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Winona Griggs

Welcome to Banana Jam Café: The Epicenter of the Craft Beer Revolution

Something absolutely amazing is happening right now in the heart of Cape Town’s vibrant Harfield Village! It’s like a magical fusion of locally brewed stout and the most delicious homemade coconut ice cream you can imagine. Picture this: a mind-boggling selection of craft beers, constantly changing and offering a tantalizing experience. Fancy some mouthwatering pork ribs smothered in Everson’s cider? Or perhaps a delectable feta prawn pasta paired perfectly with the new Jack Black Pilsner? Well, guess what? You can find all of this awesomeness here at Banana Jam Café!

The craft beer revolution is sweeping the nation, slowly but surely, and it has graced us with its presence here in the form of a vibrant rugby team fueled by a couple of pints of Hazard 10. It’s incredible!

I’ve got to tell you about this incredible place called Banana Jam. You won’t believe the passion that owner Greg Casey has for beer – it’s truly infectious. And let me tell you, that passion can be felt in every corner of this place.

It all started about six months ago when they added craft beers in bottles to their menu. I was thrilled when I heard about it because it combined three of my favorite things – burgers, pizza, and delicious beer. And on Monday nights, they even offer special discounts on the food to encourage people to treat themselves to the good stuff.

But it doesn’t stop there. Greg took his love for beer to a whole new level when he spent a month traveling along the West Coast of the States. He was on a mission to try as many different beers as he could. It was like a beer lover’s dream come true.

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He sampled dozens of beers and had experiences that some people might only seek out on a pilgrimage or at a spiritual retreat. It was a journey of discovery and enlightenment, all through the lens of beer.

Let’s talk about Banana Jam. It’s a special place, a sort of headquarters for the South African Beer Revolution. I’m grateful for this place, because it’s where the beer revolution happens in Cape Town. At Banana Jam, they have something for everyone. Alongside the well-known SAB beers, they also pay tribute to microbreweries with eight different draft taps.

Can you believe that some bars in the US have 125 beers on tap? When Greg saw that, he knew he had to do something similar. He originally planned to have six taps, but now he wishes he had gone for ten. The best thing is that he could easily have 15 different beers on tap without worrying about them going stale. That’s pretty impressive, if you ask me.

I love watching the waiters walking by with tray after tray filled with craft ale. Some of the beers are always available, while others change frequently. It’s exciting to see what new beers they have on tap each day. I might have to start dropping by Banana Jam more often!

When you come to Banana Jam, you have to start with the amazing tasting platter. For just R45, you get to try six different samplers. It’s a great way to see what you like. Once you’ve had a taste, you can order a pint of your favorite craft beer. They have Jack Black Lager, Boston Breweries’ Van Hunks Pumpkin Ale, and Triggerfish’s Ocean Potion, which is a new addition to their taps. I heard they go through about 350 liters of craft beer every week, which is pretty impressive.

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And it’s not just guys who enjoy the beer here. Women love it too, especially the ales. The menu at Banana Jam is also something to talk about. They have specials that change all the time, and they cook with beer. It’s pretty cool. They even have suggested pairings for the regular items on the menu. So you can have the perfect beer with your meal. I think it’s really exciting that they’re doing beer pairing in Cape Town. I can’t wait to try different beers with different foods and see how they complement each other.

Guess what? October is Craft Beer Month at Banana Jam! Can you believe it? They’re pulling out all the stops to bring you an unforgettable experience. I, for one, am absolutely thrilled. This month, you’ll have the chance to indulge in some mouthwatering beer-inspired cuisine. Trust me when I say that one dish in particular stands out from the rest. It’s a little something called steak in beer and bacon sauce. Just the thought of it makes my taste buds go wild!

But wait, there’s more! Banana Jam has gone the extra mile and created a special brew just for this occasion. They call it the Banana Jam Cream Ale, and it is pure heaven in a glass. You won’t find this anywhere else! The craft beer menu at Banana Jam is also expanding, so you can look forward to discovering some exciting new flavors.

Now, here’s a little secret. Banana Jam may have a surprise up their sleeve. If luck is on your side, you might just get the chance to sample some guest beers from all corners of the country. It’s like taking a beer-themed road trip without leaving the comfort of your favorite bar.

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And here’s the best part. You might run into me at Banana Jam. That’s right! I can’t resist the alluring charm of this place, and I have a feeling I’ll become a regular fixture. It’s the kind of place that feels like home – cozy, friendly, and always ready to serve up your favorite brews.

So, what are you waiting for? Head on over to Banana Jam and celebrate Craft Beer Month in style. Your taste buds will thank you, and you might just discover your new favorite beer.

Banana Jam Cafe, 157 2nd Avenue, Harfield Village (Kenilworth), Cape Town, tel 021 674 0186

Banana Jam Cafe, 157 2nd Avenue, Harfield Village (Kenilworth), Cape Town, tel 021 674 0186

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