Beerhouse: The pioneers in the biggest, best variety of beer in South Africa have a new menu. Developed by Beerhouse and the Ultimate Braai Master; Pieter Marais. They have managed to combine the Latin American style of smoke and spice with the rich goodness of beer to create something exceptional. This is something you don’t find in South Africa: Latin American style inspired smoke and spice flavours with a South African twist.
Ultimate Braai Master Marais explains more: “Beer is actually a food product and brewing shares many techniques similar to cooking. Beer’s raw ingredients include: malted barley, hops, and yeast; all which provide flavour profiles that can enhance food in tremendous ways. Beer can therefore be used to season, pickle and even ferment food.”
This is evident throughout the new menu with beer infused cheese, seasonings of beer through an array of beer brine and fermentation in the form of beer fermented bread and their new signature Beeracha sauce made with beer fermented chili fruit.
The “Beer Whisperer” Murray Slater, co-owner and group operations manager of Beerhouse, states: “South Africa is a meat loving nation with a proud history of outdoor fire cooking – whether braaiing, making a potjie or Shisha Nyama. The culture of sharing meat around a fire is engrained into our communities from all cultural backgrounds and form a vital symbolic part of social gatherings and celebrations.”
The new Brew Food menu encompasses these ideas by incorporating a pit smoking style and beautiful perfumes to cook the food. The custom smoking style, brand new menu and the already astounding array of 99 beers and 25 beers on tap, create a serious amount of “gees.”
With instant favourites like nachos, ribs and pulled pork, let’s get down and dirty and delve deeper into the highlights of the new menu.
Pulled pork made with their amazing “beer dust” smoked spice rub. Brisket that melts in your mouth and yet, firm enough to hold. The beautiful proudly South African Beerhouse Boerie made with craft stout beers and notes of coriander.
Pap chips, which is literally chips made from “stywe pap” coupled with chakalaka (This is a must try! Fluffy on the inside and just crispy enough on the outside). The Nachos is paired with beer infused cheese and beeracha crema.
Then the two absolute must try dishes in my personal opinion are the amazing smoked meat and beer cheese BBQ Bitterballen and the Spare Ribs Brew-BQ sauce. There’s something beautiful about spice rubbed spare ribs that hit the sweet-spot of tenderness right between dense and falling off the bone.
The new menu unfortunately only lists one dessert: the Beerhouse Beer Float. This is a very pleasant Milk stout with salted caramel and whiskey ice cream, topped with honey comb, grilled marshmallows, and whipped cream.
It’s still the same Beerhouse that we have all come to love over the years. There is still a lot of “Gees” with the best options in local and international beers. We might miss a couple of the old favourites like the “oepsies”, “flammkuchen” and “malva pudding” but, you will soon find new favourites inside the Brew Food menu with rich beer tastes and vast amounts of smokey goodness.
I will gladly recommend Beerhouse to anyone, this is not just a great place to experience and explore 99 bottles of beer on the wall and 25 on tap, it is truly a great place to go for lunch or dinner to experience smokey culinary creations that stands out from your everyday pub or restaurant.