#BeMyDarling this Valentine’s Day at Darling Brew

Romance is not always about champagne and flowers. In fact, this Valentine’s Day, and indeed throughout the entire month of February, love is best toasted with an ice cold beer at Darling Brew, accompanied by locally sourced artisanal foods.

Award winning craft brewery, Darling Brew, is celebrating Valentine’s Day 2017 with a Valentine’s Picnic and live music, on Saturday 11th February, followed by a decadent Valentine’s lunch on Sunday the 12th at Darling Brew’s custom-built Tasteroom and Brewery, situated at 48 Caledon Street in Darling.

Limited edition Valentine’s beer – more than just a message in a bottle

In addition to this, and to coincide with Valentine’s Day, Darling Brew has also released a limited edition Valentine’s Day beer which is infused with pomegranate. The Limited Edition Pomegranate Lager is particularly special in that it allows you to write your own message in the heart shaped space provided on the bottle label. Also sold in packs of four to take away, this is a unique gift for someone you love – or to treat yourself.

The limited edition Valentine’s beer with form a central part of the picnic and the lunch events over the weekend of the 11th and 12th of February and guests will get to sample and experience this one-of-a-kind beer.

Details at a glance:

Saturday 11 Feb 2016 Darling Brew Valentine’s Picnic

Sunday 12 Feb 2016 Darling Brew Valentine’s Lunch with live music

Tuesday 14 Feb 2016 Valentine’s Day food & beer pairing

Location: Darling Brew, 48 Caledon St, Darling


Darling Brew launches unique take-home beer tasting experience

Award winning craft brewery, Darling Brew, has launched a unique take-home beer in a box tasting experience.

The new IPA (India Pale Ale) Experience gift pack consists of four different India Pale Ale beers – the original Thunderbird, plus three unique dry hopped IPA variants that have evolved from this popular original – all in 500ml bottles which are packaged in a gift box format.

Launched to coincide with, and celebrate, the one year anniversary of the custom-built Darling Brew Tasteroom and Brewery (which is situated in the town of Darling) the IPA Experience gift pack is part of a bigger conservation awareness drive around the endangered Southern Ground Hornbill.

Environmental focus at Darling Brew
All of Darling Brew’s beers are named after threatened and endangered animals, and the India Pale Ale is no different.  Entitled “Thunderbird” this beer is named after the endangered Southern Ground Hornbill.

Kevin Wood, owner of Darling Brew, explains that they were approached by conservation biologist Lucy Kemp of the Mabula Ground Hornbill Project to help raise awareness of the plight of the Southern Ground Hornbill.  “Lucy suggested the name Thunderbird as it is the cultural name given to this charismatic and iconic bird.”

“The new Darling Brew IPA Experience gift pack is part of our activism to create awareness around the need to conserve our wealth of nature, animals and birdlife in South Africa. It is only through actions that we take today, that we can make an impact on the outcome in 100 years,” says Wood.

Darling Brew’s environmental focus also recently led this craft brewery to launch the first carbon neutral beer in South Africa called Blood Serpent – which is named after the Secretary Bird, another endangered South African bird.

The IPA Experience explained
The unique IPA Experience gift pack is designed to give consumers a craft beer taste journey into the many different variants of India Pale Ale – which is a flavoursome and “easy-drinking” beer – often the first stop in appreciating craft beers.

The beers in the gift pack consist of the original Thunderbird, plus a spicy SimcoeCashmere, which brings aromas of Coconut and Pineapple; and Citra, which has loads of fresh lychee and guava undertones.

The Darling Brew IPA Experience gift pack will be exclusively available at Checkers stores nationwide from 15 November, and at the Darling Brew Tasteroom and Brewery.

Darling Brew celebrates one year at their new premises
A trip to Darling to visit the Darling Brew Tasteroom and Brewery at 48 Caledon Street offers a fantastic day out. 

The custom built premises – now celebrating its first year of operation - was developed to allow an all in one Darling Brew experience.  In addition to a state of the art brewery with increased capacity, the Darling Brew Tasteroom and Brewery offers an interactive and fascinating beer tasting experience in the tasting room and bar which overlooks the working brewery; a restaurant that serves delicious meals made from fresh, organic, seasonal and locally sourced ingredients; and beautiful gardens with a play area for the kids – perfect for young families.  There is also plenty of parking available.

To further celebrate one year at their new premises, Darling Brew will be hosting a Darling Summer Beer Festival.  Taking place on 3 December from 10h00 to 18h00, this outdoor festival offers live music and great food to accompany some of the finest craft beers on offer in South Africa.  Sunday the 4th also sees a Christmas Market taking place at Darling Brew.

Award winning beers in Darling Brew range
Darling Brew recently won two gold awards and a trophy at the 2016 South African Beer Trophy awards for some of the other craft beers in their range.

Gypsy Mask, named after the rare Roan Antelope, walked away with a gold award for being the top achieving beer in the Amber category, whilst Longclaw, named after the African Lion, won gold in the Speciality category.  Longclaw also won a trophy for being the highest scoring beer in its category overall.

For more information visit www.darlingbrew.co.za or contact them on (021) 286 1099 or email philippa@darlingbrew.co.za. Connect with Darling Brew via social media on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram @DarlingBrew.


Darling Brew wins gold at the South African Beer Trophy awards

Darling Brew, the ground-breaking craft brewery situated in the small town of Darling on the Cape West Coast, has won two gold awards and a trophy at the 2016 South African Beer Trophy awards, which took place on Thursday 22 September at the Beerhouse in Cape Town.

Gypsy Mask walked away with a gold award for being the top achieving beer in the Amber category, whilst Longclaw won gold in the Speciality category. Longclaw also won a trophy for being the highest scoring beer in its category overall.
Inspired by the Roan Antelope, Gypsy Mask is a rusty brown ale with a range of spicy flavours, whilst Longclaw, a speciality beer inspired by the lion, is a single hop saison which was produced in collaboration with Eduardo Petry of Sunset Brew in Brazil.   Longclaw puts a modern twist on a classic style with the use of citra hops – resulting in fruity esters and tropical fruit aromas.
About the awards

The National Beer Trophy awards attract the most innovative craft brewers from across the country, with the aim being to offer a fair, independent and reliable appraisal of the growing local independent brewing industry – providing recognition to the emerging brewers.

To ensure the highest standards, The National Beer Trophy awards are approved by an international body of accrediting judges, who offer an international endorsement of the results, in addition to providing a full audit of the markings.
The judging panel comprises some of the most respected members of the beer industry, who select the winners within each category through blind tastings.

“We are extremely pleased to have achieved these top results in what is the only independent beer awards in South Africa” says Philippa and Kevin Wood, owners of Darling Brew.

Carefully considered beer
“We started Darling Brew in 2010 with our signature beer, called SLOW Beer. This special beer embodies the Darling Brew slogan “Slow Beer” – which was developed to represent the slower paced lifestyle of the area by harnessing an unhurried fermentation process.”

“Now, with awards such as these achieved by our beers Gypsy Mask and Longclaw, we are reaping the rewards of our carefully considered approach to brewing beer,” says Kevin Wood. “This approach is adopted across the board at Darling Brew and we have a firm commitment to protecting the environment through all our processes.”

In fact, Darling Brew recently launched Blood Serpent, the first carbon neutral beer on the African continent. Blood Serpent’s carbon neutral status was achieved through innovative brewing, packaging and offsetting processes. “The carbon emissions created by the fuel, water and energy consumption during brewing, as well as the glass, labels and packaging during production, are thus offset with each new batch of Blood Serpent.”

The new Darling Brew Tasteroom and Brewery is situated at 48 Caledon Street in Darling. They are open from Tuesday to Sunday and during school holidays from Monday to Sunday. Bookings are highly recommended.

For more information visit www.darlingbrew.co.za or contact them on (021) 286 1099 or email philippa@darlingbrew.co.za. Connect with Darling Brew via social media on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram @DarlingBrew.


Darling Brew introduces Africa’s First Carbon Neutral Beer

Darling Brew in South Africa has launched the first carbon neutral beer in Africa, Blood Serpent.

With the reaffirmation at Cop 21 that the global temperature rise needs to be capped at 2 degrees from pre-industrialised levels, calls have been made for decarbonisation and company buy-in for carbon neutrality. The entry of Blood Serpent into the market could mean progress and momentum for the South African beer industry to be a part of a necessary global change.

Owners Kevin and Philippa Wood are proud to deliver a first in Africa and to introduce a more sustainable craft beer option into the market. A carbon neutral beer process and carbon neutral certification has been achieved through innovative brewing, packaging and offsetting processes.

Darling Brew have pursued to link their beers with sustainability and conservation since opening in 2010. “Since the beginning, each beer has been inspired by an endangered creature which is honoured and supported through conservation programmes,” says Kevin, “for Blood Serpent, we chose the Secretary Bird.”

Classified as a vulnerable species according to the IUCN Red List, the Secretary Bird (Sagittarius Serpentarius) has a distinct profile, quite unlike that of any other bird. “This made it the perfect choice of animal,” says Philippa, as Blood Serpent is unlike that of any other beer in the market.”

For Blood Serpent, Darling Brew teamed up with sustainability consultants Ecolution Consulting in order to ensure that the beer offsetting process was done correctly and that the offsets were validated by recognised verification bodies for carbon offsetting.
“Ecolution assisted Darling Brew in conducting a green house gas audit to quantify the carbon equivalent footprint of the production of Blood Serpent,” says André Harms, Director of Ecolution, “we are proud to be a part of achieving this feat.”

In order to achieve a carbon neutral beer, Darling Brew has offset the scope 1 and 2 emissions of the Blood Serpent process, as well as the scope 3 emissions associated with packaging. The carbon emissions created by the fuel, water and energy consumption during brewing, as well as the glass, labels and packaging during production, are thus offset with each new batch of Blood Serpent.

The offsetting process is done through the Kariba REDD+ project in Zimbabwe with impactChoice as an offsetting partner. It was chosen based on the fact that the project has emissions reductions that are real, measurable and permanent. REDD+ is an acronym for Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation. Their aim is to empower local communities whilst preserving forests and protecting wild life. The carbon offsets are validated by the Verified Carbon Standard, the Gold Standard and the Plan Vivo.

For every 16 000 bottles of Blood Serpent produced (of which 6000 have been bottled and distributed) the equivalent emissions produced by an average car driving 38 894 km is offset (4033.64 Kg of Co2-e). In terms of carbon sequestered, the offset is equivalent to 261 tree seedlings having grown for 10 years.

The home of Blood Serpent – The Taste Room – has been kitted out with tables, chairs and light fittings made from recycled items such as beer baths and wooden palettes.

The brewery has also taken to reduce water consumption through sunken water tanks, water-saving nozzles and by reusing as much water as possible.
Ingredients sourced for the Taste Room are local with a focus on Fairtrade and organic produce where possible, whilst the spent grain from the brewing process is not simply discarded, but used as food for some of Darling’s resident cattle.

The team at Darling Brew are proud of this milestone on their sustainability journey, but it will not stop here. “We are assessing ways in which we can make our brewery more efficient, “says Kevin, “and we will continue to find ways to innovate our operations and our beers.”


Darling Brew opens exciting new custom-built brewery

Award winning microbrewery, Darling Brew, which is situated in the quaint town of Darling on the Cape West Coast, has completed work on their exciting new purpose-built brewery and it will be open to the public from Saturday 05 December – in time for season.
This must-visit new Darling Brew Tasteroom & Brewery offers a fantastic day out and was developed to allow an all in one Darling Brew experience. In addition to a new state of the art brewery with increased capacity, the new premises offers an interactive and fascinating beer tasting experience in the tasting room and bar which overlooks the working brewery, a restaurant that serves delicious meals made from fresh, organic, seasonal and locally sourced ingredients, and beautiful gardens with a play area for the kids – perfect for young families. There is also plenty of parking available.

Visitors to Darling Brew can enjoy a proudly South African barbecue ‘braai’ menu indoors or outside in the garden and beer lovers can enjoy the Darling Brew craft beers with a selection of light meals. For beer novices there is also a beginner’s beer tasting which goes perfectly with a platter for 2.

Slow down and taste the beer
With modern industrial architecture that is in keeping with the area in which the brewery is situated, Darling Brew’s new brewery embodies the Darling Brew slogan “Slow Beer” – which was developed by the owners of Darling Brew, Kevin and Philippa Wood, who wanted to compliment and represent the slower paced lifestyle of the area by harnessing an unhurried fermentation process.
Darling Brew’s list of carefully crafted beers, which fall under the categories of Pale Ale, India Pale Ale, Wit Beer and Light Lager, have been named after endangered or misunderstood South African wildlife – with the Slow Beer being named after the Geometric Tortoise, Black Mist named after the Verreaux Eagle, Silver Back named after the Honey Badger, Rogue Pony named after the Plains Zebra and Bone Crusher after the Spotted Hyena.

Other beers on the menu include Gypsy Mask, Thunder Bird and Sungazer, and in addition to these “regulars”, Darling Brew currently have two limited edition seasonal beers available, so there is no time like the present to visit the new Darling Brew Tasteroom & Brewery and try their limited time only new beers, as well as the others on the menu.

Darling is only 76km’s away from Cape Town and an easy drive on the R27 or N7 highways.   Located in the important Cape West Coast Biodiversity Corridor, there are a myriad of attractions available in the area – ranging from flowers and bird watching in the surrounding nature reserves, to mountain biking, hiking, art, a treasure hunt departing from Darling Museum (home to the Butter Museum), shows at Evita se Perron, or tasting the world class wines available in the area. Darling is a perfect venue for a day-trip, weekend break-away or holiday from the city and there is plenty of great accommodation to choose from.

Make Darling Brew part of your Culture Route
A perfect way to experience this area and its attractions, such as Darling Brew, is on the West Coast Way Culture Route which is a self-drive circular route that has been conceptualised and developed by West Coast Way, who are working hand in hand with community members to welcome visitors to the Cape West Coast and surrounds.

Darling Brew’s new premises are situated at 48 Caledon Street in Darling. Visit the Darling Brew Tasteroom & Brewery:

Distance from Cape Town: 76km

Tasteroom operating hours:

For more information on Darling Brew visit www.darlingbrew.co.za or contact them on +27 22 492 3798 or email philippa@darlingbrew.co.za.