Whoever thought South Africa can only produce good wine is in for a delightful surprise. Of course, South Africa has an incredibly large wine production and is famous for the many wine regions and the wine tastings that are offered in plentiful quantities on beautiful wine estates. But maybe you didn’t know that there is another beverage South Africa is really good at – beer! The excellent range of beer offered by local breweries should not be missed when visiting South Africa and especially Cape Town. South Africa’s beer culture has been greatly influenced by the Europeans who came in the last centuries. But long before that, the locals had a lot of experience in brewing and developing their own beer and in recent years the beer scene has experienced strong growth. Now it’s your turn to enjoy the great variety and decide which beers make it into your favourite list!
Newlands Brewery, Newlands
The Newlands Brewery has been in existence since 1820, thus it has a lot of experience and you can appreciate the insight of the brewery’s daily processes during one of their tours. Immerse yourself in the brewing culture and learn from experienced tour guides how modern brewing works and enjoy the taste of the beers at the end of the tour. Don’t forget to make a reservation for your beer tasting tour in advance to make sure you are not disappointed.
Phone: +27 (21) 658 7440
Devil’s Peak Brewing Company, Salt River
If you would like to pair your beer tasting with a delicious meal, consider the Devil’s Peak Brewing Company in Salt River. The taproom is always the most popular place to enjoy their own beers and combine it with a perfect dish of tasty burgers, fries, and salads. Of course, you can also have a look at the brewing equipment to see into the brewing process. The building and the atmosphere are just fantastic and worth a visit.
Phone: +27 (21) 201 1401
Woodstock Brewery, Woodstock
The Woodstock Brewery taproom offers you a variety of different beers for you to try and sample. But you can also relax in the beer garden with a big glass of fresh beer. They offer seasonal beer with special tastes for those who want to try something different such as beer brewed with vanilla pods.
Phone: +27 (74) 875 5210
Beer House, Cape Town City Centre
In case you are not that interested in the history and process of beer making there is another place you can go. The famous Beer House is home to a large number of different beers. It boasts about offering 25 tap beers and 99 bottles of South African beer but also international brewed beer. As it is situated in the city bowl on Long Street, the party mile of Cape Town, you should be in the right mood for loud music and many people around you but you should give it a try and enjoy the atmosphere!
Phone: +27 (79) 369 8990
Signal Gun, Durbanville
And if you’re looking to have a fantastic day out sprawled on giant cushions that lie on lush green grass, take a trip north to Durbanville at Signal Gun, who offer beer tastings and even a biltong pairing with their very own home brewed craft beer. It’s such a relaxing and inexpensive way to spend the afternoon lazing around and trying out not just one, but two of South Africa’s cultural gems.
Phone: + 27 (21) 976 0770