Our Stranded Coconut beer is drifting to Milwaukee, Wisconsin!
The connection to this wonderful cheese and beer-filled state is through our Drifter sales legend, Zan, who hails from there. While studying in Milwaukee, Zan also worked at Lakefront Brewery - a microbrewery located on the Milwaukee River that is currently celebrating it's 30th year in business.
A couple of months ago, Lakefront's head brewer, Ross, got in touch with Zan because he was planning a trip to South Africa -- which is when the ideas started churning about doing a brew exchange. In early September, the famous Lakefront Eastside Dark Lager was brewed at Drifter and then two weeks later Nick flew to Milwaukee to brew our Stranded Coconut Ale on their system.
We're excited for our South African folk to taste the delicious Eastside Dark Lager in November's League of Beers mixed case!
We became involved in the SheLovesBeer initiative in July of 2016 as momentum started gaining across the country to highlight and uplift not only women in the beer industry, but also women who just like a damn tasty cold brew...and not one that's marketed in pink labelling or with fruity flavours! Towards the end of last year, Drifter was asked if they'd be on board to partner with an inspiring woman in South Africa to collaborate and make a limited edition beer in celebration of International Woman's Day in March. We of course said hell yeah - and so did four other breweries, including Agar's Brewery, Apollo Brewing Co., Mad Giant Brewery and Copperlake Brewery.
It was complete random chance that Tasha came into our lives right as we were looking at who to partner with. We were out to dinner with two friends visiting from California who Nick hadn't seen in years. They were talking about their trip and this amazing person they had met who took them out surfing and exploring. The conversations that evening kept circling back to Tasha and Nick and I knew this was the person we needed on board for the project. Once we anchored down some time with her, she was super stoked to get involved.
Tasha grew up in Durban and started surfing at a young age. As she got older she entered the pro-surfing world. The ocean has always been her passion, even as she pursued other career options (band manager, events coordinator). Now she’s at a point where she can be a bit of an entrepreneur and choose the opportunities that inspire and motivate her. Currently her focus is on being the coach for the South African Adaptive Surf Team. We feel lucky and honoured to be partnering with a woman making incredible waves in this country.
About The Stoked Saison:
Tasha came up with the idea to use litchis in the beer as she grew up as a kid snacking on them at the beach after a surf. We decided a dry, crisp saison style beer would work well with the litchi flavour.
About the Collectables Series:
SheLovesBeer partnered with Havas Johannesburg, to craft the beautiful labels, showcasing each of the muses and brews, telling their stories and showing that ordinary women have the power to be their own heroes and change the conversation around women and beer.
R2 of each bottle sale is going towards a bursary aimed to create opportunities for women in the beer industry. The Collectables will be launched in March 2017 in partnership with Beerhouse and League of Beers, where you can purchase these beautiful beers!
Many many many thanks to Eve Pennington and Hayley Slater for the inspiration and dedication to making this project come to life!
There's no doubt about it - breweries use a LOT of water. Not only is beer obviously made from water, but the entire process from the malt and hop crop cultivation to brewing and cleaning to manufacturing and delivery -- all suck up a hell of a lot of H2O. Cape Town is currently in a drought and everyone needs to cut back on their usage and wastage as much as possible. Check out Johnny Miller's drone video of Theewaterskloof Dam for a dismal overview of what we are talking about.
At Drifter, here is what we are currently doing to save water and areas where we can improve.
What we are doing already:
How we can improve:
Read the full manual on Water and Waste Water Sustainability by the Brewers Association to see what you can implement into your microbrewery today!
Put a bunch of brewers and brew friends in one remote town for the weekend and this the result...
Even though the main reason for us trekking out to Wilderness was to partake in the Thousand Sensations Festival, it also happened to be Nick's birthday weekend so overall, it was quite a celebration. We were able to spend a pretty epic three days with our fellow brewers and friends - dressing up, dancing in the kitchen of our Air BnB, hiking along abandoned railroad tracks, kayaking up to a waterfall, and of course tasting different beers and drinking a lot of them...and then nursing our hangovers.
We met wonderful folks at the festival and it was great seeing the microbreweries who are representing the Garden Route, such as Sedgefield Brewery. We look forward to further expansion of Drifter out that direction and hopefully more frequent trips to that beautiful part of South Africa as well!
Test your knowledge of Game of Thrones this Friday evening at the brewery!
We will enjoy two hours of easy to medium levelled trivia (with a couple zingers for those who know what the R.R. stands for in George's name).
- Minimum 1 person and maximum 6 people in a team
- R125 per a ticket which includes your entry to trivia, a gourmet sausage roll (veggie options available), and a pint of Drifter Beer!
- Please present your barcoded ticket at the door
- Prizes for the top two winning teams!
- Dress up is encouraged! There will be a prize for the best dressed team!!
Facebook event and Quicket ticket link
Meet The Brewers is back with the Grass Roots Edition. Five brewers, five beers, five stories of passion and hard work, five food pairings and one night you don't want to miss. Tickets available on Quicket!
These past few months have been very busy for the Drifter team both on the brewing side of things and the equipment installations side. We have installed two more breweries (in Limpopo and Barrydale) as well as a fermentation capacity upgrade at Woodstock Brewery.
We have also just launched our newest beer - the Legend Lager which has been getting great feedback!
We are also happy to announce that we now also distribute to Durban, Johannesburg, Namibia and various coastal towns on the East coast of RSA.
It's an exciting time for Drifter! We did our first proper brew on the new system a few weeks ago and now the tanks are full and ready to be bottled and kegged, which is roughly 5000 litres of deliciousness. Wonder where you can get your hands on some? Check out this list to see the restaurants and bottles stores we're in, both here in Cape Town and in Johannesburg. You'll also see us at all the upcoming beer festivals, include Cape Town Festival of Beers, Beers and Gears, My-Brew and more.
SUNDAY JULY 26th 11am-8pm R30 in advance on Quicket or R50 at the door
at MASON'S PRESS (7 Ravenscraig Rd. Woodstock)
Woodstock is becoming known as the craft beer mecca in Cape Town and it's time we had a festival in our own neighbourhood!
Each brewery listed below will not only have their tried and true classic series, but they'll also be serving up unique dark winter beers that were brewed specifically for this festival...think peanut butter porter or bourbon vanilla stout.
- RIOT Beer
- Woodstock Brewery
- Atlantic Storm Brewery
- Harfield Beer Company
- Stickman Brewery
- Stone Circle Brewery
- Drifter Brewing Company
- Apollo Brewing Company
- Brewers Co-op
- BeerFly Brewery
- Hoogeberg Breweries
- VonB Craft Beer
- Lakeside Beerworks
- Everson's Cider
- Long Beach Brewery
- Sir Thomas Brewing Co
- The Mill & Press
- The Local Grill Woodstock
- Wicked Waffles
- Tacos Locos
- Wing It (chicken wings)
- The Grubbery
- JACK RABBiT
- Tailgate Foods
- Hungry Bear
- DJ Mava and the Doodlers
- Dan Valley & The Countrymen
- Stone Jets
- The Royal Commoners
- Don't Pic Nic
At the festival, we'll also be collecting donations for Haven Night Shelter Napier Street Cape Town. This time of year is particularly hard for those without homes. Please bring one or more of the following to donate:
- sweater, jackets
- gloves, beanie hats
- toiletries (toothbrush, toothpaste, shampoo, conditioner)
- lightly used clothes (shirts, pants, skirts, dresses)
- non perishable food
We are partnering with BEERGUEVARA to set up this intimate winter beer festival.
I recently got back from a trip to China where my friend Sean and I went to inspect brewing equipment. Neither of us had been to China before and we were both blown away by the country. We started off in Beijing where we spent two days as tourists, exploring the city and visiting the very impressive Great Wall. After a dinner of scorpions, we had the pleasure of tasting a wide-range of exceptional beers at Slow Boat Brewery.
Then it was business time. We took the famous Chinese bullet train to Jinan, the capital city of Shendong province. Traveling at speeds exceeding 300 km/h, Sean decided to choose the VIP meal on the train for lunch which consisted of some mystery delicious chicken beak.
Upon arrival in Jinan we were met by our lovely Chinese contacts, Robert and Ada who whisked us away from the train station in the crazy traffic. We spent the rest of that afternoon touring their factories and getting to know each other even with the intense language barrier. Over the next few days, during our many business lunches and dinners, we drank great beer and negotiated for our equipment purchase. The service and support our contacts in Jinan gave us was exceptional, and I would recommend their equipment for anyone starting a brewery (contact us for details).
Our final mission was to Shanghai where Sean and I were flying out of back to Cape Town. Shanghai was unlike any of the other places we visited in China. Lumo blue lights lit up the highways at night and skyscrapers surrounded us everywhere. One of our final highlights was visiting two brilliant breweries, Boxing Cat and Shanghai Brewery. The trip to China proved to be not only productive for Drifter, but also a fascinating place to be a tourist in.