JOBURG Fest Of Beer [competition]

The same dudes who brought you Cape Town Fest Of Beer, are now taking it up North! The Cape Town event is genuinely one of the most looked-forward-to events on the calendar, i’ve been going since the inaugural fest and i’ve watched it grow and get even more awesome every year.

JHBFOB-Poster-2013-e1376978444648You really haven’t been to a Festival Of Beer until you’ve been to this one! Trust me!

Tickets are going for R120 and are available on > www.webtickets.co.za/joburgfestivalofbeer. You can also make table reservations by emailing: info@capetownfestivalofbeer.co.za

beerWANT TO WIN?

I have a set of tickets to give away to either the Friday or Sunday session of this beautiful event! To win, all you have to do is tweet the following:

WIN 2 tickets to the Joburg @FestOfBeer this weekend with @StephanieBe! More info: http://bit.ly/138AiMb #JHBFOB

Competition closes: Thur 5 Sep 2013 at 5pm!

Beer Label Competition

If you follow me on Twitter, or read my blog posts, you should know by now that i am in a FIERCE competition with 9 other bloggers to see who can brew the best beer. At home. This is all happening as a bit of a build up to the Cape Town Festival Of Beer. I dug deep and embraced my inner hillbilly moonshiner and set up the brewery right next to our bed. I kept the beer cold when the weather was hot, and made sure it stayed at the right temperature when it was cold. I’ve added things like cherries and strawberries, honey and love and now it is time to name and clothe it.

What i need from you creative designer types is a name & label design for my beer. For your efforts, you will receive: 4 x tickets to the Cape Town Festival Of Beer, 6 pack Black Label, a couple of bottles of my very own and VERY limited edition home brew beer, and my love & adoration.

It’d be great if the design/name had something to do with me/my blog, etc. There are so many hilarious craft beer labels and brands, but a lot of the time they have no relation to the beer itself or whomever created it. That is why i’m going to try and best describe what i want the label to kind of look like, and if you could try and translate that into a design, that would be lovely 😉

I do a blogpost every Tuesday called “Topless Tuesday” and i was hoping to incorporate this into my beer label design as it has become a really big part of my blog (and solely responsible for my ‘soft core porn mogul’ label). Seeing as you have to be over 18 to drink beer anyway, i figure that boobs on a beer bottle wouldn’t hurt anyone (or get anyone arrested). My initial idea was to have 2 girls on either side of the label, or the same girl just mirrored and then the name of the beer in the middle. The girls can be more Sailor Jerry pinup style or more modern or whatever, i’m open to suggestions. It’d be cool if they weren’t just cartoons/drawings of girls, but actual nekkid girls. With actual nekkid boobs.

The name of the beer is where i’m a little stuck. I wanted to go with STEPH BEer, but i’m not sure how lame that is? I added cherries, honey and strawberries to the beer… so i’m not sure if something clever can be made out of that?

Here are the entries that Nash & Natalie as well as Savage got.

If you have a design for me, you can email it straight through to me: stephaniebarnardt@gmail.com! Closing date for entries: Monday 18 November, 15:00.

Some inspiration (if you want to use this pic, feel free):

Blogger Brew Challenge III

Let it be known that i am possibly the biggest procrastinator i know. In fact, i know that i’m the probably ranked in the Top 10 Procrastinators Of All Time list. My mom was hoping that i would eventually grow out of it – but it turns out it isn’t all my fault. If you follow me on Twitter, or have read some of my personal blogs, you might have seen me mention that i have ADHD. It seems that it’s “cool” to have ADHD these days – much like being a DJ or having an internet radio show…. but my ADHD is legit. And i most definitely have not outgrown it.

Making beer is not a task you can’t be lackadaisical about…. it takes immense amounts of concentration and all round pedantic-ness. You also have to follow a very specific timeline, almost to the hour. I, unfortunately, have not. I get distracted and find other things i should or shouldn’t be doing. In my defense, i have had a manic few weeks – with trips to JHB and new shows and outside broadcasts and the washing machine breaking. Yes, the broken washing machine is going to take some of the blame.

As a result i am THE LAST blogger, that is taking part in this challenge, to be bottling my beer :/ I should have bottled it over the weekend, but… you know… procrastination, life, whatever. I will now be bottling it tomorrow evening sometime (read: Thursday morning or Friday or whenever).

Because all of my competitors brews are done and bottled (and 1 spilled – I’m looking at you Kamini), i can now reveal some of what i added to my beer in an attempt to make it taste like unicorn pee, but more than likely fucked it up. I soaked some Morello Cherries and Strawberries in vodka for a week and a bit and then added the boozey berries to the fermenter, as well as a few cups of honey. I did this after the “looks like tea, tastes like vomit” episode a few weeks ago.

I also have one last trick up my sleeve that might just set me apart from the rest before i bottle my beer… but we shall see. I’m not sure if it’s me being negative or just realistic, but i’m not holding out much hope to win. I think wine lady Cathy Marston, and professional drinker Dylan Moore might just be the two to keep your eye on.

 

Blogger Brew Challenge II

TURNING MY HOME INTO A BREWERY

I feel like i’m living in 1920’s America in the prohibition era and having to brew beer in my kitchen. Or maybe a bootlegger whose cooking up some moonshine in a barn somewhere. Either way, it feels like i’m running some sort of clandestine operation out of the living room in my (boyfriends) apartment.

If you’re not sure why i’ve embraced my redneck tendencies, it’s all for a good cause – WINNING! Take a look here: The Blogger Brew Challenge.

After reading thread upon thread on home brew forums as well as blog posts and articles and watching youtube videos – i realized that trying to brew beer with ADHD was going to be way more challenging than i thought. It’s a very specific, scientific process, where steps have to be followed quite precisely to make sure that you don’t end up with exploding bottles or poisoning your friends and family. I was so confused, i still am.

Before you start cooking with the malts and yeasts and stuff… you have to meticulously clean everything. EVERYTHING. Otherwise your beer will get unwanted bacteria in it and end up fermenting the wrong way and tasting like crap. Or killing someone. So the boyfriend and i diligently cleaned and sanitized everything and ended up wetting the entire apartment. Every single one of our towels had to be brought in to help the cause. They’re all in the wash now.

When we had cleaned everything, we added the boiling water and malt extract to the fermenter and hadn’t closed the tap… so you can guess what happened… boiling water and syrupy malt ALL over the floor :/ In that moment of panic, something like closing a tap becomes a mammoth task that neither of us could do quickly or easily. So way more stuff got out than it should have.

The beer is currently fermenting and is bubbling like a witches cauldron. I have no doubt that i have already done something magnificently stupid to fuck it all up.

Blogger Brew Challenge

A VERY PERSONAL ACCOUNT OF MY CONVERSION TO BEER-LOVERISM:

I can’t believe it, but it’s almost time for the Cape Town Festival Of Beer again! Since the Festival started, i’ve only missed 1 year, the very first, in 2009. It’s been great watching it grow year after year, and this year i know it’s going to be even more amazinger than the last.

I do have to confess something though – i don’t really count myself as a beer fan. In fact, not more than 2 years ago i honestly hated beer. Really really hated it. Not only did it taste like how i would imagine kitten pee would taste, it’s alcohol content to carb ratio was way off. Something changed in 2010 though… i went to the CTFOB with a colleague and he convinced me to have a sip of his Black Label Draught. It. Was. Delicious. I couldn’t believe it. I went and bought myself one, and finished it off in record time.

Now, my conversion to Beer-Loverism wasn’t instant, nor was it all encompassing. I tried to open myself up to other beers, and was never able to find another beer that i liked as much as that Black Label Draught. In fact, i still found the majority to be pretty gross. Then something even more surprising happened – i started dating a Yorkshireman who almost exclusively drinks beer, and a lot of it. The first time he ordered a Guinness, i looked at it’s blackness and thick white head, and knew that i would probably make a fool of myself if i tried it out… but i did. AND IT WAS AMAZING! I felt like my Irish Grandfather looking down on me from Purgatory, and nodding in approval, while my clan ancestors proudly shouted out war cries! I swear i heard a chorus of fiddles ring out… I saw a leprechaun… It was a religious experience.

Since then, i’ve tried even more beers. Some i love, some i hate… but i’m willing to try almost anything.

So when Dan Nash asked if i would be interested in taking part in the Bloggers Brew Challenge, i literally jumped and squealed! What is it? Well, i’m competing against 9 other bloggers/media people to see who can make the best homebrew. We were all given kits and as a result i currently have 23L of beer fermenting next to my bed.

I am, however, rather useless at stuff… so you can imagine that this process didn’t go down very smoothly. Take a look here: Blogger Brew Challenge II