What makes craft beer so trendy? Is it the taste? The exclusivity? Or knowing that time, thought and effort has gone into its creation?
Unlike large-scale commercial breweries, a craft brewery, also known as a microbrewery, produces only a small, limited amount of beer and is independently owned. This means that a lot of time and attention is given to the quality and taste of each batch of beer and that every batch and brewery will have it’s own distinctive tastes and characteristics.
Here are the Top Places you can Find the Best Craft Beer in Cape Town:
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1. URBAN BREWING COMPANY
This Brewery and Taproom is located right next to the Harbour Bay Market. They aim to blend old traditions with new trends. They are inspired by their local environment and only use water sourced from the mountains of Hout Bay in the brewing process. Their goal is to take craft beer to the next level and go beyond the Craft Beer fad.
They currently have 5 established beers all with their own story and history behind it.
where: 31 Harbour Rd, Hout Bay, Cape Town, 7872
when: Mon 5PM – 8PM/ Fri 11AM – 11PM/ Tues-Thurs & Sat -Sun 11Am – 8PM
t: 791 1130 / +27 82 474 9745 | e: firstname.lastname@example.org
2. DEVILS PEAK TAPROOM
Situated at the foot of Devil’s Peak, this pub is the perfect spot to enjoy your beer while admiring the view of the mountains. They also serve a food pairing board with your craft beer if you so choose.
They have 5 year-round brews and also showcase some exciting unique, barrel-aged, limited-edition specialty beers.
“The fast and dynamic pace of craft beer is something we revel in, and a force that drives us.”
where: 95 Durham Avenue, Salt River, Cape Town, 7925
when: Mon-Sat 11AM – 2AM / Sun 12PM – 6PM
t: +27 21 2011 401 | e: email@example.com
This relaxed spot has 25 beers on tap and a legendary beer wall with literally 99 bottles of beer on it. They do not brew their own beer but they do have one of the biggest selections of the best local and international craft beers on the continent.
They take great care in the curation process of their beers and you can be sure to know that you will be served by the best of the best.
“We see ourselves as a hub for all things beer, and we strive to incubate the ideals of craft while supporting local micro-breweries”
where: 223 Long Street, 8001 Cape Town
when: 11 AM till late
t: +27-21-4243370 | e: firstname.lastname@example.org
4. WOODSTOCK BREWERY
Relax in the Taproom’s beer garden with a pint or experience all the tastes this brewery has to offer with a beer tasting tour where you can get insight into their brewing process. They also have guest taps where you can try hard to find beers from other breweries. Woodstock Brewery produces over 10 different brews including specialty and seasonal beers. They are constantly experimenting with new flavors and techniques in order to create fresh and exciting new brews.
where: 252 Albert Rd, Woodstock, Cape Town, 7925
when: Tues – Thurs 12 PM – 7 PM/ Fri 12 PM – 8 PM / Sat 10 AM – 3PM
t: +27 21 447 0953 | e: email@example.com
5. BANANA JAM CAFE
Known as the coolest Caribbean style cafe in South Africa, Banana Jam serves the largest and best selection of craft beer you can find in the country. With 30 beers on tap and over 80 bottled varieties of both local and international beers, you will be sure to find your perfect brew.
In 2014 they decided they wanted to produce their own quality craft ales and created their own nano-brewery “Afro Caribbean Brewing Co.”
“With craft beers like our Coconut IPA, Bacon chili Ale, Hopsession summer Pale Ale and Valley of the Skulls Black IPA there is something for everybody”
where: 157 2nd Avenue Kenilworth, Capetown, South Africa, 7708
when: Tues – Sat 11AM – 11 PM/ Sun 11 AM -10 PM
t: 021 6740186 | e: firstname.lastname@example.org
6. JACK BLACK
Jack Black focuses on the quality and innovation of their locally made craft beers using only the finest ingredients in the brewing process. Visit their taproom or book a beer tasting tour of the state-of-the-art brewery. Since starting in 2007 Jack Black has become one of South Africas most loved and sought after beers
“Our focus is flavour and our philosophy is to innovate while staying true to traditional, hand-crafted methods.”
where: 10 Brigid Road, Diep River
when: Wed-Fi 10Am -10PM/ Sat 10AM – 4PM
t: 021 286 1220 | e: email@example.com
7. DARLING BREWERY
This award-winning brewery specializes in what they call “slow beer”. They offer tastings every day at their Tasteroom that overlooks the state-of-the-art microbrewery. Their restaurant also prepares delicious meals that complement the beers perfectly.
‘Slow Beer’ is not only the name of our first beer, it is our philosophy, encompassing all of our beers, highlighting their slow fermentation process and why people should choose it over mass produced beer.”
where: 48 Caledon Street, Darling
when: Tue-Thur 10AM-5PM/Fri-Sat 10AM-9PM/ Sun 10AM-4PM
t: 079 182 9001/021 286 1099 | e: firstname.lastname@example.org /email@example.com: www.darlingbrew.co.za
One of the oldest industrial sites in the Cape, Newlands Brewery originated in the early-1800s, when Jacob Letterstedt built the original Mariendahl Brewery and now has the status of a National Heritage Site.
During the brewing process of their award-winning beers, they only use fresh spring water, malt, maize, and hops no preservatives or GMO ingredients are used.
They are also very environmentally conscious and are making leaps into becoming a zero waste company.
where: 3 Main Rd, Newlands 7700, Cape Town
Mon 11am & 3pm (NSBCo Only – Half tour) | Tue – Thu 10am, 12pm & 2pm | Fri 10am, 12pm, 2pm & 4pm | Wed Eve 6pm | Sat 10am & 12pm
e: firstname.lastname@example.org | t: +27 (21) 658 7440
8. STRIPED HORSE
This brewery only has 3 beers that they have brewed till perfection, a Lager, Pale Ale, and Pilsner. The later got them the National Beer Trophy in 2015.
The Striped Horse “watering hole” is inspired by the well known South African Fable of how the Zebra got its stripes.
Be sure to visit their bar and grill in Muizenberg for some perfectly paired grub with your craft beer.
where: 30 Hudson St, De Waterkant, Cape Town, 8001
t: +27 (0)21 418 1211 | e: email@example.com
BAR & GRILL:
12-14 York Road, Muizenberg, Cape Town, 7945
Tel: +27 (0)21 788 2979
9. WILD CLOVER
This is a fairly new microbrewery that opened its doors in 2012 with the aim of going back to slow brewing for optimal enjoyment. They use age-old European traditions to hand brew a unique and quality craft beer.
“The enjoyment of mealtimes and drinks are meant to be a festive occasion and not a matter of survival.”
where: Wild Clover, R304, Wild Clover Farm, Stellenbosch, South Africa
when: Tue-Sat 11AM – 5PM / Sun 11AM – 5PM
t: 021 300 0370 | e: firstname.lastname@example.org
10. CAPE BREWING COMPANY
Visit this state-of-the-art modern microbrewery, that opened its doors in 2012, and taste their four core brews Pilsner, Lager, Krystal Weiss and Amber Weiss. They also have a few seasonal and specialty brews on offer.
“Born from the thirst for real beer…we not only live but celebrate beer.”
where: Suid-Agter Paarl Road, Suider-Paarl, 7624
when: Mon – Sun 10AM – 5PM
t: (021) 863 2270 | e: email@example.com
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