Thursday beers: Woodstock Brewery in Cape Town

It’s been a while since I last did a Friday Beers post, and the more observant among you might have noticed that this isn’t one either. But there’s a good reason for that. While Friday is always a good day to drink beer, at Woodstock Brewery, Thursday is an even better day. Why I hear you ask? Well, my inquisitive reader (maybe even readers – who knows!!?) I shall tell you.

a taster tray of craft beers at a brewery in cape townThursday at Woodstock Brewery is small batch release day. It might not happen every single Thursday, but more often than not, the brew crew release 50-100 litres or so of whatever head brewer Tinus Lottering has thought up. The beer goes on tap on Thursday (and is usually sold out before the weekend), with a very limited number of cans available to take home.

Craft beer is all about variety and I often say that if a craft brewer hasn’t released a new beer in the past six months, then they’re doing it wrong. Woodstock, therefore, are clearly doing it right. So far this year they’ve released 23 new beers, including a chocolate orange milk stout, 8.1% imperial lager, kveik nitro IPA and a super low-ABV black IPA. This week it’s a double launch, with two beer-wine hybrids being released – Wahira, a wood-aged imperial red ale and Jim Jones, a golden ale, both fermented with wine yeast.

Woodstock’s naming strategy is all about sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll. Some of them I get (mostly when they’re named for Guns n’ Roses songs). Many of them I do not, not least because Tinus’s musical knowledge is rather more expansive than mine (pretty sure I have him beat on 80s song lyrics though). He actually spends a lot of time coming up with the names, so if you get them and you love them, drop Woodstock a note to let them know. I am going to try and actually get some work done today and not spend all afternoon working out whether the golden ale is a reference to the suicide cult founder or the American rapper (yes, I’ve been on Wikipedia already)…

a pint of pilsner at woodstock craft brewery in cape townWoodstock excels at keeping fans informed on their social media channels, so follow them  on Facebook, Instagram and even the platform I quite like to call Xitter these days, to find out what’s happening each week in the small batch department. But weird, once-off beers aren’t the only reason to frequent Woodstock Brewery. They’re particularly known for their live music offering, with bands playing most Fridays and Saturdays. Indeed, Tinus is a musician as well as a brewer and will be playing drums with Mötley Brüe at Rock ‘n’ Hops  Fest on 10 September. More on Mötley Brüe here…

Woodstock’s upstairs beerhall has a great menu of beer bites – I particularly recommend the maple-glazed bacon – and of course the regular line-up of beers on tap, including the always good Happy Pils and my beloved Mr Brownstone.

Hope to see you there later for a beer-wine hybrid, or perhaps next Sunday for a few pints of pilsner with a side of rock.

Woodstock Brewery is open Mon-Fri 12pm until 11pm, Saturday from 10am and Sunday 12pm-6pm. You’ll find them at 252 Albert Road in Woodstock, Cape Town.

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