Who are Poison City Brewing?
Meet the Craft Beer Breweries:
There are about 150 craft beer breweries scattered across South Africa right now (2016), even more brands across Africa itself that are still unheard of. We’ve set the goal of stocking every craft brewery in South Africa! But, it’s more than just stocking this amazing craft beer and their many many brands of beer, it’s also about telling their stories here:
It’s time to talk about the crazy and awesome duo from Durban! The founders of Poison City Brewing: Graeme and Andre!
About Graeme and Andre’s Journey:
The realisation of Graeme and Andre’s craft beer dream follows the duo’s passion for great beer and their determination to establish a business that lets them showcase the city they live in and love.
In their early, wilder years they both travelled extensively and were fortunate to experience some of the greatest beers in the world in cities that have led the craft beer revolution, including Brussels, Edinburgh, Munich, Lisbon, Sydney, Auckland and San Francisco. Both later settled in Durban with Andre establishing himself as a leading restaurateur and Graeme achieving success in the corporate world.
Always something of a misfit, Graeme had been looking for an opportunity for self-expression outside the confines of his job and the planets aligned when Andre was able to free himself from the day-to-day responsibility of his restaurants. And so began their journey, one that they are determined will result in a positive contribution to society.
Not only do they want to make great craft beer, but also dream of establishing something that embodies freedom of expression and progressive thinking in their city. Their dream is to use Poison City Brewing as a catalyst for their support and promotion of Durban’s creative people, to show the world what an amazing place Durban is, and how lucky they are to live there.
They brewed their first lager in May 2014 using a rudimentary 50 litre brewing system at a mate’s house on the South Coast. When this batch was a major hit at a birthday bash they knew they were on the right track, and so began the journey towards making truly special beer.
The beer tasting trip to California they undertook shortly afterwards proved to be a life changing experience. They were exposed to the cutting edge of the craft beer movement and for the first time they fully realised what a fantastic environment the craft beer business was, and how incredible the taste and quality of beer could really be.
Collaboration with one of Durban’s top craft brewers followed on their return. And many test batches later, along with some helpful guidance from a Czech Master Brewer, their first beer was born, The Bird lager.
Their goal is to develop a range of craft beers that achieve world-class standards, and to do this they will work with craft beer brew masters from around the world to develop and hone their own brewing knowledge, skills and capability. With the launch of their English Pale Ale, The Punk Rocker, and with a Weiss, an IPA and a dark lager on the cards in the near future, the guys are well on their way to achieving their epic goals.
Let’s talk about the Poison City Brews!
Launching with ‘The Bird’ lager and The Punk Rocker, their English Pale Ale, Poison City Brewing will soon have a range of craft beers available for those who appreciate exceptional quality. In the near future craft beer lovers can look forward to a Poison City Brewing matured dark lager, an Imperial Pale Ale, and a Weiss beer.
The Bird Lager
“Like Durban, The Bird is easy as sun, surf and seagulls, with a twist of screw you. This light-malt, refined lager is named after one of its makers, and after the way it gives commercial lager the finger when it comes to colour, flavour and taste. The Bird is a thirst quenching session lager with fruity, earthy notes and a light bitter finish that plays tribute to the light lagers popular in craft breweries in Germany.”
The Punk Rocker
“Poison City Brewing’s second craft beer, The Punk Rocker is an English Pale Ale that plays tribute to the nonconformist spirit of punk rock. Anti-establishment, yeah, we Durbanites totally get that. And while we beat the poms to BREXIT and kicked them out of out of our province a long time ago, we’ll keep the inspiration for their ale, and their punk music legacy, and make it Durban born and bred. The Punk Rocker is malt driven, with an enjoyable, medium-dry finish, and its lower-alcohol content makes it a great session ale.”
Joburgbrew is the last line of defence from the Durban Invaders!
Well, maybe not that dramatic, we actually love the idea of the guys from Durban coming up here and slapping our local breweries around a bit, it keeps our golden blood pumping and our market rich in new brews of all kinds! Rest assured Brews, we’ll be having Poison City brews floating around our store soon, if not at the next beer festival!
Also published on Medium.