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Western Cape Brew Route – January 2012

January 27, 2012

It is time for an update of the Western Cape Brew Route or Western Cape Beer Route. I posted the first route in December 2011 but since then I “found” some new breweries. I have added Valley Brewery, Barrique Brewery and Luyt Brewery.

There are some breweries that does not have an established place yet like Gallows Hill Brewing Company, Royal Mzansi, The Real Beer Company (Retreat) and Rock—Kestrel Breweries (Stellenbosch)

Please let me know if there are any breweries missing!

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.

Cape Town (City Bowl)
A good start is 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.  I´ll let you know when I have more information about them. 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 on Albert Road in Woodstock (close to the Old Biscuit Mill) but I do not know who is going to brew there except from Christian Skovdal Andersen (Bierwerk).
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.

After visiting Newlands you could go down to Kommetjie and visit Valley Brewery or just ….

Somerset West
… 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. They are also looking for new premises so I have to update this Brew Route when they relocate.

After Somerset West 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 and Eden Microbrewery (at Misty Meadows 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.

Take the R45 north and turn left (West) into Helshoogte road down to Stellenbosch. Then drive towards Cape Town along the R310 and stop at the Barrique Brewery. During 2012 Luyt Brewery is going to establish a brewery/taste room close by in Stellenbosch. If it is Saturday please take some time to visit the Stellenbosch slowmarket at Oude Libertas.

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.

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