I was fortunate to meet Stuart Thompson, Brewer of Loxton Lager, early in my days of acquaintance with Craft Beer. So, when I think of craft beer, this is the first one that comes to mind.
Made with a whole variety of Karoo herbs and plants, which have been used by Loxton locals for hundreds of years to cure a long list of ailments, they now add flavour to this lusty lager. Stuart very kindly made me a gift of a jar of the honey he uses in the brewing process. The darkest honey I have ever seen, thick unctuous and just packed with flavour. I am a honey freak and while I love the more delicately flavoured honeys, I just love this lusty herbal sweetness.
David Higgs well known Johannesburg Chef and owner of Marble and Saint, in his recently published book, Mile 8, refers to Loxton Lager as a food beer. And so, it is. Wonderful finesse, balance, an inviting nose and an ‘I want more’ palate. The hops, the honey and the herbs just make for a great palate and a long aftertaste. In an article in Jan, a magazine published by the well-known South African Chef Jan Hendrik van der Westhuizen, the first South African to hold a Michelin Star in his restaurant, Jan in Nice, Stuart says, “Loxton is a flavour-intense journey with many culinary notes such as berry, rosemary, fennel and also floral tones from the fynbos and honey – and then a subtle bitter finish. “It pairs well with most meat dishes, and also creamy risottos, grilled Kingklip and soft cheeses like brie and camembert with fresh figs.
While this is an eminently drinkable craft beer at any time, Loxton Lager shines when it comes to food. Ina Paarman’s Tipsy Chicken with Grapes is a great companion. Eat it with a salad, some pull apart bread and use your hands. Those fat roasted grapes popping in your mouth are a real treat. Click HERE for Ina’s recipe.
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