Celebrating South Africa’s craft brewing heritage - The Durban Brewing Company

BY GRAEME LUND - OCTOBER 2, 2018

On September 24, we, at Home Food and Travel, celebrated Heritage Day with a beer tasting. This has become an annual event and craft brewers from around the country have been kind enough to send us their wares.

This year, we had three brewers in attendance and we had the pleasure of tasting over 50 brews from 16 local breweries. In no particular order, this is what we discovered.

The Durban Brewing Company – Durban North, KZN

This was my first opportunity to taste a ware from Durban Brewing Company. Scott Hunter, the brewer, focuses exclusively on ales. I thoroughly enjoyed this tasting.

North Easter

This is a NEIPA (a New England India Pale Ale) and the North Easter was the first NEIPA that I had tasted. Essentially, it is an IPA that has not been filtered resulting in a hazy beer that is orange in colour. It was delicious with cocktail of tropical hop flavours. Scott says that it is a great breakfast beer!

Amber Jack

A great Amber Ale with plenty of body. It has a medium-high to high maltiness with medium to low caramel character. Brewed with a variety of hops, it has a medium hop bitterness, flavour and aroma. Delicious!

Hot Blonde

I don’t know the numbers, but I would guess that this is The Durban Brewing Company’s top seller as it is a great session ale. Described as an easy-drinking beer that is visually appealing and has no particularly dominating malt or hop characteristics. It is rounded and smooth on the palate.

Interested in the other breweries we sampled? Read all about our experience with Lions River Brewery here.

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