KZN’s top craft brew­ers cater to all tastes at Rosetta

The Witness - - NEWS - ME­GAN GEM­MELL

THE Wit­ness Rosetta Craft beer fes­ti­val has hand­picked some of the finest craft brew­eries avail­able in KZN.

Last week you were in­tro­duced to the WTF brew­ing trio. This week, we head fur­ther out of Pi­eter­mar­itzburg to the KZN Mid­lands and Amanz­im­toti. Not­ting­ham Road, Lions River, and Toti Brew­eries are all pro­duc­ing an ex­ten­sive range of fan­tas­tic beers.

Not­ting­ham Road Brew­ery is well known in KZN. Es­tab­lished in 1996, it is si­t­u­ated on the beau­ti­ful Raw­dons Ho­tel es­tate. They pro­duce a wide range of de­li­cious beers, avail­able on tap and in bot­tles and cans, of­fer­ing a beer style to suit ev­ery palate. The two brew­ers, Thu­lani Memela and John Mor­row, are both avid craft beer en­thu­si­asts with a clear pas­sion for the mighty ale. It is clear, when you talk to them, that they have a real love of brew­ing, and this fol­lows through to their beers. Their Pick­led Pig Porter stands out for me, with its bal­anced cof­fee­choco­late flavours, and a malty rich­ness that makes you crave the next sip. The brew­ery of­fers tours and tast­ings of all their beers — book­ings es­sen­tial. Do you need an­other rea­son to head out to the Mid­lands? Keep an eye out for their new brews, the Swing­ing Sa­mango Mango Ale and Wob­bling Wom­bat Fruity Ale. Lions River Brew­ery is the re­sult of Ron­ald Mc­Clel­land’s life­long love af­fair with beer. Ir­ish born, Ron was ex­posed to the won­der of brew­ing from an early age, with his fa­ther be­ing an avid home brewer. Ron fol­lowed in his fa­ther’s foot­steps, and started brew­ing beer as a hobby, but he soon had the lo­cals in­sist­ing that he sup­ply the restau­rants around Lions River. And thank good­ness he lis­tened. Ron’s hobby soon ex­panded rather sub­stan­tially when he pur­chased a Ger­man­made 500 litre sys­tem. His three adult sons (Devin, Sean and Stu­art) are equally pas­sion­ate about beer and as­sist him with all pro­cesses. Since his beer hit the mar­ket in Jan­uary 2015, they have been hard pressed to keep up with the de­mand. With a wide se­lec­tion of styles, there will be a beer, or many, that suits your style. Of par­tic­u­lar men­tion is their su­perb Vanilla Porter. This ale is full bod­ied and quite sweet, which com­pli­ments the sub­tle vanilla in the fin­ish. Lions River will be bring­ing a Bram­ble­berry ale to the Rosetta beer fest this year, made with fresh ber­ries picked lo­cally. That is go­ing to be a treat!

Toti Brew­ery know their hops, and it shows in their beers, fo­cus­ing mainly on Amer­i­can­style ales with their fruity aro­mas and flavours, and clean hoppy bit­ter­ness. Si­t­u­ated on the beau­ti­ful Illovo River es­tu­ary, and open seven days a week, they are cur­rently one of the larger mi­cro­brew­eries in KZN, with a fer­men­ta­tion ca­pac­ity of 4 000 litres.

Their Hop­stros­ity Amer­i­can IPA def­i­nitely rates as one of the best IPAs avail­able in SA. It does not skimp on hops, so it is a def­i­nite choice for the hop heads out there, packed with citrus and granadilla aro­mas and flavours.

Be­sides the hoppy Amer­i­can ales, Toti also of­fer a Pil­sner, a Weiss, an English Bit­ter and a choco­latey ale (Toti Black). The Rosetta beer fest is sure to be a tasty day with th­ese three brew­eries around.

Stephanie Fe­bru­ary of The Wit­ness said, “We are so look­ing for­ward to be­ing a part of the sec­ond year at the fes­ti­val. Each of the brew­eries will have their tried­and­tested favourites on of­fer, but will also be serv­ing a limited vol­ume of a once­off, proudly South African, Her­itage Day brew. We are ex­pect­ing an amaz­ing turnout and a happy at­mos­phere for fam­i­lies to come and en­joy the af­ter­noon.”

LRCB Team Mc­Clel­land and sons, Stu­art Mc­Clel­land, Sean Mc­Clel­land, Devin Mc­Clel­land and Ron­ald Mc­Clel­land. PHO­TOS: SUP­PLIED

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