A Capital Craft of a welcome home!
Capital Craft Centurion Visit:
A couple of weeks ago, I found myself running into a dear old school friend in a pub. She told me she was driving to Cape Town and would appreciate a companion for the trek. I pause here to indicate that I’m unemployed. Well, that combination of factors could only result in a road trip to the Cape. If you knew me though, you’d know that I’m not a fan of most Cape breweries and there’s only so much wine I can drink so I flew back up to Jozi to consume my favourites once more…and the new Capital Craft in Centurion seemed an ideal venue.
I pause here again to share that, should you have the option to have Brett pick you up from the airport, you should not elect to exercise that option. This is because Brett will gladly leave you waiting at Lanseria for two hours while he fafs around at Google.
Be that as it may, as Brett’s car finally made an appearance over the horizon, my throat began wishfully filling itself with the delightful flavour of my staple Aces Lager that I’d been deprived of in the Cape. I was so desperate to get the Cape tastes off my tongue, I couldn’t even wait to go for some of the Clarens ciders (not that they’re bad at all but when one is keen for cider, you know there should be some concern). Despite my haste, coupled with Brett’s slothy take on punctuality, I took solace from the knowledge that Capital Craft will provide.
One places a lot of expectation on a restaurant when one is on a mission. It’s not like I was going there to simply eat and drink…I was going there with purpose; to reunite with my beloved beers from the interior. If the place didn’t have the requisite beers, didn’t have anything to go with the requisite beers, played terrible music or had bad service, forgiveness might never be forthcoming.
Danya escorted us to our table and immediately indicated that she wished to inform us what beers were out of stock. My prayers were answered when none of 5 out of stock beers were Aces! Anyway, on a menu of over 200 beers, having only 5 that are out of stock is far from bad going.
Having caught up with our stables, the jamming 90s rock got us in the mood for some beer tasting so we opted to try some of the unfamiliars. This is where Dayna came in handy. We agreed that we had never met any lady who knew beers as well as Dayna. She indicated that she’d been with Capital Craft since inception and, other than us, must have the greatest job in the world tasting and selling beers. What we’ve learned from having great jobs with JoburgBrew.com is that the way to keep a great job is to be great at it. Dayna certainly was and recommended an excellent, well thought out, spread. She informed us that she won’t simply be recommending the best beers (given that best is rather subjective) but the best variety for comparative purposes…so away we went
Craft Beers at Capital Craft:
What to say about a beer that has naked and ale in the name?! We could barely contain ourselves when we tasted this crispy copy ale, but we did.
The ale is not too simple, the hops are different to what we’re used to in Johannesburg, stronger but with a hint of almost coffee toffee flavouring without the sweetness.
It makes for a earth texture and after taste with a very limited first taste. All the magic happens in the middle though, where you’re taste buds are ravaged by the woody dry coffee tones, though, as fun as it is, it’s over before you know it…typical of ales.
You’d be forgiven for thinking it’s a lager on sight though as it’s rather golden in colour, similar to a lager or smoked ale.
The 5% ale makes for a good change from traditional pale ales though not too crazy that it’s a one hit wonder, definitely worth trying a second or third time.
We’ve always had an interest in steam beer ever since we were given the Legends version. Brett is, to this day, still bragging about his really interesting article on the origins of the steam beer.
This one though, similar to The Legends, is a middle ground between your traditional ale and traditional lager, though in this case it comes very close to the Legends Steam Beer, I find it lacks the hop strength of the Legends, which depending on how hoppy you’re feeling could be a good or a bad thing.
I could spend a lot of time on this one. Weiss beer has always been too bitter for me to enjoy when the sun is out. It’s never been something I can drink casually at a braai or at a pool party. For me, weiss has always been about pairing and formality. The Celis, however, takes the edge off the bitterness with an almost floral character.
It was the only time during the day that I wanted to go back to the Cape so I could finally enjoy a weiss on the beach but I’d go as far as to say that this is more an Agulhas than Benguela beer so Durban it will have to be.
It’s as normal, plain and bland as you’d expect it to be from the name.
Nothing on the nose, though, it’s got a soft first taste with a short after taste. It’s aroma is sweet on the mid taste though it turns very week in the tongue on your way to the after taste.
The Food Pairing and Tasting:
We were so stoked to even meet the chef…we actually insisted on it! I mean, deep fried biltong? What even is that? I’m not sure but it was amazing! It’s exactly the thing you’d want when you’re drinking beer…or so we thought before Dayna and her eternal wisdom suggested the ribs. I put on a lot of weight that afternoon but it was totally worth it!
Shout out to Capital Craft Centurion for welcoming me back to the SA interior. Those of you returning from vacation would do well to check the place out and have as much of the happy as we did!