And it was pretty stock standard.  However, and i’m deviating from the theme here but it’s so worth it.  I received my copy U2’s U22.  Firstly i need to point out that U2 is without a doubt the best band of all times, and if you’re a fan than this is a must have.  And I’ll just leave it at that.


Back to the beer.  The cider in the vat is bubbling away like something that bubbles furiously and the smell is something to get excited about.  Great fruity apple aroma’s that promise this to be a winner.

I’ve also come to the realization that I need to look at bottling in smaller bottles.  Reason being that everyone who hears of the homebrew wants a “sample”.  And as I only have them in quart bottles I’m not overly keen to be giving these away to everyone who wants.  So the hunt is on for a case or two of empty SAB pint bottles.  I’ll also be dropping past the Black Forest Tavern down the road to collect some Savanna bottles for the cider.  My thoughts are that a Sunday morning should be dead quiet and with it being post a Saturday night there should be an abundance of bottles.  Feeling a little like a scavenger / hobo, but all in the quest of the craft.

As for the weekend ahead, tonight it’s Stokers Arms in Kloof for a mates birthday.  Tomorrow it’s a early start to get two potjie’s done for Grans birthday lunch.  Doing an ox-tail and a beef shin with Guinness   I wont be eating the ox-tail, cant see why you would want to eat the part of any animal that wipes it’s arse it’s whole life.  After that I’ll be watching the Sharks beat the Stormers in the Currie Cup rugby final. And then off too Unity Bar in Silverton road to enjoy some of there very own craft beer called Cow Bell, because you can NEVER have too much Cow Bell.  This is what they have to say about it.


COWBELL is a carbon-conscious alternative to industrial draught beer. A Craft beer developed uniquely for Unity Bar, it is a 4% ABV pilsner style, using 100% Czech Saaz hops to bitter and flavour, giving it a rounded and fresh feeling in the mouth, with a crisp bitter finish. After adequate conditioning period the beer has some spice and honey tones from the Karoo-sourced malted barley, and is a very full flavoured pils, unlike most industrial styles currently available on the market. The difference is simply volume, expected production per brew is roughly 1400 – 1600 litres at any one time.

Hand-crafted for passionate palettes that require a beer that we believe will suit most food styles. Salted, cured and grilled meats are an obvious choice, whilst the array of appetisers on the menu aid the washing down of Cowbell with some eloquence.

As the volume of Cowbell sales show, we have established that Durban has a market for real, Craft beer, and sells faster and at greater volume than most lines of industrial made beer we keep. We are not going to stop there, as initiatives have been started to build our own micro-brewery in order to test other lines of small-scale craft beers, which will be available at Unity Bar exclusively, on tap and soon to be in bottle too!

Do yourself a favour, if you enjoy craft beer then this is a place you truly must visit.

I’ll leave it there for today, have yourselves a fantastic weekend, drive fast and take chances…