Cederbrew – Craft Beer From Cederberg

Last week, our good friends at Hillcrest Tops started stocking a new Craft Beer from Ceder Brew, so we had to try it out. And it was so good, we thought it was worth a mention right here on BeerBros.

The Brewery

The Ceder Brew brewery started in 2013 and is based in the heart of the Cederberg valley, on the Nieuwoudt family farm. The brewers are sisters, Melanie and Tania Nieuwoudt and are doing a damn fine job so far. Ceder Brew is getting quite a bit of attention recently after their dry stout was ranked in the top 10 South African Craft Beers for 2014.

Melanie and Tania Nieuwoudt
Photo Courtesy of Lucy Corne – BrewMistress.co.za

The Beers

The craft beers from Ceder Brew were extremely gluggable (in our professional opinion!) Scott and I tasted all four of them and were very impressed. Here is the short roundup

The Yellowfish Lager

A 5% American slow brewed lager. Quite sweet with a lovely golden colour. Very easy to drink and extremely refreshing. Definitely a beer we could drink all night long.

The Catfish Ale

This dark orange 5 percenter English pale ale was our favourite. It has both a strong hop aroma and flavour, but is not overpowering like an IPA can be for some. It has a slightly bitter aftertaste like a good ale should. Simply amazing – we want more!

The Chubbyhead Stout

This award winning dry stout has a distinct burnt coffee flavour. This 4% stout was bitter, thick and delicious. Not for the faint hearted, but stout lovers will rejoice.

The Sandfish Weiss

We have to admit up front that we do not really enjoy the Weiss style of beer, but nevertheless, Ceder Brew’s take on the Weiss was semi-sweet and refreshing. If you enjoy a great Weiss, then you will be right at home with this.

In Summary

The Catfish Ale was a hands-down winner for both Scott and I, and we would gladly throw back a couple litres on any given weekend. Also bear in mind that we love our IPA’s so we tend to be a bit biased when comparing to the likes of a Weiss. Overall, Ceder Brew has delivered 4 very different and very good beers. We will definitely be stocking up our fridges with more in the future!

Ceder Brew Website : http://cederbrew.co.za

Twitter : @cederbrew

Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/cederbrew

Live in the Hillcrest Area? Then buy Ceder Brew beers from Hillcrest Tops.


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