Author Archives: Jaco Swanepoel

About Jaco Swanepoel

Jaco discovered craft beer and home-brewing during a trip to Singapore in 2009. After noticing SA’s burgeoning craft beer scene in 2012, he accepted craft into his online life too, and started plotting his craft beer discoveries and adventures on He chirps and grams every now and then.

South African Craft Beer Festivals in September

South African Craft Beer Festivals in September

It’s a phenomenon. South African craft beer festivals in September that, like the blossoms of spring, sprout after what was an exceptionally festival arid August. This article, first published in September 2013, has been updated for the exciting month of September 2016.
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Tania & Melanie Nieuwoudt from NieuwBrew in the Cederberg, Western Cape, South Africa

All is Nieuw at CederBrew

You might know of CederBrew because of Chubbyhead Stout, their lady brewers, or a crowd-sourced campaign to help with fees from an unfortunate legal incident. We reached out to meet the CederBrew NieuwBrew brewers…
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Padas River Oatmeal Stout

Tasting: Padas River Oatmeal Stout

Padas River Oatmeal Stout has been in the bottle for just about a week now, but I couldn’t resist and uncorked the first one last night. Named for a muddy river in Borneo, which is as exhilarating as it is brown and foamy, the stout sure does live up to its name. Continue reading