Craft Beer Tasting Notes

This Month's Mixed Case - October - it’s braai season, baby!

Initiate countdown sequence in 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 - blast off! Good people of the Republic of Craft Beer! Summer is officially upon us and it’s braai season, baby. It’s time to light the fire, marinade the meat and pop the mixed case on ice. What have we got in store for you this month? Glad you asked. We’ve put together a mix that will take your palate down a tasty path featuring some of the best braai lagers on the market, as well as two brand new beers.

Join us online this month @TastingLeague on all social media platforms and share your best braai and beer pics with our community. Until next month, happy summer season from all of us at the League of Beers!

Hey Joe Brewery Lavender & honey Saison, 340ml

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Belgian inspired (Limited edition) Saison made with ingredients that were handpicked in the Franschhoek region.

A new offering from Hey Joe Brewery, and the first of their "Into the Wild" range. This is a limited edition brew made with Lavender and Honey sourced in the Cape Winelands. This is the perfect Spring beer and a true interpretation of the "Saison" beer style, meaning "Season" in French.

  • Appearance: Amber gold
  • Aroma: A complex blend of lavender, spice, honey and orange
  • Flavour: Sweet, spice and all things nice with a tart, dry finish
  • Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and crisp 

Jack Black's Brewers Lager Can, 440ml

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The flagship beer of the Jack Black stable is a pre-Prohibition style lager, inspired by the malt beers of the early 1900s. Brewed traditionally, with Southern Promise, Saaz, and Pale Malt hops, this lager has an excellent balance between hoppy bitterness and malty sweetness. Offers great fruity refreshment.

  • Appearance: Copper gold
  • Aroma: Rich malt with a touch of grassy hops
  • Flavour: A chunky sweet malt backbone bouncing off floral and grassy hops
  • Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and smooth 

Woodstock Brewery Born Slippy Lager, 330ml

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Born Slippy is a light, crisp, easy-drinking lager, named after Underworld’s favourite winning greyhound. No rocket science here, “shouting LAGER, LAGER, LAGER”, this beaut goes down like a homesick mole!

  • Appearance: Light gold
  • Aroma: Grainy cereal with a touch of floral hops
  • Flavour: Bready and lightly toasted malt tempered with a snappy hop bite
  • Mouthfeel: Crisp and medium to light in body 

Chester's IPA, 340ml

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At 7% ABV this is the perfect laid-back brew to enjoy while watching replays of the 1995 World Cup final. The rich, toasty malt sweetness in this gold-hued beer is followed by a fruity hop kick. 

  • Appearance: Webb Ellis gold
  • Aroma: Tropical and stone fruit
  • Flavour: Rich toasty malt sweetness followed by a snappy, fruity hop kick
  • Mouthfeel: Rich with a medium-body 

Devil's Peak Brewing Company Burger Beer Devil's Peak x Frankie Fenner Collab, 330ml

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A hoppy lager for crisp, classic refreshment, hopped for bold, fruity aromatics. It’s a beautiful thing when Beers and Burgers come together. Expertly brewed to compliment the collab Frankie Fenner burger.

  • Appearance: Sunshine gold
  • Aroma: A tropical hop grenade to the snout
  • Flavour: Layers of fresh fruit with a crisp hop bite
  • Mouthfeel: Crisp and dry with a medium body

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