WHEN someone asks “single or double?” I don’t understand the question; the answer is always a double. This summer, South African craft gin pioneer Inverroche is hosting a series of live music events in the newly-built outdoor concert area at its Stilbaai distillery, each one featuring an artist double bill.
The first one is on Monday, December 17 with my favourite rockers of all time, Wonderboom, setting the sizzling summer tone along with Prime Circle. There are 12 concerts in the series, which runs until January 4.
But as they say in the late night TV commercials, wait, there is more: Inverroche has released five limited edition gins in collaboration with five of the artists. A single batch of about 1200 bottles per artist has been distilled in “Meg”, Inverroche’s trusted copper pot still (which are usually named after significant women) and each bottle will be filled, labelled and numbered by hand and co-created by each artist. The limited edition bottles will be on sale online and at the Inverroche distillery during the performance of the respective artist. The artists collaborating with Inverroche are Prime Circle, Watershed, Jeremy Loops, Parlotones and Freshlyground.
The Southern Cape region of Stillbaai and its immediate surrounds has recently been recognised as the birthplace of human creativity, with the world’s oldest artwork being discovered at the Blombos Cave not far from the Inverroche distillery. Highlighting the creative connections between the region, the music of the artists and the creativity of Inverroche’s unique fynbos-infused gins, the gin-makers have recently released Coco Carissa, a new gin in its “Creative Collection”.
Concerts are set to begin at 7pm, but the distillery will be operating as usual, offering many activities like gin schools, tours and tastings, rum schools and tastings, as well as garden picnics on the luscious green lawn and liqueur tastings.
Book all events and activities online here, where you’ll also find the full lineup. Tickets from R280 to R350.
One lucky Eat Play Drink Cape Town subscriber will win a prize of a trio of Inverroche gins (Verdant, Classic, Amber) and two VIP tickets to the concert of their choice, including – squeal! – a meet and greet with the bands. All you have to do it sign up for the email notifications and you’ll be in the draw. The winner will be drawn on Friday, December 14. Good luck and happy holidays!