Monthly Archives: July 2016

Tuk Tuk microbrewery and brewpub, Franschhoek, South Africa

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While I was in Franschooek I visited the Tuk Tuk microbrewery. This is part of the Leeu Collection, and it’s a collaboration with CBC (Cape Brewing Company), one of South Africa’s leading craft breweries.

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I met with brewmaster Dewald Goosen (pictured above with his partner Romy) to taste through some of the beers and find out about the project.

The beers are brewed on site in a state of the art microbrewery. Dewald is employed by CBC, but he’s making the beers here different to the regular CBC range. There are very few brewpubs like this, where the beer is all made on site.

It’s an exciting phase for the relatively new South African craft brewing culture. ‘I think in the next 5 years we are going to see many changes, and very interesting beers coming out of South African breweries.’

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Tuk Tuk Pale Ale
4.8% alcohol
Galaxy and Cascade hops. Classic American-style pale ale. Tangy, citrussy and tart with lovely complexity. 7.5/10

Tuk Tuk Dunkel (dark lager)
5% alcohol
Made from a special dehusked roasted malt, Carafa Type 1. Brown/bronze colour. Malty and rich with toffee and chocolate notes. Very rich with a warm edge to the palate, and some sweet apple notes. Has some malt sweetness. 7.5/10

Tuk Tuk Weizen
5.2% alcohol
This is brilliant. Made from Southern Passion (a South African hop) and Amarillo. Very fruity and lively with amazing zippy notes and some lively fruitiness. Lemons, white pepper, spice. Some sweetness and a fruity personality, with real interest. So lovely. 9/10

 

 

Strange Fellows Brewing Reynard Oud Bain, Vancouver, Canada

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Strange Fellows Brewing is a relatively new¬†East Vancouver (Canada) craft brewery, and this is a really interesting beer, which I drank with Brent Muller of Victoria’s Vessel Liquor Store. It’s an Oud Bruin (translates as Old Brown), which is a Flemish style of ale that combines sour elements with more standard brown ale characters, with a distinctive personality from spending a long time in oak barrels. This is such a distinctive beer, but it’s really lovely and the rather disparate flavour elements all mesh well.

Strange Fellows Brewing Reynard Oud Bruin, Vancouver, Canada
6.5% alcohol
Brown colour with a copper edge. This has lovely balance. It tastes of apples, pears and spice with a sour cherry character. Very fruity with lively acidity, and it’s quite wine like, with some blackcurrant hints and dried fruits. 9/10