It’s the start of a brand new decade, and there’s no time like the present to start developing a taste for beer. Not just any beer, either. The revival of the roaring twenties is the time to delve into the delicious delights of craft beer. You don’t even need to venture too far from your backyard. In fact, when it comes to craft beer, the best place to start is close to home, at your local craft brewery. Local is lekker, after all. But, if you still need convincing, we can give you five fantastic reasons to seek out your nearest brewers and sip their cold crafts.
There’s no denying – small businesses need the support of their community, and your local craft brewery is no exception. Craft brewers put their heart and soul into their business, going to great lengths to perfect their product. And, you’re not only helping a small business grow, but you’re also contributing to your local economy. At 1000 Hills Brewing Company, we’re more than just a local craft brewery – we’re a family. As part of 1000 Hills Chef School, we approach our craft with flavour and food pairing in mind. Not to mention, we’re inspiring the next generation – our advanced students all complete a brewing course as part of their studies. Long live craft beer!
When it comes to craft brewing, it’s not the number of beers you produce that counts, but the quality – with flavour at the top of the checklist. A delightful tasting experience is one thing you’re always guaranteed when visiting your local craft brewery. While commercial brewers pump out the same recipe batch after batch, craft brewers experiment with different ingredients. (Explore the difference between craft beer and commercial beer.) For a craft brewery, the result is all about the complex nuances of flavour, and their customers’ enjoyment, of course. We, particularly, love exploring different flavour combinations with our Deli exclusive, The Rebel, which has been a blonde ale, a Trappist, and an award-winning salted popcorn caramel, to name a few.
Flavoursome brews aren’t the only highlight of visiting your local brewery. You’ll also find an exciting range of styles. Gone are the days of choosing between lager or lager. Now there are Belgian beers, pilsners, pale ales, blondes, IPAs and more. Brewers can also combine styles to create a hybrid of two. We love experimenting with styles, using the pale ale style as our starting point. Discover how we style our brew crew here.
If flavour and variety aren’t enough, the food and beer pairing will have you hooked. That’s right, food and craft beer are a match made in heaven. Pair the right beer profile with the right dish and the enhanced flavours will blow you away. As we’ve already mentioned, we’re rather passionate about pairing our craft flavours with food. Our student-run deli opens on weekends, offering a carefully planned menu and craft beer on tap. The menu changes with each syllabus, providing new flavourful beer and food combos to whet your palate.
Are you ready to be blown away by the last reason to head down to your local craft brewery? Craft beer is healthy! (In moderation, of course). Thanks to a selection of natural and quality ingredients, craft beers are full of beneficial nutrients, antioxidants, vitamins and fibre. All which are great for your health. (Read about how you can boost your health with the benefits of beer.)
Now that you’ve worked up a thirst, you better book a table at your local craft brewery, 1000 Hills Brewing Company. Our Deli and Microbrewery opens Friday, Saturday and Sunday, from 8:30 am until 4 pm. We’ll also give you a complimentary tasting if you’re struggling to decide which of our flavours is for you. Call 031 777 1566 to book a table.