A girl’s guide to beer. Last weekend we paid a visit to the recently opened MAD GIANT Brewery at 1Fox in Ferreirasdorp to find out a little bit more about Jozi’s new kid on the block.
The brewery is located in an old warehouse directly across the street from the Johannesburg Central Police station alongside the M1. Walking inside you are met by an epic sculpture of the MAD GIANT Yeti foreshadowing the shiny silver brewing equipment. The beer you drink (and you will drink lots of it) is brewed on-site by Eben, who just so happens to have PhD in Distillation, but has since turned his interests to all things Craft Beer.
At the moment MAD GIANT has 4 brews on offer, what we plan on doing is telling you a little bit about each of them so you know which one to order when you get there. Also, for those of you who don’t know much about beer (like me) we hope to give you some hints and tips to help you find what you like. If, after reading, you still aren’t sure order the tasting platter to experience everything they have to offer.
- The Guzzler
The Guzzler is the MAD GIANT pilsner which is brewed to be light, crisp and refreshing. As the name suggests, this is intended as an easy drinking beer – perfect for summer afternoons. The crispness of the Guzzler comes from the relatively high carbonation which leaves you feeling refreshed after every sip. The Guzzler is made using a Pilsen Malt and 4 different varieties of hops from Germany.
2. The Killer Hop – MAD GIANT’s take on an American Pale Ale (or APA for those who want to know the lingo)
The Killer Hop get’s it’s name from the amount of hops (the aromatic ingredient of most beers) used to brew it.The Killer Hop is made with 3 different varieties of hops in “hedonistic quantities” as Eben puts it to bring out the very best, and most delicate of flavours. The Killer Hop is less carbonated than the Guzzler, and slightly more bitter in terms of taste although still medium on the bitterness scale (measured in IBU) with a score 34, as opposed to the Guzzler’s 28.
3. The Amber Ale, named True Grit
The name True Grit is a testament to Eben’s determination to make a success of his dream of opening a brewery and is a dedication to his father. The flavours are complex and bitter – just like the journey of starting a business – but in the end it all comes together to create a beautiful ale with hints of clove, biscuit, honey and caramel. Perfect for quiet contemplation or to sip on while planning your next move to success.
4. The Electric Weiss
This is a Hefe Weiss or Yeast Weiss with a cloudy colour due to the fact that it is not filtered. Originally, this brew was only available at various festivals, but thankfully you can now get your hands on it at MAD GIANT and soon in your favourite bottle stores. The low bitterness and creamy texture of the Electric Weiss make it a beer that’s hard to beat. It’s crisp, light and not bitter all. The high carbonation makes this the perfect beer for relaxing with friends or having a good time out on the town and it definitely helps bring on the party atmosphere!
Overall our trip to MAD GIANT was an eye opener – I had no idea that there were so many different varieties of malt, barley and hops, each of which bring their own unique offerings to the final beer! If you want to know more check out the MAD GIANT website or give them a shout and book yourself a tasting – you definitely won’t regret it!
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