Who is Mad Giant
Walking into the Mad Giant Brewery located in Town at 1 Fox Street you are immediately greeted with contradictory ideas. A sophisticated Asian infused restaurant (Urbanologi) being watched over by a microbrewery Giant, one who is mad I may add. This has place has been a cornerstone and definitive reason for the revived energy in the area since 2014.
The Design and Appearance
Staring down the impressive steel giant cut out, I walked right on over to the bar to order the breweries new Cannabis Ale called Super Sessions. While waiting for it to be poured I analyzed the beer taps label. The overall design is fun, fresh and feels familiar to a stoner, such as myself. The core theme of the brand is carried throughout all drink varieties but something about the Cannabis Ale was just cooler. The iconic giant now had dreadlocks and the marijuana leaf spiralling behind it just invigorated my senses.
The draught was poured, my hand was ready and the head was picture perfect. I looked the Mad Giant standing above me dead in its eye (mono) and enjoyed a kiss Mary-Jane would have gone weak at the knees for.
Fortunately, the first kiss led to a second sip, a third, then a fourth and before my lips truly experienced each of the beers fruity notes and complexities my glass was empty; “Time to call the waiter”. Another was promptly ordered and so continued the love affair.
Now, I’m not actually the biggest Mad Giant brewery fan. I absolutely love the brand, it’s metropolitan location and it’s craft (it’s not easy to make alcohol, just easy to drink) but I don’t always warm to the options available. Many tasting trays I’ve ordered are left untouched, with a good 4.2% ABV intended to make their way through my veins being poured down the drain – I shudder to think what a younger Dabbing Dineo surviving on a students allowance would say about alcohol left in a glass?!
For once I was pleasantly surprised by my surprise for how good this Super Session really was. It had a full-bodied, rich fruity flavour that made me feel warm inside. Too often we settle for light beers to watch the calories but lose the experience of feeling intrinsically satisfied.
Now, if this was a THC beer the satisfaction levels would have been through the tin roof but the Cannabis Ale is THC Free and is brewed using Hemp Seed.
This product may just be another gimmick jumping onto the Cannabis bandwagon but it does deliver an enjoyable taste and experience throughout.
However, when drinking the same beer out of the bottle it’s advised to keep it cold and crack it open with a joint to get the full Cannabis Ale effects. You can buy the bottles either by the case at R250.00 or in four-packs for R70.00. But if you feel like exploring the city and visiting Ferriasdorp, this cold thirst-quenching kiss will set you back R42.00.
The Super Sessions is not to be missed. It has been served for close to a year now and only seems to be growing in popularity. With the cannabis conversation in full swing in South Africa, you can expect to see many more microbreweries cropping up with their own version of a Super Session. A high bar has been set by Mad Giant, only the brave will be able to reach.