The craft beer revolution is taking over the Western Cape, as well as the rest of South Africa. We picked out some of our favourite micro-breweries that you can visit to have a cold pint. If a great atmosphere, good music and delicious beer is after, we have the full selection here for you!
This brewery is well worth the visit. They have two branches, one just outside Pinelands and one on the Spier Wine Estate. Both offer very different experiences. Should you be in the mood for a pint listening to some live music, the Spier branch provides some great beer-music evenings. The Ndebeni branch however, is a great after-work stop off.
Open from 5pm onward, they have a half-price special on all of their beers Monday to Wednesday from 5-6pm where you can pick up a draught for R19! The décor is simplistic with corrugated iron finishes and exposed light bulbs. The music sets the mood with some old rock and blues oozing out of speakers while you sip on the delicious beer, looking over the microbrewery. The staff are friendly and helpful, eager to tell you about their unusual menu and great beer. Make sure to taste the Porter; it is a dark beer with a surprisingly chocolately with a hint of coffee. If you prefer lighter, fruitier beers, the Haybale Saison is well worth the try with its nutty aromas and the Hogtale African Pale Ale is light and balanced with fruity flavours.
If you are peckish, the menu is extensive and delicious, with their flagship meal being the Brisket. Give the pigs tails a try! They are well worth it!
Zomato Rating: 3.9/5
Based in Woodstock, this is a great Saturday afternoon spot to relax with a group of friends and try out the various beers the company has on tap. Beers on tap include the traditional Devils Peak staples, as well as four rotating taps with seasonal specials.
Their range of beers include the crisp, light ale as well as the more bitter, hoppier King’s Blockhouse IPA. The ale is more suited to the lighter palate, who enjoy a softer, less bitter beer. They have also released a variety of flavoured beer, the Love Parade being our Favourite with its passion fruit burst. It is lightly dry hopped and interestingly is brewed with a larger portion of wheat than other traditional ales.
Expect to be surrounded by bare bricked walls, mismatched furniture and great views of Devils Peak towering about Woodstock. The Taproom has a pub menu and offers great specials very single day of the week. From half-price specials to a R62 cheeseburger and beer combo, every day offers something worth popping through for.
Zomato Rating: 3.0/5
Hoogeberg is a microbrewery perched looking over the Signal Gun Wine Estate in Durbanville. This brewery is really the sleeping giant of craft beer in the Northern Suburbs. It creates two delicious beers that are created on site; the Yestervark larger and the Bonte Bok Five Crop Larger.
A lazy Saturday can be spent on the Signal Gun estate, lounging on large, colourful bean bags soaking in the winelands views. The estate boasts a full restaurant for when you start getting nibbley. You can wash a delicious pizza down with a draught of your choice in beer, and make sure to ask for the specials, as they have seasonal pizza-beer deals.
The Ystervark Lager is the flagship beer of Hoogeberg and is full-bodied but not too heavy. It has a lovely light hop flavour while the Bontebok 5 Crop Ale is much lighter, sweeter and has a definite more fruity tone.
Zomato Rating: 3.0/5
If you are looking for a relaxed, fun atmosphere, great music and amazing beer in the Southern Suburbs, head over to Jack Black. The service is efficient and friendly and the whole atmosphere of the taproom oozes fun. Once a month, they host a food truck on the premises, while the rest of the month, there is a full and affordable menu to choose from. Make sure to try the burger at least once! The Taproom also hosts weekly events, whether it be quiz night, open mic, or interactive pairing events. Make sure to check out their calendar and drag through a group of friends to try out a few of their beers!
Some of the nation’s favourite craft beers comes from this brewery. The Butchers Block is very popular with its rich malt complexity and lingering bitterness. The Atlantic Weiss is lighter though with rich, fruity flavours.
Zomato Rating: 3.0/5
If a drive out of Cape Town is on the cards for a weekend, why not head on over to Robertson and pay a visit to Saggy Stone Brewery. This rustic, easy going pub can be found tucked below the Langberg Mountains and offers a day out for the family. They often host music events, live artists and festivals, so make sure you check their calendar to hear some great tunes while sipping their beer.
This home away from home was built by the owner himself, is created to suit the open, picturesque views surrounding it. Pick your seat out on the open lawns, outside of the stone-walled restaurant and begin the taste sensation. You will be treated to a tasting of the beers before you get started in order for you to pick out your favourite. Lunches are home-style pub meals, all cooked with the beer and a lot of love. The peri-peri livers are an absolute staple for any meal!
Try out the California Steam, a slightly hopsy, yet crisp beer with a very low alcohol content.
Zomato Rating: 3.1/5