Cheers to National Beer Day on the 4th of Feb – pints of local ale don’t always come paired with a heavenly view, but they do come with something more befitting a craft beer’s cool image – the chance to explore up-and-coming neighbourhoods in the most bustling cities of South Africa. Celebrate National Beer Day in your city and check out this guide to some of the best brews in town.
A visit to the South African Breweries (SAB) World of Beer in Johannesburg’s Newtown Cultural Precinct offers a fascinating introduction to the history of beer and brewing. It’s a must-visit attraction when in town.
Tel: +27 11 836 4900
Take a drive out of the city to The Black Horse Brewery. The brewery is just a scenic hours’ drive outside Johannesburg and is situated on the edge of the Magalies River. Overlooking the breathtaking Zeekoeihoek valley, guests can relax and enjoy an afternoon under our magnificent pecan nut trees. Take a break from your busy schedule and join them today.
Tel: +27 82 453 5295
Have you ever heard of the Hop-on Beer Route? This great beer route runs on a daily basis in Port Elizabeth and stops at three micro-breweries, incorporating 11 uniquely different craft beers for tasting. Along the way, you stop at three different designated manufacturers of craft beer or micro-brewerie to meet the brewers, sample their products, enjoy some lunch and learn all about the interesting art of beer making.
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Tel: +27 82 464 6022 or for more information on this awesome beer route click: Here
Nowhere is the craft beer scene as exciting as in Cape Town. In 2013, there were just five breweries operating in the city. Now a few years later, numbers have grown to 26, with many more waiting in the wings. Small-scale breweries are dotted around the city, but it is the trendy neighbourhood of Woodstock that is hub of the Mother City’s beer revolution. The Brewers’ Co-op is among South Africa’s most interesting brewing ventures: a cooperative of 16 beer lovers who share equipment and premises. The premises in question is in a former fruit ‘n’ veg store, now painted in a psychedelic style and shared with shops and restaurants.
Not far away is one of South Africa’s best-known and most revered micro-breweries, Devil’s Peak Brewing Company. The team found premises near the landmark mountain that their brewery is named for and set about converting this clothing factory in a run-down corner of Cape Town into one of the city’s hippest hangouts.
The KwaZulu-Natal brew route is akin to a treasure hunt, as beer lovers meander across the province, from the Valley of a Thousand Hills, through the Midlands Meander, and northeast into Zululand, then to the seaside, seeking to uncover the province’s finest beers. There are almost too many brilliant restaurants, coffee shops and farm stalls in the Midlands Meander to count, all of which compete to offer the best country-crafted deliciousness. Right up at the top of the list though has to be the Nottingham Road Brewery, which apart from offering some of the finest small-batch craft beer to be found far and wide, also offers wholesome, mouth-watering lunches and dinners prepared by their award-winning chef.