To me, all beer tastes the same, “like beer”, but apparently there is quite a lot to appreciate and many different ways of making our national drink.
In an effort to promote the microbrewery industry of Johannesburg, a cafe-come-pub in the Jo’burg city centre has started a hunt for the best “unknown” beer in the area.
The Chalkboard Cafe in Fox Street has a lot to offer – It’s a vibey venue in an area gaining in popularity, with its neighbours being the Pata-Pata restaurant, the Bioscope and the weekly Arts on Main and Market on Main.
On the eve of Human Rights Day, Chalkboard Cafe hosted round 1 of their personal challenge to seek a new label to add to their already impressive beer repertoire.
The entrants produced a diverse array of choices – from Indian and American Pale Ale’s, through Irish Stouts and Coffee Stouts to an Austrian Weiss. Also in the mix was a natural Ginger Beer which included only grocery store ingredients being water, ginger, lemon and yeast (which packed quite a punch!).
The night was abuzz with the conversations of self proclaimed connoisseurs discussing their likes and dislikes whilst arguing about which hops were tops.
After a few more similar evenings in the near future, the winners of each event will go into a final night of tasting and voting and the winner will have the opportunity to brew under the license of the Chalkboard Cafe, as a new addition to their menu.
What a fantastic initiative to promote local business and make an enjoyable night out at the same time!
Well done to all those involved.