“A writer is a person for whom writing is more difficult than it is for other people” – Thomas Mann. I feel your pain right now, Thomas.

Getting acquainted with craft beer is a completely different experience especially since most of us in South Africa have only been subject to mass produced beers, all pretty much slight variations of the same thing. I’ve had the privilege of drinking a lot of South African craft beer but there is one that just continually stands out in my mind, and that is The King’s Blockhouse IPA from Devil’s Peak Brewing. To be honest there are a lot of local beers I love, but this just does it for me.

And apparently I’m not the only one who thinks so. Keg King at the Bay Harbour Market were sold out of it about three weeks ago, and I’ve seen it sold out at Tops in Rosmead. People are loving it, and for a small brewery to sell out when they do no mainstream marketing or advertising is quite phenomenal. This is testament to an amazing product.

The only thing that does disappoint me is that when drinking this, I’d expect a power song such as ‘Eye Of The Tiger’ to belt out from somewhere…anywhere. This is yet to happen and I’ll let it slide…for now.

What our table at Bay Harbour Market generally looks like on weekends

How do you describe something you are passionate about? This is the writers dilemma, because no words will ever explain how you feel. This is the reason why you sit with a dead pan expression on your face when your friend comes back from an amazing beach holiday and tells you every last detail and shows you 5678 photos of how awesome the holiday was. And you sit there, with virtually no interest. 0% interest rate, wouldn’t that be great if we were talking monetary terms?

Feeling is the only way to experience things and words will always fail. Have you ever read something about food or drink and been moved, emotionally? Probably not. You need to experience that for yourself. To say this beer is emotional may be pushing it but, wow, this is my favourite beer right now.

I’m not tied down to being a whisky man, or a beer man, or a wine man. I have had them all in my life and I’m often confused when going to actual tastings where they describe several different flavours for something that has been made from grapes, or some grain. After some random chat with a wide circle of friends I think we can agree that on a basic level, you either like something or you don’t. I either think a wine is smooth or razor blades. Whisky is a little different as I’m more partial to it, and there is loads of depth to it. I can drink the same whisky over and over again and each time it may present me with something new. Maybe as time goes by your palate picks more things up. In fact it does. I’m not yet at a stage where I can pick up the subtle ingredients and flavours in beers, but by the smile on my face when drinking The King’s Blockhouse IPA, I know it is something special.

Devils Peak describe it like this:

“Hop flavour is medium-high and will reflect typical American hop characters with citrusy, floral, resinous, piney and passion fruit aspects. Medium-high hop bitterness is present, although the malt backbone will support the strong hop character and provide for good balance. Medium-dry to dry finish.”

I describe it as this:

Mind blowing.

It will make you wet your bed at night. With tears. Tears of absolute joy.

Even if I told you what I taste and how my mind dances the happy dance when I take the first sip of this IPA, it wouldn’t do it justice. It’s like drinking a rainbow or tasting happiness. It’s like music playing in my mouth, flavour dancing to the music and making me smile. If something as simple as one sip of beer could make me smile and make me happy, I want to lead the world and make them taste The King’s Blockhouse IPA.

If there is one beer in South Africa that I want you to experience, right now, this is it. If you’re in Cape Town you can head over to Banana Jam for a pint of it. In fact, you should head over there because the food is amazing too.

If you’re looking for it, head on over to Devilspeakbrewing.co.za and find out where it is stocked.

My current favourite places for it are Keg King at the Bay Harbour Market in Cape Town on weekends, as well as Banana Jam Cafe in Kenilworth.

Go on, don’t be shy and give it a try.

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