Ale is a type of beer brewed using a warm fermentation method, resulting in a sweet, full-bodied and fruity taste. Historically, the term referred to a drink brewed without hops.
As with most beers, ale typically has a bittering agent to balance the sweetness of the malt and act as a preservative. Ale was originally bittered with gruit, a mixture of herbs or spices boiled in the wort before fermentation. Later, hops replaced gruit as the bittering agent.
Inspired by the Greater Flamingo
Easy drinking, bursting with fresh fruity aromas and flavours. A true feast for your senses.
This straw coloured grapefruit pale ale is a collaborative brew with Riot Beer. The beer has a light body and a minimal sweetness to balance the beer with natural grapefruit extract. A medium to low bitterness with a subtle grapefruit and citrus hop flavour, especially in the aftertaste. Hop aromas are predominantly citrus, with a pine/resin background and a subtle grapefruit aroma.
Pearl Rose is inspired by the greater flamingo (Phoenicopterus roseus). The greater flamingo is instantly recognizable due to its colourful pink plumage, contrasting red shoulders and long, thin neck and legs. They are the most widespread species of the flamingo family found in Africa. Their current threats include pollution, lead poisoning and habitat loss due to harbour and industrial development or drainage of wetlands for agriculture.
With the very real global threat of climate change and habitat destruction, the world is in great need of more balance and nurture. In popular culture, Flamingos have come to symbolize grace, beauty, balance and femininity – traits which could very much assist us in strengthening our resilience and action against the current situation in which we find ourselves.
Inspired by the Plains Zebra.
A not too edgy pale ale with a mild body and a hint of straw and honey on the palate. This all combines in an easy drinking, balanced to perfection to beer.
Arguably one of the most characteristic savannah species with its black and white hide. There are 6 sub species on the continent, once widely spread in Africa covering fast home ranges. Most of these migration routes have been stopped through human encroachment and fencing for disease control. Heavy hunting for the stunning hide and tail over the last 20 years has resulted in certain species being listed as endangered by CITES. Ten of thousands where illegally hunted in Zimbabwe during the farm confiscation by greedy South African hunters.
This is a “Champagne supernova” moment
Inspired by the Southern Ground Hornbill
A generous India Pale Ale bursting with juicy citrus flavours. The beer is well defined and leaves a lingering sensation with an easy drinking temperament.
6.5% alc-45 Ibu
Southern Ground Hornbills are characterized by the black colouration and vivid red patches of bare skin on the face and throat. They life in savannah habitat of short grass for foraging and big trees for nesting.
The Southern Ground Hornbill’s loud call has made it a focal point in many African cultures, hence the name Thunder Bird. Historically there where taboos with killing these birds, however these have weakened with the modernization of Africa. The hornbill was a symbol the rainy season and this may have been a factor in hunting taboos.
Owing to large scale clearing of habitat for agriculture and the birds slow reproductive rate it is now listed as critically endangered in South Africa.
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For when you “Jealous Again”
Inspired by the Roan Antelope
An assertive rusty brown ale with plenty spicey hopping. An impressive beer leaving your mouth filled with a range of flavours. It leaves you feeling like you have tasted something special.
Roan Antelope-Hippotragus Equinus
The Riddle of Rare Antelope
Formerly one of Africa’s most widely distributed antelope on the savannas, where water was adequate, now with less than 70 left in the Kruger National Park and drastically declining numbers on the continent this antelope is endangered.
Highly gregarious and shy, Roan are the second largest antelope in Africa. They are territorial and notoriously aggressive, and will protect their young against any predator. The major threat to the species is the blockage to age old migration routes which it is believed to be depriving of vital minerals, as well as habitat loss and uncontrolled poaching in unprotected areas.
Great for ”When morning turns to night”
Inspired by the Verreaux’s Eagle
A brooding bottle conditioned Blacker than Black Ale which bellows out roasted beckonings. Sexy singed grains coat the palate inviting you to take another sip.
A majestic raptor found in the mountains throughout Africa. Often like mist never seen. Thought to be fairly safe from threats as it lives high in the mountains, recent surveys show a alarming distribution range reduction. A project has been set up to better understand the situation and birdwatchers are encouraged to report their findings to http://sabap2.adu.org.za. Many birds of prey still suffer heavy persecution through illegal poisoning, habitat destruction, illegal animal trade and being knocked over by vehicles.
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For when you have “Sympathy For The Devil”
Inspired by the Black Rhino
A silky smooth Imperial India Pale Ale, full bodied and bursting with hops and flavour.
Once abundant from the Cape to the northern parts of South Africa and Namibia, this prehistoric looking animal was hunted to extinction in the 1850’s in South Africa.
The African population was hunted from around 70,000 to below 2500 in 1990. Animals were bought in from zoos around the world to breed with the population that was left to bring in genetic diversity. The population has grown to around 5000 animals, but is still critically endangered.
An age old mythical tradition from the far east is once again decimation the rhino population.
Inspired by the African Buffalo
The Godfather rye IPA was first launched at the 2017 Clarens Craft Beer Festival. A heavily dry hopped IPA, the spiciness of the rye interacts with the resinous hop aromas. A hint of freshy fruitness shines through.
The African Buffalo is one the big 5 on the continent. It is also one of the most dangerous on the plains of Africa, able to take on predators as fierce as the lion. They are gregarious herbivores in love with eating soft green grass and wallowing in mud baths. They have become a major target for trophy hunters wanting to shoot individuals with a boss of more than 42 inches, with their populations declining due to over hunting.