On Friday afternoon, a day after the official launch in Cape Town, the guys from the Cape Brewing Co. introduced Jozi based craft fans to their new Pale Ale. As you'll have noticed by now, this is also their first beer to be distributed in a can.
CBC is not the first brewhouse in South Africa to sport a handy can, Devil's Peak also introduced a Pale Ale (and now also their Lager) in a can, while KrugerBrau offers their entire range of craft beers in a can. Even Brewdog has a canned beer. It is a trend that we hope to see more of in South Africa.
The CBC Pale Ale 4-pack will retail for around R60 at selected outlets and we were told that Checkers LiqourShop will be the first to have it nationwide. This is a very attractive price point for any craft beer drinker and will certainly find its way into many more shopping trolleys.
So what is all the fuss about? Well, for one thing, beer in a can is a lot more versatile than in a glass bottle and it is also a lot cheaper. A can offers a much better way of preserving the beer as no light gets on the inside of the can until you open it. The guys from CBC describe it as having your very own draft beer in a can. CBC also went the extra step to layer the inside of the can with a coating that prevents any flavour influence from the aluminium can. All-in-all, it's hard not to appreciate this offering - at around R15 a can, it certainly is one of the most affordable craft beers you can buy today.
But it’s not just about its ability to preserve quality. CBC's new can is portable, quick-chilling, and sustainable. We like to think of it as a mini keg, and when you taste it, we know you’ll feel the same way.
- Cape Brewing Co.
For its Pale Ale, CBC partnered with Swedish based brewery Åbro, who has one of the most advanced can-fillers in Europe. Together the two master brewers have over 60 years of brewing knowledge - the end result is a magnificent session ale that offers a crisp taste with a beautiful balancing hops flavour. The CBC Pale Ale has 4.8% abv. and is a great beer to have on those warm South African afternoons. Indeed, this is a great session beer that even newcomers to the craft scene may enjoy.
We caught up with Thandi, the CraftGeek and Ivor, the Kleurlingbierman, to chat about the new CBC Pale Ale in a can. We also spoke to Jason and Alan (the incoming and outgoing) CBC Ambassadors in Jozi. Let us know what you think about craft beer in a can by leaving a comment below. © 2016 CraftNation