Imagine kicking back over the weekend with one of your favourite cold, local South African brewed craft beers. It is more than just beer, but rather a complete sensory experience enjoyed with delicious food, friends or family and good vibes.
With so many craft beer options to choose from across the country, we’ve round up some of the top craft beer breweries in South Africa according to how people have rated their experience there.
Rating: 4.3 ⭐
Where’s the beer: Kopjeskraal, Parys, Free State, South Africa
The Dog and Fig Brewery was established by a group of friends in 2008, as an expression of their passion for good company, good food and of course, great beer! The brewery is located at the farm ‘Klein Afrika’, just outside Parys in the picturesque Vredefort Dome. Its beers are created using crystal clear water from deep within this ancient meteorite impact zone.
Rating: 4.9 ⭐
Where’s the beer: Sterkfontein Ave, Doornkloof SH, Pretoria South Africa, ZAF L7R.RNS Pretoria, South Africa
According to this popular brewery, Bernie’s Real Ales are made with pure mountain spring water located at their Brewery. They use only the best imported malts, hops and yeasts according to the style of beer that they brew. Bernie’s Real Ale beers are slow brewed and conditioned to bring you an exceptional craft beer. Unfiltered beer, created by traditional brewing methods, is a satisfying, balanced beer with complex flavours. Bottled and naturally carbonated, their beer ages well, tasting better over time. They also have traditional style pizzas and platters!
Rating: 4.7 ⭐
Where’s the beer: R103 Nottingham Road, Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa
Nottingham Road Brewery is one of South Africa’s oldest and most successful craft breweries, and the first in Africa to launch a canned range of beer. Join their Famous Four – the Pickled Pig, the Pie Eyed Possum, the Tiddly Toad and the Whistling Weasel .. along with their new Indian Pale Ale the Tipsy Tiger. Delighting beer imbibers since 1996.
Rating: 4.3 ⭐
Where’s the beer: 32 Bekker Schools Road / R98, Seekoeihoek Valley Magaliesburg, Gauteng, South Africa
The story of Black Horse Brewery begins in 2012 when the Brewery and Brew Pub opened its doors in the heart of the Zeekoei valley located just north of Magaliesburg. When you are over you can have one of their famous beers and relax under the old Pencun trees while enjoying a meal. Why are they called Black Horse? Well the Estate is also home to a few black Friesian Horses and in continuing the tradition they decided to name their beer “Black Horse”.
Rating: 4.6 ⭐
Where’s the beer: 326 Main Street, Clarens (on the village square) Clarens, Free State, South Africa
Clarens Brewery is one of the country’s first Brew-Pub, Cidery and Distillery set in the foot-hills of the magnificent Maluti Mountains where their fun-loving team has the thrill of brewing, talking, serving and enjoying great beers, ciders and distillate, all whilst being part of the fantastic craft revolution that is sweeping South Africa. They brew 8000 litres a month on a 800 litre stainless steel system. They hand craft full-grain ales with the finest malts and hops sourced both locally and internationally with no compromise on quality and have been doing so since 2006.
Rating: 4.8 ⭐
Where’s the beer: L10 Cheerio Road, Haenertsburg, Limpopo, South Africa
Come closer. That’s what the name Zwakala means and that’s the convivial African spirit behind Magoebaskloof’s first micro-brewery – Zwakala Brewery. Nestled in the Magoebaskloof Mountains, its location is as much its signature as its award winning beers and its Blueberry Gin and Tonic on Tap. This charming brewery has enormous windows that overlook the mountains and you can go for a tasting, head out for a picnic or just head for the river with a Zwakala beer in hand. Even better, sleep over at Zwakala River Retreat (within walking distance) to refresh your soul after a few beers. The Brewery is also popular for its wide variety of outdoor games – life-size jenga, badminton & corn hole. These are fun for both adults and kids. Each batch of beer is handcrafted, nothing unnatural is used in the brewing process – and the most important ingredient is the clear and pure mountain water drawn from the Letaba River. As the saying goes, “once you have tasted the water of the Letaba, you will never want to leave”.
Rating: 4.7 ⭐
Where’s the beer: Suid-Agter Paarl Rd Suider-Paarl, Western Cape, South Africa
Cape Brewing Company is a modern independently owned craft beer brewery dedicated to making the finest beer possible. Brews made from only the best ingredients and natural mineral water from their very own spring. No additives. Using reliable state-of-the-art technology. Craft Beer made in South Africa, for South Africans.
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