Stellenbosch | It was as simple as waking up one morning with a crazy idea – perhaps not initially realising it would later become an award-winning one! Stellenbrau Brewery owner and founder, Deon Engelbrecht struck gold when he made the decision to venture into the world of craft brewing.
During a visit to the Kwazulu Natal on South Africa’s east coast, Deon enjoyed a few craft beers with friends. Rising the following morning for a run, he did not expect to be feeling so refreshed, despite having the proverbial ‘few too many’ the night before! It was at that moment that he knew he wanted to brew his own craft beer and that the only place to do that would be Stellenbosch – a town filled with heritage…and thirsty students!
In 2011 the wheels were set in motion. Discussions with technical specialists took place and building of the brewery infrastructure was well underway and by 2012 Stellenbrau had launched their first beer, the Craven Craft Lager. In 2014, this premium quality beer was voted top lager at the Global Craft Beer Awards in Berlin – a testimony to Deon’s foresight and vision.
Since that time, Stellenbrau has continued to expand in size, infrastructure and reputation, while maintaining it’s ‘heart’ as a true craft brewery (which to us means making great beer through hard work and with no compromising on quality!)
Paarl | Born from a thirst for real beer. When visiting our modern, state-of-the-art-brewery, or tasting one of our fine craft beers, even the most casual observer will recognise that we not only live, but celebrate beer. CBC became a reality when the Swedish brewer, Henrik Dunge joined the team of two beer enthusiasts, Charles Back and Andy Kung and helped to put their words into action to establish a brewery that makes beer as it should be made — in true craft style. It was agreed that only the finest ingredients would be good enough for our beer. This was to be our passion and pride.
CBC was born when Swedish brewer Henrik Dunge joined two beer enthusiasts, Charles Back and Andy Kung, to establish a brewery that makes beer as it should be made — in true craft style. CBC first opened its doors on Spice Route in Paarl, which is owned by Charles, in 2012.
Robertson | Rarely does the story of beer start with a baker, his brother and a Jacuzzi. But at Saggy Stone, this is exactly how a fruit and wine farm became a microbrewery, brewpub and restaurant.
Whilst in a Jacuzzi, brothers Adrian and Phillip Robinson, decided to buy a fruit farm situated in the heart of Nuy Valley, west of Robertson in the hopes of turning its grapes into wine and exporting its fruit overseas.
They changed course after travelling through Australia, where Phillip noticed a trend of microbreweries scattered in the Outback’s vineyards. This gave him the inspiration to become Robertson’s first “beer-brewing farm”.
Their dream kicked off in 2007, with a couple of experimental kit beers made for friends and family. A combination of Phillip’s recipes and Adrian’s 12-year stint as a baker, ensured they perfected the art of brewing using the all-grain brewing method, while discovering that the pure mountain water on the farm made the perfect pint.
Content with the outcome three years later, the plan was to distribute their beer to pubs but this left them feeling unsatisfied. Not knowing or being able to see how beer drinkers received their beers resulted in the birth of Saggy Stone Brewpub in 2010. Set amongst the plum orchards and built from natural river stone found on the farm, this pub puts the “craft” in craft beer.
Today, Saggy Stone offers 4 distinctively different and satisfying brews, the result of using only natural spring water found on the farm and taken from the head spring at the top of the Langeberg Mountains. This pure, moss-filtered spring water that flows over the smoothest granite, is the key to a great tasting craft beer and as the brothers know, great mountain water, makes better beer.
Paarl | Glen and Shaun have been good mates for over 30 years with Shaun even sharing a year in Glen’s carpentry business many years ago. They parted ways and Shaun went on to found a company that distributed cosmetic products while Glen continued with his carpentry.
After 30 long years they realised there was more to life than shampoo and wood and discovered the wonders of craft beer. Glen’s wish to have a brewery finally took hold in 2012 and 3 years down the line, you’re probably sipping on a Helles Lager while you read this (hopefully!).
about-imageMany years of beer drinking meant Shaun and Glen were nothing short of experts on the topic but soon learnt that the brewing process was a whole new challenge. With the prospect of sipping on their very own craft beer on the horizon, they overcame this hurdle by teaming up with brewmaster Jörg Finkeldy.
Jörg not only brings over 30 years of craft brewing experience, but he adds another dimension to the brewery and has been a huge influence on the brand that we’re establishing. We’d love to say that the passion and energy the three share for Berg River Brewery is evident in our beers, but no one really knows what that tastes like, so we’ll let you be the judge.
Stanford | As the first wine and brewing estate in the Southern Hemisphere, we run a small but growing vineyard, winery, and microbrewery situated in the Western Cape of South Africa. All of our beers are filtered and pasteurized and have a 9-month shelf life.
Darling | One of South Africa’s first well established and award-winning microbreweries since 2010, we brew a wide range of great craft beers that are loved for their flavour, high quality ingredients and slow brewing process. Each beer in the range has unique characteristics and an inspiring story dedicated to the endangered creature it honours and supports through various conservation programs we donate to.
Darling Brew is available across the country in 500ml bottles and available on tap at approved outlets. 5L Party kegs are also available from selected distributors.
More and more South Africans are starting to appreciate the skill behind a superb craft beer and the depth of range from our traditional lagers, ales, oat ales, pale ales, IPA’s, wheat beers and exotic darks.
Stellenbosch | Wild Clover Brewery, situated on the farm Wild Clover (R304), had its official opening on the 31st of august 2012. This young brewery joins the growing number of micro breweries nationwide, with the aim of brewing craft beer and enhancing and promoting the pleasure and enjoyment of this beer.
“Back to slow and the values associated with it” says Ampie Kruger and his team who are of the opinion that we are moving back to our roots and a lifestyle that is more balanced and less rushed. “The enjoyment of mealtimes and drinks are meant to be a festive occasion and not a matter of survival.” This brewery, like others in this specific market, concentrates on quality and uniqueness, to hand blend and brew the finest quality craft beer, in the same age old european traditions.
Wild Clover Brewery is the youngest addition to this rapidly growing industry. The fact that it is situated in the heart of the Cape Winelands makes it an exceptional and popular destination for locals and tourists alike. Wild Clover Brewery had its origins in 2008 in a garage, with a good dose of passion and a love of good wine and beer. Since 2011 the brewery has been at its current and permanent location.
Cape Town | Focussed on distinctive quality and innovation, our beer is made from the finest natural ingredients at our state-of-the-art Cape Town craft brewery. At Jack Black’s Brewing Co we’re dedicated to brewing beers that inspire us. Our focus is flavour and our philosophy is to innovate while staying true to traditional, hand-crafted methods.
In 2007, founding partners Ross and Meghan McCulloch set out to change the craft beer landscape in Cape Town. Having experienced the North American craft beer culture firsthand, it was clear South Africa had much to learn. Fueled with passion, perseverance, and little else – at a time when the words “craft beer” were foreign to most – Jack Black’s has grown to become one of South Africa’s most sought after and well-loved craft beers. Jack Black Brewing Co remains independently owned and operated with a goal to brew some of the highest quality and best tasting beers in Africa.
Cape Town | Devil’s Peak Brewing Company was born in the craft beer revolution where we were proud to play an integral part in the education of South African beer consumers.
The name of our brewery was chosen to firmly root the brand in Cape Town. Devil’s Peak is a geological landmark steeped in myth. It has a strong authenticity and sense of place. It is iconic in the minds of all those who have come to experience it, which is what we strive for.
In March of 2012, after two years of business case development, recipe development, garage brewing, government applications, and acquiring the right talent, Devil’s Peak Brewing Company was ready to show South Africa what it was capable of.
This is when First Light Golden Ale and King’s Blockhouse IPA were introduced alongside our now retired Woodhead Amber Ale and Silvertree Saison. We have since introduced Devil’s Peak Lager and Devil’s Peak Pale Ale to our year-round offerings.
It wasn’t too long before demand for Devil’s Peak was outstripping supply, so we decided to move from our small setup in Somerset West to a new production facility in Cape Town. This new space, with beautiful views of Devil’s Peak and Table Mountain, is where we practice our craft. We also decided it would be a great place to open our very own brewpub – The Taproom.
Fast forward three years and we’re growing again! Our brand new brewing facility, situated in Epping, will allow us to further expand our offerings while continuing to innovate and push the boundries of craft beer in South Africa.
At the forefront of this innovation will be the Afrofunk sour facility, our dedicated, in-house barrel aging program which will focus on bringing this globally trending style to the forefront right here at home.
From our Explorer Series to an ever-growing list of international collaborations with some of the world’s most celebrated breweries, Devil’s Peak is leading the charge in challenging the conventions of what beer can and should be.
The Maskam Brewing Company (Est. 2016) is located between Vredendal and Lutzville and is proud to be the first craft-beer brewery in the Matzikama region. MBC produces 3 beers: the Blonde Ale, Amber Ale and the Weiss beer. Visit the brewery for a lovely day out with the family in beautiful Namaqualand – a child-friendly restaurant and play area adjoins the brewery.
Bot River | Our beers are inspired by the beers of Belgium. We use local and imported malt and hops to create our unique take on beer.
Franschhoek | Our handcrafted beers are made by our dedicated brewmaster with the purest Franschhoek mountain spring water and the best quality imported hops and malt we can lay our hands on to ensure a superior quality beer that is enjoyed by people in the know all over the world. Made from only natural ingredients, our beers are unpasturised and naturally carbonated. Our specialized equipment, imported from Italy, ensures that the superior taste of every handcrafted bottle of beer remains consistent. Never cutting corners, never compromising, never saying good enough, we never only brew beer that we believe you will like – we brew beer that we believe will become your favourite!
Karoo Craft Breweries was established to provide a top of the line craft brewery solution for companies and craft brew enthusiasts alike. At Karoo Craft Breweries we believe that a great beer consists of more than just the sum of its parts. Our beers are crafted with the highest quality ingredients, dedication and passion.
Franschhoek | Leeu Collection embarked on an exciting journey with the Cape Brewing Company (CBC) to bring you Tuk Tuk Microbrewery in the village of Franschhoek.
Leeu Collection (in Sanskrit Singh means lion, which is leeu in Afrikaans) comprises three five-star boutique properties in South Africa’s winelands: Leeu Estates, a 17-room country house and boutique winery in the Franschhoek valley; Leeu House, an exclusive 12-room hotel in the heart of Franschhoek village; and Le Quartier Français, a romantic 26-room hotel and three-bedroom LQF Villa, also located in the village. The first addition to the portfolio outside of South Africa was Linthwaite House, a 36-room country retreat overlooking Lake Windermere in England’s scenic Lake District, followed by Leeu Villa Querce, a luxury hotel and gardens in Florence, Italy (opening 2021), and a luxury hotel in the West End of London, United Kingdom (opening 2019).
Kaspar Schulz in Bamberg, Germany was commissioned to build the bespoke microbrewery at Tuk Tuk. The company has over 300 years of experience in brew system fabrication and the 250-litre capacity copper microbrewery is sure to become a new landmark on Huguenot Street.