VIDEO: Neither shaken nor stirred – brewed

In character: Steve Gilroy (left) owner of the micro brewery Gilroy's in Muldersdrift with Michael Biljon (right) the brewery manager celebrating the upgrade of the facility after getting a mention in the 37th James Bond book titled Carte Blanche.

For over 18 months the owner of a micro brewery on the outskirts of Muldersdrift tried to keep a published secret just that – a secret.

“If so many Bond fans read it and are unable to find it, they will be disappointed. So the idea to build a bigger little micro brewery popped into my mind”Steve Gilroy

When James Bond, an international renowned British Secret Service agent is sent on a mission to Cape Town in the 37th novel titled Carte Blanche, his choice of beer is one brewed by entrepreneur Steve Gilroy.

“I was busy meshing the mash tun in the little brewery when I got the call: ‘Do you know James Bond drinks your beer?'”

Gilroy says he got the call from a friend who is a James Bond aficionado. He noticed the reference being made to Gilroy’s dark ale beer on page 218.

“I said no, you are pulling my leg, but he was persistent that it was in the book, so I went to buy the book and yes, he really did order a Gilroy’s beer!”

This called for a beer-drinking celebration while he sat reading and re-reading the paragraph mentioning his beer.

Even though Bond was unable to finish drinking the beer because his life was in danger and he had to flee, he looked back with utter regret for wasting the beer.

“Although I was bouncing off the walls with excitement, the next dilemma I realised was that we had to keep it quiet for as long as possible – if word got out, then many good folk would wish to taste the beer.”

He realised that he might be under pressure because his micro brewery was so small and if the demand for the beer grew he would just have to keep up.

“If so many Bond fans read it and are unable to find it, they will be disappointed. So the idea to build a bigger little micro brewery popped into my mind.”

Gilroy then started building a larger micro brewery with the intention to keep the distinctive flavour and taste of the beer the Bond character drinks.

“It took almost two years to upgrade the brewery whilst being vigilant in maintaining the character of the beer that Jeffery Deaver (author) must have tasted when he decided that this was the beer that James Bond would drink.”

Bursting with pride and being able to invite anyone who wishes to drink his beer, he says with excitement: “Gilroy’s Brewery in Muldersdrift brews the beer that James Bond drinks!”

Whether the beer will feature in the film adaptation, Gilroy says, “In the movies James Bond drinks other beer because he is paid to do so, but the real James Bond in the book drinks Gilroy’s because he wants to.”

To taste the beer produced by Gilroy’s Brewery, a two-times winner of The Telegraph’s Best of the British competition, one needs to book in advance as it is already fully booked over weekends

Jacobus Myburgh

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