Western Cape Brew Route December 2011
Let me introduce the Western Cape Brew Route. There are so many Wine Routes in Western Cape. Therefore I would like to introduce a Brew Route or Beer Route. New breweries start all the time so this route must be updated frequently.
The idea of a brew tour is to visit breweries and get information directly from the brewers. Mainly for people interesting in brewing. A shorter beer tour is for people that would like to visit one or two breweries and then visit a restaurant or two to taste more beer.
Start in the city by visiting Paulaner Bräuhaus at the V&A Waterfront and Boston Breweries in Paarden Eiland. Bostons have no brewery tours at the moment but do not hesitate to ask them anyway.There are two more breweries in the city (Gallows Hill Brewing Company and Royal Mzansi) but they are not established in one place yet. I´ll let you know when they are ready. Jack Black is a contract brewery and is currently brewed at Bostons. Bierwerk is also a contract brewery but they currently brew at Camelthorn in Windhoek, Namibia. There is a new brewery coming up in Woodstock (close to the Old Biscuit Mill) but I do not know at the moment who is going to brew there.
Beer Tour: Visit Den Anker and Mitchells at the V&A Waterfront or &Union on Bree street
Then I would suggest you take Main Road down to SAB Millers Newlands Brewery. You can do a brewery tour in the new brewery but the old Heritage Park is well worth a visit in itself. The old Malthouse and the Brewery tower is a must if you are interesting in brewing and not just drinking beer.
Beer Tour: One of the best craft beer pubs in Cape Town (Banana Jam Café) is very close to the brewery in Newlands.
Take the N2 down to Somerset West and visit Triggerfish Brewing and the new brewery Devil´s Peak Brewing Company. Triggerfish is one of the best micro breweries in South Africa at the moment and offers free tasting. This is a must if you are doing a brew tour. Devil´s Peak is just starting up but should be in full production early 2012.
Next year (2012) you could continue the N2 east and turn the R43/44 down to Honingklip Farm. There you will find the new brewery Honingklip Brewing. They are not ready at the moment but will be during 2012.
Keep on the R43 to Birkenhead Estate in Stanford. Birkenhead is also a Wine estate but do not let that bother you. You walk right into the brewery when entering the main building.
From Stanford you take the R320 and turn south on the R316 down to Napier brewery.
After Napier you could head down to Bredasdorp and take the R319 back to the N2. Now you have to make a choice. If you are up for a long drive drive east to Knysna to visit Mitchells Brewery. If possible, try to visit George hops farm on the way.
The other option is to turn north on R60 and later the R62 up to Montagu. There you will find The Mystic Tin Karoo brewery.
Take the R62 back and then the R60 north to Langeberg near Robertson and visit Saggy Stone Brewery.
Drive up to Worchester, take the N1 towards Cape Town and then the R310 and R45 down to Frenschoek. Visit Dieu Donné Brewery on the Wine estate/Restaurant with the same name.
And then you could drive back to Cape Town …. or you just head up to
Darling and the new taproom at Darling Brew. They still brew at Bostons Breweries so there are not any brewery to visit yet.