-consumption-nano brewery in Durbanville, focusing on simple, delicious and unpretentious beers. Big beers (660ml) brewed ins small batches. 100% natural, 100% handcrafted. The brewing bug bit brewer/owner Paul Freysen in 2012. He acquired a basic brewing kit, brewed a batch and continued doing so with the aim of always bettering his previous attempt.

Over  years and countless batches, he honed and tested his recipes and methods to the delight of his family and friends. Some always gave their most honest opinions, while others were overly complimentary of his brews in hopes of securing more of it. After all, a friend sincere is a friend who’s dear, but a friend with beer is better.

MA: How many years has The Kennel Brewery been around for? 
We’ve open now  for 6 months give or take.
MA: What are the beers that you offer at your brewery?
We have 5 styles of Beer namely:
1. St.Beernard – California commom
2. Alesatian – IPA
3. Porter Collie – Smoked Porter
4. Maltyeast Poodle – Witbier
5. Lagerdor – India Red Lager.
[interview] The Kennel Brewery - Showcasing at Stellenbosch Craft Beer Festival
MA: What have been some of the major challenges for your brewery over the years?

Only being open for a short period we haven’t had any big challenges as yet but as the season picks up we can see that keeping up with production/demand might become a factor. At the moment I have a 8 – 5 from Mondays to Fridays so the beer thing is on Saturdays and Sundays with deliveries in the week. So hopefully one day I can swop my “real job” for my “dream job”.

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? 
Yes definitely, people are more open minded these days to trying more different things en styles. If you go look at the stats, consumption of darker beers (stouts and porters) has also picked up were in the past the sales on those styles weren’t as good.
MA: You will have a stand at the Stellenbosch Craft Beer Festival this year, are you excited for the festival? 
Yes,this will be our first beer festival so we are pretty excited and keen on meeting everyone.
STELLENBOSCH CRAFT BEER FESTIVAL
MA: Lets make a prediction… which of your beers would be the best seller on the day? 
I think probably our Maltyeast Poodle which won a silver medal at this years SA National Beer Tropy Awards – But between those 5 styles their is something for everyone.
MA: Thank you for your time.

Only a pleasure.

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