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BREWHOGS REVIVES DECADES OLD BREW Brewhogs Microbrewery, based in Kyalami, Johannesburg has released a new, old beer. The recently released Heritage Lager comes with a backstory that few local brews can boast. “Our story starts in 1984 in Burton-On-Trent, UK – the home of great English beer, but also the birthplace of our 30-hectolitre brewery,” says Brewhogs brewer Michael Biljon. The brewhouse was built in Burton-On-Trent and then commissioned by South African Breweries at the Heritage Brewery in Gold Reef City in 1985. SAB operated the Heritage Brewery and pub from 1985 to 1992, brewing Barney’s Draught for Barney’s Tavern at Gold Reef City. The brewhouse was later relocated to SAB’s World of Beer in Newtown and later moved to a storage facility near Rosslyn Brewery (north-west of Pretoria). Brewhogs purchased the brewhouse in 2013 and have been producing their range on it ever since. The most recent addition to the range is the Heritage Lager, based on the original Barney’s Draught. “Just as the brewery had been restored to its former glory, we believed that its famous beer needed to be reintroduced to a new generation of drinkers,” says Michael. “And so, in early 2022 we began piecing together the recipe from hundreds of brew sheets that were available.” The Brewhogs team adapted the recipe to modernise the beer, substituting some no-longer-available ingredients. The result is a malt-forward, medium-bodied lager with a moderate bitterness. It uses local malt, hops, and yeast – just as the original did. Currently, the Heritage Lager (4.2% ABV) is only available on tap at Brewhogs and at the Hogshead Pubs in Gauteng but will soon be available in cans and sold nationally through the Brewhogs online store. NORTHERN CAPE GETS NEW BEER BRAND Kimberley, the largest town in the Northern Cape, has a new craft brew. Lenyora Brewery Co. is a start-up brand launched by four Kimberley locals, Tshepo Kantani, Bryan Monethi, Chulumanco Nqadala and Tumelo Tshabile. The debut beer is Galeshewe Craft Lager, named for Kimberley’s historic township. Cans of Lenyora, meaning ‘thirst’, bear the iconic sculpture to the 1952Mayibuye Uprising. The beer is currently being brewed under contract at OC Brewery in Johannesburg but the team is seeking funding to expand and set up a brewery and tasting facility within Kimberley. Check them out on Facebook for more information. 18 | Winter 2022 | ontapmag.co.za