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Old cars at the brewery

If you ever visit Newlands Brewery (their brew tour is amazing), don’t forget to stick your head into the garage on the side of the parking lot. They have an old steam engine, a wagon and lovely old car. Just a small piece of SAB history.

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Lion Lager train (they still brew Lion Lager but only every 4 years)

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“Charles Glass” wagon

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Newlands Brewery Delivery car

Mostert’s Mill

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Mostert’s Mill was built in 1796 in Cape Town, and it is the only surviving windmill in Cape Town. It is perched on the side of the M3 freeway – just below the University of Cape Town, and is passed by thousands of cars every day. I have driven past it (quite literally) thousands of times myself. But when driving past I just get a glimpse. When running past I get time to pause, take a look and appreciate the wonderful skill that must have gone into the making of the mill. Luckily for me the mill is on one of my favourite running routes when I do some training in the Rondebosch area.

Occasionally they set the sails and the mill can be seen in operation – just like it was over 200 years ago.

More details are at http://www.mostertsmill.co.za/

Table Mountain

I had lunch with colleagues in Table view on Saturday, and it is not called Table View for nothing. Just look at that fantastic view of Table Mountain with the city in the front. If I lived in their apartment I think I would “work” from home every single day!
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In the fog

On Thursday we had a very foggy day, so I was unable to drive to work without a quick photoshoot stop. I love the ethereal way everything looks in the mist; it is a time when you wonder if the world has not maybe moved a little closer to that of the fair folk…

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Bridge to nowhere

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Trees in the mist

Brewery tour

I lived in Newlands for many years, and sometimes when the wind was blowing just right you could smell the malty taste of the boiling beer, but I have never actually visited the brewery.

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The fermentors – 5 stories high, and 2 tons of yeast added per fermentor – my fermentor at home is just 20L

This week they kindly took myself, my wife and a few friends on a tour of the brewery, and it was the most fantastic evening. We thought it would be a quick tour & tasting, but we asked so many questions and were enjoying the tasting so much that we ended up spending most of the evening at the brewery.

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Bottling

The plant is a very slick operation and almost runs itself. The automation is staggering. Just one person overseas the brewhouse, and about 10 people look after the entire bottling line.

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Bottling

They told us that some of the bottles that leave the brewery have a turnaround time of 3 days. Yes in just 3 days some of the empties are returned – ready to be filled for the next batch.

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The microbrewery

They have a small onsite microbrewery which can make about 2000l of beer at a time. Compare this to my little brewery which can just make about 20l at a time! Personally I think that the beer from the microbrewery is the most interesting, they do an ale, a blond ale and a weiss (wheat) beer. All of which are fantastic.

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Post-tour beer tasting

If you want to visit the brewery you can book yourself on a tour. It just costs R80, and that includes a beer tasting and 2 beers in the pub afterwards. Highly recommended!

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