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It’s the end of another trash-fire year! And what better way to celebrate the passing of 2021 than by listening to your two favorite beer nerds, Matt and Marcel as they review the very best that the year had to offer?

So tune out your drunk aunt, the annoying children, and that weirdo who rocked up for turkey that nobody invited and tune in to the mad ravings of the SBV crew as they contemplate such weighty matters as the best beer of 2021, their favorite video games, the best tv show of the year and many (some would say way, way too many) other beer and non-beer related geekery.

Join us for this 2-part bumper Xmas edition and find out why there is still hope despite the fact that Marcel likes silly sitcoms and Matt believes that the end is nigh..

Beers consumed and waxed lyrical about:

Soul Barrel Brewing Co – Ale of Origin (2017 vintage)
Anvil Brewhouse – Mjolnir IPA
Devil’s Peak Brewing Co. – Juicy Lucy NEIPA
Kennel Brewery – Love Buzz NEIPA
OC and Yeti Underground – Jekyll and Hops Pale Ale
Agar’s and Goodwill Breweries – Brut Savage Brut IPA
Devil’s Peak Brewing Co. – King’s Blockhouse Grapefruit IPA

Best of 2021 Picks

Matt’s Picks:
Pet beer-related peeve of the year: Supply Chain of Lagunitas Beer & Wax sealed bottles

The best movie released this year: Dune

Best beer label of the year: The Kennel Brewery: Love Buzz NEIPA.

The best old tv series re-watched this year: Community (All Seasons)

Best ongoing tv series: Doom Patrol; Curb your Enthusiasm; It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia; The Expanse; & Succession

Best new tv series launched in 2021: Squid Game; Wanda Vision; Mare of Easttown & Invincible

Best novel of the year (published in 2020-21 or near enough in this case): The Three-Body Problem, by Liu Cixin

Best old novel read this year: The Mistborn Trilogy by Brandon Sanderson

Best Beer of 2021: Red Bridge Brewing Co.’s Golden Ale

Favorite beer style of the year: Pilsner

Best old movie(s) watched for the first time this year: The Studio Ghibli Collection

Band/artist of the year (most listened to): In the Airplanes over the Sea by Neutral Milk Hotel (1998) & Electric Magnolia Company by Jason Molina / Songs: Ohio

Favorite video game of the year: No Man’s Sky (Shoutout to Suzerain)

Wishlist beer for 2022: Jack Black Brewing Co. Fresh Hop IPA 2022 (as good as the original)

What would we like to see happen in craft beer in 2022?: More craft beer taps in local, everyday pubs and restaurants (especially in Jozi)

Brewery of the year: Soul Barrel (Franschoek)

Xmas Beer & Movie for 2021: Jack Black Lumberjack & Fight Club

Marcel’s Picks:
Pet beer-related peeve of the year: Wax sealed bottles.

The best movie released this year: Love and Monsters (2020); Project Power (20/21)

Best beer label of the year: Richmond Hill Brewing Co. November Child Chamomile Saison

The best old tv series re-watched this year: Seinfeld (All Seasons) & Law and Order (Season 7; 1996-7)

Best ongoing tv series: Bosch and Kim’s Convenience

Best new tv series launched in 2021: The Defeated

Best novel of the year (published in 2020-21): Widowland, by C.J. Carey

Best old novel read this year: Voyage to the end of the Room (2003), by Tibor Fischer & A Hundred Thousand Kingdoms, by N.K. Jemisin.

Best Beer of 2021: Soul Barrel Brewing Co.’s Live Culture Cape wild ale

Favorite beer style of the year: Saison

Best old movie watched for the first time this year: Planes, Trains, and Automobiles (1987)

Band/artist of the year (most listened to): Sleeping Operator by The Barr Brothers (2014) and Dirty South Hip Hop – Chris Thomas King (2002)

Favorite video game of the year: The Long Dark

Wishlist beer for 2022: A really good, super-bitter DIPA produced locally (IBUs 100+).

What would we like to see happen in craft beer in 2022?: More focus on local ingredients and local cultural / arts/craft partnerships.

Brewery of the year: Soul Barrel, Franschoek (Honorable mention: Devil’s Peak)

Xmas Beer & Movie for 2021: Westmalle Dubbel & Die Hard

 

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