Darling Brew has launched their newest beer, Rooibok, a new age lager set to form part of the brewery’s core line of beers.
Rooibok, named after the red-flanked duiker, has been specially hopped using a hop variety named Ella, which originated in Australia and displays a decided tropical and citrus aroma. Keeping Rooibok’s aesthetic true to its name and the animal which inspired it, the colour of the beer has distinctive faint red highlights. “Rooibok has a slight residual sweetness yet a rounded bitterness” says Rene du Toit, Darling Brew’s brew master. “This addition to our core line of beers is clean, refreshing and easy drinking – with a twist, of course.”
In keeping with Darling Brew’s ethos of dedicating their beers to endangered, rare or misunderstood animals, Rooibok is inspired by the red-flanked duiker - considered rare in the context of South Africa, with their biggest threat being from over-hunting for the purpose of serving the bushmeat trade.
Rooibok is also a beer very close to Darling Brew owner Kevin Wood’s heart. “I decided to dedicate this beer to my late sister,” says Wood. “Her nickname was Bok and this beer celebrates her life.” In honour of his sister Kevin Wood and his design team have placed her date of birth and initials in a ‘secret place’ on the bottle, whilst the sunset that can be found in the background of the label represents the setting of her extraordinary life.
Since launching in 2010 with their first beer, Slow Beer, Darling Brew has become known for their slow brewing philosophy and their range of beers which are always consistent in quality. Rooibok is now available at Makro stores nationwide.