If you haven’t noticed the revolution that is craft beer, then you need to wake up and smell the hops and barley. Over 135 microbreweries have cropped up across the country in the past few years, each with their own artisanal brew. If you’re looking for places to visit in South Africa and you’re a beer fan, then add these breweries to your list!
1. Nottingham Road Brewery
Nottingham Road Brewery was around before craft beer became a ‘thing’, so visiting these brewing veterans is a must. You can find their cosy pub-style tasting room nestled in the picturesque KwaZulu-Natal Midlands. With over 8 different brews on offer, Notties Brewery will have you saying, ‘Please Sir, I want some more.’
2. Darling Brew
Darling Brew has been stirring up magic since 2010 — so it’s no wonder this Cape-based brewery has a solid reputation amongst even the most astute beer connoisseurs.
Don’t be fooled by the warm-fuzzy name. Darling Brew is behind the infamous Bone Crusher – a spicy, citrus Wit Beer – and the hops-filled Warlord Indian Pale Ale.
Darling Brew also offer an authentic braai menu and they have a tasting room, making them one of the top places in South Africa to visit, especially for beer lovers.
3. Standeaven Brewery
Only 5 minutes away from the Durban suburb of Hillcrest, the family-owned Standeaven Brewery. Since their launch in 2012, this brewery has won numerous awards for their beer selection. Standeaven Brewery’s attention-grabbing labels and widespread distribution is the reason they are fast becoming a firm favourite amongst beer drinkers. And, did we mention they offer a watermelon flavoured brew for the ladies.
Find them at the next SA On Tap Craft Beer Festival, the Shongweni Farmer’s Market every Saturday, or enquire and arrange for a private tasting at their premises.
4. Robsons Brewery
If you’re looking to jump on the craft beer bandwagon, clearly KwaZulu-Natal is one of the top places to visit in South Africa. Established in 2006, Robson’s are most aptly known for their famous ‘Hammer of Thor’ beer, which has a reputation for knocking those brave enough to try it right off their bar stools with its hopsy clout.
They offer owner-run tasting tours at their trendy Durban waterfront premises, so when you visit, make sure you leave a little room for their upscale pub grub!
5. Drifter Brewing Co
A brewery your inner hipster will just love! Drifter Brewing Co is young and trendy with clever, cheeky branding, unique flavour combinations and memorable beer names.
The sea-loving craft beer captain at the helm of the operation even ferments a very special brew on the bottom of the Atlantic seabed – you’re definitely going to want to sample that! Check them out at their Woodstock tasting room in Cape Town every Friday.
Hopefully, we’ve got you thirsty for a beer adventure! Just make sure you share your experience with us, once you’ve ticked these amazing breweries off your bucket list. Are you looking to put a fresh spin on that bucket list? Find out more how here.