By Christian Eedes, 13 January 2014
Craft beers are surely stealing market share from wine on the basis that they offer great flavour experiences for relatively little money but Charles Back of Fairview and Spice Route has headed this potential problem off by providing his own beer offering in the form of the Cape Brewing Company.
To start lunch at the Goatshed restaurant on Fairview last Thursday, a CBC Pilsner (R30 per 440ml bottle) which proved nicely bitter as beers of this style should be and paired well with platters of cheese and cold meats to eat. For main course, a hearty slice of trout quiche with Fairview’s white blend that is Nurok 2012 – rated 5 Stars in the current edition of Platter’s, it sells for just R95 a bottle and as such, will give habitual beer drink at least pause for thought before ordering their next beverage.
Whereas the visitor experience at some wineries is pretentious and kitsch at others, Fairview gets it just right. A magnificent billy goat ensconced in the tower at the entrance. A Madiba scarecrow among the topiary planted to the colours of the national flag. And a motorcycle sculpture from scrap featuring kudu horns for handlebars – no Dylan Lewis here. No wonder the place was absolutely heaving when we visited.