Beer Recipes | Black or White Mussels

THis was the best Mussel Experience we ever had

We were at the coast recently and read somewhere that stout and mussels make a great combination, however, we only had a Vanilla Porter. So we got some fresh mussels and thought of giving it a go! We were not disappointed with the result at all, in fact, it was the best mussel experience we had ever had.

Ingredients

  • 1 shallot
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • ½ a handful of fresh Italian parsley (Picked off Stems)
  • ½ a handful of fresh thyme (Picked off Stems)
  • 50g of unsalted butter
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 kg mussels , cleaned and debearded, from sustainable sources
  • 250 ml Black or White “Hy Smaak Ooraait” Vanilla Porter
  • 50 ml double cream

Method

  1. Peel and finely chop the shallot and garlic, and finely chop the bacon. Finely chop the parsley and thyme.
  2. In a pan on low heat, melt the butter and sweat the shallot, garlic for 4 to 5 minutes.
  3. Add the herbs, the bay leaf, and a pinch of sea salt and black pepper.
  4. Next, add the mussels (if any are open, give them a tap; if they don’t close, throw them away), then add the Black or White. Boil, then lower the heat, cover, and steam for 3 to 5 minutes, or until the mussels have opened (discard any unopened ones).
  5. Stir in the, adjust the seasoning and serve with bread.

How to Clean Mussels

Preparation of the mussels took some time, but cooking the meal took about 15 minutes. If you give it a try, share the results on our page.

 

***We also strongly advise discarding any mussels that are not good to eat as advised in the recipe, play it safe***

Sharing The Taste | Beer For A Year Winners Chat

Beer-drinking is a journey when there’s craft beer on the menu.

It’s been a few months since we sent our winners Janene and Paul their first boxes of Beer to share, after winning our ‘Beer For A Year, Shared With Your Best Mate” competition. I felt the need to catch up with the two and see how much they enjoying the extra beer in the fridge.

Q. Since having a few more bottles of beer in the fridge between the two of you, who would you say is the biggest beer drinker?

J. Ha! Definitely Paul! But only because he’s taller…

P. That said Janene has definitely been drinking more beer than usual, because it’s excellent and she can’t resist.

Q. Since having craft beer more frequently in the fridge, would you say your taste for beer has changed for the two of you?

P. Beer-drinking is a journey when there’s craft beer on the menu. The mass-produced stuff is just a means to an end. THIS beer is an experience.

Have you had any occasions where you have had the opportunity to “Share The Taste” of the MBco beers with friends? What were their thoughts on the taste?

J. Oh yes! Let’s just say our friends are super jealous that we get to drink this incredible beer regularly. Quite a few are staunch craft beer drinkers and enthused about the quality of the beer in our fridge. In general, the reviews have been rather poetic.

Q. I think by now it’s fair to say that you guys have an obvious favourite? What are your MBco favs? and what do you like about them?

P. Madala’s

J. Love the Fynbos.

Q. Lastly, I am sure you have had some of the beers with a meal you cooked up, any meal that stands out where the beer tasted really great with it?

P. Everything? Anything?

J. What stands out is when Paul made his very first vegetarian potjie. It was essentially a vegetable green curry – so good. We had a couple of bottles of the Fynbos in the fridge and they went down a treat with the curry potjie around the mid-winter fire.

Even their dog has a little piece of the fun with the beer

We are seriously stoked that Janene and Paul are enjoying the beer as much as they are, and getting the opportunity to ‘Share The Taste’ with friends too. To us, there is nothing better to raise in celebration of friendships, nothing better to cheers in a moment of celebration, than beer.

CHEERS!

Meet MBco’s Real Madala | A Father’s Day Interview

If you grow it slow enough and grow the market with you, it can be a success!

Seeing as though Father’s Day was on its way, I thought it would be a great idea to have a sit down with Gerhard Groenewald, Father of PG, MBco’s brewmaster and the real Golden Madala of Mountain Brewing Co.

Q. Would it be correct to say that in South Africa you are a bit of a 4×4 guru?

A. I think you can say that I’ve been around the mountain a couple of times and through my travels, I have been fortunate to visit and experience some of the most scenic and interesting spots.

Q. This is definitely some tough & extreme driving and I am sure you enjoyed a cold one afterwards, what used to be your go-to beer? 

A. Pilsner Urquell used to be my go-to beer.

Q. You are also involved with conservation efforts, and I have seen you in photos with baby baboons? Tell us a bit more about that.

A. I love all animals, but have a very special relationship since childhood with baboons and seeing that they are considered vermin in South Africa, with a policy of “kill on site”, I try and rehabilitate small baboons and unite them with a troop, one at a time.

Q. Since opening the brewery, how has your taste for beer changed?

A. I am more exposed to different styles of beer and love the variety.  I love the more hoppy beers.

Q. A Dad always has good advice for his kids, so when PG decided he wanted to become a brewer, what were your thoughts as a Dad and what advice did you offer?

A. Out of all the ideas and schemes over the years, beer brewing seemed more viable.  After tasting his first beer, still in kit form, I immediately saw a business opportunity that could enhance Klipbokkop’s business.  My advice to PG has always been, take baby steps and keep up the quality.  Do not dream of becoming the next beer on every shelf.

Q. When MBco had its official opening, I remember you brewed a mighty Stout, are there any other brews since that you have been proud of?

A. Not really, even though I am a quick learner and it’s fun, brewing is not for me.

Q. You have been very ‘Hands-On’ with the construction of the brewery, is there any future plans for the brewery?

A. Yes, we are in the process of constructing a building, to have space for more experimental types of brew, like Vat Brewing.

Q. Mountain Brewing has grown substantially since opening, did you ever think the brand would grow like this? 

A. In all honesty no, but with all the medals and praise for PG’s beer from the marketplace, the growth came exponentially.

Q. Both you and PG obviously have a vision for the Brand and Brewery, where would you like to see MBco in 2 years time?

A. A small brewery with high-quality beers, where people can order in advance for their seasonal beer or speciality beer. The Trappist way.

Q. Of all the beers types that PG has and currently brews which is your favourite?

A. PG has been brewing a very tasty English IPA, then there is Cape Kraken, but Copper Dawn has become a favourite as well.

Q. Obviously Mountain Brewing Co. strives to brew the highest quality beer, and that has shown in medals but what else can you say MBco can be seriously proud of?

A. We have strived to incorporate the local community through recycling of bottles, wooden crates made by the handicapped and using local packaging rather than importing cheaper products.  This has been a success story on its own for MBco, creating work and supporting the handicapped. We are proud of that.

Q. Lastly, I think it’s really outstanding how you have been involved with your son’s choice to do what he loves. What advice can you give to other Fathers out there with their children who have, what seems at first, an outlandish dream?

A. If you have a market for the idea, it can work.  If you grow it slow enough and grow the market with you, it can be a success.

 

Fynbos Ale | The new seasonal beer with A Kiss Of Mother Nature!

We are proud to show off a truly proudly South African Beer

It’s been in the making for quite a while now, but because of Mothers Day we felt it the perfect time to show off out latest seasonal beer. Simply named Fynbos Ale. Fynbos Ale was inspired by PG to brew something absolutely local, and experimenting with some of the rich variety of over 9000+ species of Fynbos in the Klibokkop Nature reserve. He picked a single species to make this rich floral beer with notes of Litchi, Turkish Delight and finally a Lemony Zest twang. It’s fresh and will have you savouring what is definitely a truly South African Kiss Of Mother Nature. Fynbos will be seasonal, and you beer lovers can expect the official release at the end of winter.

 

The Mother Behind The Scenes At MBco

My only request was:  please keep this small, manageable and do it as a hobby!

and Celebrating Mothers Day I thought I would catch Elmarie Groenewald our Brewmaster’s mother, and chat about beer, PGs first brew and something exciting we are releasing on Mothers Day.

Q: First and foremost, did you drink beer before MBco? Way back I used to do a shandy or Radler, and normally the taste of craft beer was just too bitter

A: Way back I used to drink a Shandy or Radler, and normally the taste of craft beer was just too bitter for my liking.

Q: What other relaxing beverage do you enjoy?

A: Seriously – I am a sissy drinker so rather skip this question…  Gin and Appletiser?

Me: I don’t know there Elmarie, it’s a pretty suave and tasty drink and given me a hangover.

Q: Now a mother always supports her children in whatever they do, what were your initial thoughts when PG told you he wanted to brew beer?

A: I thought oh no, not another scheme, but with his dad being an avid beer drinker and seeing him so enthusiastic about it, I was reserving my opinion.  My only request was:  please keep this small, manageable and do it as a hobby! HaHa!

Q: With that, what was his first beer like? And if it was bad did you say it tastes amazing?

A: It was bitter, as expected, but with an interesting mixture of aromas that kept me tasting and tasting….

Q: Do you find you drink a bit more beer now that the family is in the beer industry?

A: Yes, I think I am starting to understand a little bit better and testing the new batches, I can also contribute from a female’s perspective.

Q: How long have you have been involved with Klipbokkop?

A: Since the beginning when we did not even have an entrance or a small track going up the mountain.

Q: Beer and Food make such a great combination, where do you get your inspiration from when pairing the two? 

A: I trust PG’s experience and food preferences and we all have a say in the latest taste sensation developed in the kitchen.

Q: MBco is releasing another seasonal beer on Mothers Day, what are your thoughts on the beer?

A: Very exciting times and I am sure this beer will take it far, hopefully internationally.  What I love about it is the way PG made use of our fragrant fynbos and its unique character.  I am so proud of him and so thankful for all that has happened since craft beer got its foothold on Klipbokkop.

Q: And you had the idea for the label. Where did the idea come from?

A: The name was actually also my idea.  We played around with how to best portray fynbos and I remembered a picture that I took of the endemic cape sugarbird on a king protea that just says ”Cape Fynbos” to me.  Truly a proudly South African product

PG’s Mother being so busy and involved with so many aspects of Klipbokkop and Mbco made me think about a definition I saw once about a mother:

Mother [Muth-er] – noun

  1. One person who does the work of twenty. For Free.