Durban’s Poison Hits Joburg Streets!
Poison City Brewing Invades Johannesburg!
Craft beer has boomed across the Nation over the past few years! We’ve seen the rise of independent breweries in Cape Town and the big city ambitions in our back yard with the likes of Mad Giant and SMACK Republic! Now, we look toward the east, where our Durban neighbours have been secretly brewing and crafting some of the tastiest and smoothest craft beer to flow down the throats of the Joburgbrew team!
Introducing Poison City Brewing!
The Poison makes it to Braamfontein:
We had a chance to taste some of the boy’s finest brews, trekked all the way from Durban to our golden halls.
Under the roof of the Bannister Hotel in Braamfontein, founders Andre and Graeme showcased: The Bird Lager and their take on a English Pale Ale: The Punk Rocker! While in Johannesburg, the guys teamed up with Posca, a world-famous marker and illustrator brand that shares the brewery’s ethos of non-conformity, creativity, and freedom.
And like PCB, Posca is also wildly popular with surfers, skateboarders, musicians, artists, creatives and other cool, unconventional, “edgy people”.
I personally favoured the smooth ale, though this opinion got me into a verbal altercation with my associate, we agreed to take our argument online! I claim The Punk Rocker, english pale ale was unique enough to warrant my stamp of approval! Though, The Bird Lager wasn’t bad either, but aren’t we tired of that here in Joburg, I mean, SAB is down the street.
Not to take anything away from either of these stunning brews, the guys at Poison City Brewing have really developed a tasteful and enjoyable couple of session craft beers. Arching to the style of your traditional ales from Gilroy’s Brewery, or a stronger version of SMACK Republic‘s light Bree Street Belle Golden Ale. Either choice would be a win for an evening at the pub.
Who is Poison City Brewing?
Poison City Brewing (PCB) is Durban born and bred. Its founders, Graeme, the Bearded and Andre, the Grin, live, surf and dream Durban.
Together they’ve made an exceptional craft beer. As Andre said: “a beer made for people who give a damn about what they drink, beer that never compromises on taste or quality, beer that lives where edge meets class, and beer that plays tribute to the soul of Durban“.
The launch itself was awesomely gritty! Just the way we Joburgers like it! Kicking off at 6:30pm, guests entered through a side alley lined with burning drums, and got to check out Damn Vandal, Posca’s brand ambassador, graffiting up a storm on one of the alley walls, while enjoying a PCB brew from the rad little mobile PCB bar.
After a few beers and some random meetups with some old friends, we went underground to the Bannister basement where I met up with Graeme and Andre, whom Richard had already been entertaining for the past hour!
We had a chance to learn a little more about this awesome craft brewing company, and get cheerfully insulted by the evening’s star attraction, ex-Durbanite, John Vilsmas.
Everyone had a good time! Vilsmas was perfect for the setup, the burns we’re hot, and the beer was cold. Well played PCB.
While still a new brewery when we look at a wider national level, Poison City Brewing seems set on staying, and we hope they do, that poison brew is a touch addictive!
Also published on Medium.