Zimbabwe is taking its first steps towards a new and hopefully vibrant beer scene. Maybe it is to early to state that but that was my first thought when I heard about Sarungano Brewing in Harare. You have to start sometime and somewhere. Now is always a good time to start and why not in Harare! Bespoke Brewers at the Beer Engine in Jameson Hotel has been the one and only craft brewer for years. Sarungano launched their first beers in September 2013.
From their website: “Sarungano” in Shona is the vernacular title for Story teller. They would gather people around and weave spellbinding stories that would entertain, inform and educate the gatherings. A name we found fitting for our brewery as we attempt to achieve similar feats of the Sarunganos of old. Except our narrative is done by our brews. What else would lubricate the tongue better! We believe the best, funniest, saddest, emotional, inspirational and somewhat bizarre stories are told whilst sharing a good beer amongst friends, family and the occasional stranger. And yes the freeloader has his use as well. So come share in our beer narrative.
Just Brewing Co is one of the new craft breweries in South Africa. If you are going to the Huddle Park Beer Fest you are able to taste their Just Chocolate Coffee Stout, Just Porter or Just Pale Ale. If you are not you could visit them in Boksburg.
From their website: Just Brewing Company started in January 2014. We are a family owned and run brewery based in Boksburg. We focus on keeping our brewing practices community friendly, donating our spent grain to community projects like the Boksburg Bokkie Park. Our focus is on producing good quality beer that people can enjoy drinking any time. We don’t filter any of our beer or add any additives. Our beer is bottle conditioned and is best enjoyed chilled.
Ceder Brew is the first brewery located in the heart of the Cederberg. The brewery is situated on the Nieuwoudt family farm and has a really interesting head brewer.
From their website: For Dr Melanie Nieuwoudt her doctoral studies on beer brewing are much more than just an academic matter. She will be putting the knowledge she has gained over the past four years into practice by opening a micro-brewery in the Cederberg on the Nieuwoudt family farm, Krom Rivier.
Dr Nieuwoudt is one of 18 graduates of the Faculty of AgriSciences at Stellenbosch University who receives her doctorate on 24 April. Findings from her PhD studies in food science now makes it possible for brewers to consistently, make a beer with a stable foam head as well as a longer shelf life.
I am not sure if they have opened to the public yet but if and/or when they do you will be able to enjoy a Chubby Head Stout or Catfish Ale.
Bespoke Brewers at the Harare Beer Engine is one of only two Craft Breweries in Zimbabwe (not counting Shabeens and home-brewers). Situated just a couple of blocks away from the Harare Central station it is the perfect stop when in the Zimbabwean capital.
Opening up in 1997 they are one of the oldest craft breweries in southern Africa. Peter Triggs (owner and brewer) tells me that “We’re recovering from a lost decade since we opened in 1997, but we’re slowly getting there again.”
They have five different beers on tap. Sold in the Harare Beer Engine at one US dollar 330ml glass. The capacity is fairly high with nine fermenting tank (á 800 liters).
They describe their beers:
Sabie Brewing Company is a new brewery that is going to open in Sabie, Mpumalanga. Sabie is a small town inbetween the Hops Hollow Brew Pub in Longtom Pass and the soon to open Mountain Stream Brewery up in Graskop. The brewery is situated in one of the oldest buildings in Sabie, the H.T. Glynn House build in 1921.
I let you know more when I know more!
Location: 41-43 Main Street/Road, Sabie (H.T. Glynn House)
Phone: 083-627 4188
Swagga Breweries is a new brewery in the south-west part of Johannesburg or more correctly in Alrode, Alberton. They have the first 2000 litres brewing at the moment (an Irish Red Ale and a Belgium Blonde). They need to do a couple of test runs before they hit the market so keep your eyes and ears open.
From their website: “Swagga is about representing yourself in a way that demands respect in everything you do.”
“Update: 21/05/2014 “We are fully operational now, bottling plant is also up and running. We are currently producing the Swagga Red, Swagga Blonde, Swagga IPA and the Swagga Porter is almost ready for kegging”
Bright Orange Brewing Company is a new Craft Brewery on the way in the northern part of Johannesburg. The brewery is still under construction but it will be situated at the Tungsten Industrial Park, in Strijdom Park (Strydom Park). It is possible though to have a beer from Bright Orange Brewing Company before the new brewery is up and running. They aim to “contract brew” their beer at their sister-brewery in Western Cape.
During 2014 we might be drinking beers like Colourblock Orange, Yellow, Black, Green or Red.
Location: Tungsten Industrial Park, in Strijdom Park, Johannesburg
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/brightorangebrewing (not up yet)
Twitter: https://twitter.com/brightorangebrewing (not up yet)