Yesterday saw an amazing tasting going down at one of my favourite spots, Banana Jam Cafe in Kenilworth. Honestly, try their Jamaican Jerk Chicken, just do it and don’t ask any questions. It is amazing.

Last night saw us heading on over to be welcomed by Greg from Banana Jam Cafe and Brad from BrewDog. I will get into a full post about it soon, as a couple of us had an interesting discussion about craft beer on Twitter after the tasting. Some great points were made from some of the most passionate craft beer people, and I love having beer discussions. Anyway, I love IPA’s and so it was a treat tasting the Punk IPA as well as the Hardcore IPA. Of all the beer styles I have tasted, IPA is just the one that I keep going back to, which is strange because no one I know likes it. Then again they’re not really into craft beer, but they will have some of the craft beer lagers which offer much more flavour than mass produced lagers.

By the way, there is a photo in the set of Greg and Brad with a bottle of ‘Tactical Nuclear Penguin’, a 32% beer and it’s about R800 for that bottle. This is what they say about it:

The Antarctic name, inducing schizophrenia, of this Ÿber-imperial stout originates from the amount of time it spent exposed to extreme cold. This beer was initially double barrel aged for 14 months; maturing in the deep, rich oak of Scottish whisky casks. After this epic maturation the beer was then frozen, then frozen again, then frozen again.

BrewDog Warning
This is an extremely strong beer, it should be enjoyed in small servings and with an air of aristocratic nonchalance. In exactly the same manner that you would enjoy a fine whisky, a Frank Zappa album or a visit from a friendly yet anxious ghost.

Oh and also I really need to take my DSLR or at least my smaller camera, low light on the iPhone isn’t fantastic. But it does give a grainy effect, so that’s cool I suppose? All the grain, no Instagram!

Thanks to Greg from Banana Jam for having us and for doing so much for craft beer in South Africa, and thanks to Brad for having us round to taste their spectacular brews. I’ve followed BrewDog for some time, and to finally see their bottles in the fridge at Banana Jam is amazing.

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