SA craft brew says cheers to conservation

2016-10-06 19:00 - Anje Rautenbagh
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Why would anyone ever drink and drive when there is an opportunity to consume and conserve? That’s right; you can say cheers to conservation with a cold gold one thanks to Darling Brew.

The idea of a microbrewery was born just as the founders of Darling Brew, Philippa and Kevin Wood,left home for a trip into Africa where seeing as much wildlife and drinking as many different beers as possible, was their main goal.

That was seven years ago.

Today, Darling Brew is one of South Africa’s leading microbreweries and also an innovator in the craft beer industry.

Darling Brew is the proud pioneer of Africa’s first carbon neutral beer, the Blood Serpent. This lager with its spicy flavours and grassy undertones promotes sustainability through the Kariba REDD+  project (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation) which is committed to reforestation, empowering communities and protecting wildlife.

The Blood Serpent was inspired by the Secretary Bird that’s listed on the IUCN Red List as vulnerable and it is merely the foamy tip of Darling Brew’s craft beer conservation iceberg. Each and every one of Darling Brew’s beers has been inspired by an endangered animal and the beers create much needed conservation awareness.

Whether you prefer a Lager, Ale, or a Wit it is as simple as: drink a Darling Brew beer to create some awareness.

Other Darling Brew’s Lagers include the Sungazer and their first ever beer, Slow Beer, inspired by the geometric tortoise and the philosophy of slow-living accompanied by a slow fermentation process. 

The Ales are Gypsy Mask, Black Mist, Rogue Pony, Thunder Bird and White Bird. The Gypsy Mask is inspired by the roan antelope of which there are less than 70 left in Kruger National Park while the Black Mist got its motivation from the Verreaux’s Eagle, a raptor that still suffers through poisoning, habitat destruction and illegal animal trade. The endangered plains zebra inspired the Rogue Pony ale and Thunder Bird, got its name from the critically endangered Southern Ground Hornbill.  The white Indian pale ale, White Bird, was named after the white albatross and Warlord, derived from the black rhino.

If it’s Witbeer that you are after then the Silver Back got its inspiration from the honey badger and one of Darling Brew’s most favourite beers, the Bone Crusher, is named after the spotted hyaena.

The reality of the rapid decline of certain wildlife species is a bitter pill to swallow, but sustainable establishments like Darling Brew turns a bitter pill into a bitter beer in the name of conservation.

If that is not enough reason to crack open a gold one, keep in mind that there are multiple health benefits to drinking beer and that water accounts for 95 percent of beer’s content. And if you need to convince someone to join in on the conservation efforts, just start the conversation with, “but darling, it’s for a good cause…”

Halt at the malt, hop on over to Darling Brew or get it off the shelf and have a barrel of fun because the bottom line of this bottoms up story is simple: You consume, you conserve. You sip, you support.

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