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Africa South African Microbreweries?

Discussion in 'The Rest of the World' started by Chrisheartsbeer, Jun 13, 2012.

  1. Chrisheartsbeer

    Chrisheartsbeer Aficionado (190) North Carolina Apr 13, 2011 Verified

    So yeah, I'm in the beautiful country of South Africa for another 5 days (now in Joburg). I'm going to be hitting up a couple of microbreweries on Friday and Saturday. Anyone with any insight about the emerging industry here? They just had a nice beer fest about 2 weeks ago. Shame I couldn't be here.

    If you have any thoughts or advice on specific bottle shops, I'd appreciate it.

  2. crusian

    crusian Advocate (700) Oregon May 14, 2010 Beer Trader

    I'd love info too, heading there in october. I did just read an article about the beautifying of joburg a couple weeks ago, and it mentioned beer as well. I'll dig for it.
  3. crusian

    crusian Advocate (700) Oregon May 14, 2010 Beer Trader

    It mentions the Braamfontein neighborhood multi story gourmet food market on saturdays where people gather and drink local brews...
  4. litheum94

    litheum94 Advocate (675) California Dec 29, 2008

    The last BA mag had a whole article on South African beer. Can't remember if they mentioned bottle shops or not however.
  5. See if you can find beers from a craft beer company called &Union. I don't call them a brewery as I believe their beers are brewed in Germany - but branded and sold by &Union. They're based in Cape Town, where they have a craft beer bar. Check their website for more details, including where to find their beers:
    It looks like there are places in Jo'burg that sell them....
  6. FosterJM

    FosterJM Champion (890) California Nov 16, 2009 Beer Trader

    I think I still have it at home, Ill see what I can find. Maybe scan it and upload it for him.

  7. Actually - their full name might be Brewers & Union, although they aren't currently listed on BA. I'm a bit confused about who they are and where the brewerie(s) are actually based.
  8. Chrisheartsbeer

    Chrisheartsbeer Aficionado (190) North Carolina Apr 13, 2011 Verified

    Thanks for these nuggets. I did enjoy a Mitchell's (sp.) whilst in Cape Town. English Style Ale. Very smooth and nice. They've been around for awhile here so they are like the Sam Adams of SA (loosely compared).
  9. Wow, I cannot believe I missed this thread!

    Andunion beers are dreadful!!!! They are no better than macro lager crap!!!
  10. They sell Darling beers there, very nice brews!
  11. I tried to add them, but they were not accepted, I also do not actually know where they are based!
  12. crusian

    crusian Advocate (700) Oregon May 14, 2010 Beer Trader

    what do you you mean they were not accepted? Seems odd, maybe because you didnt have enough info on them? cool about Darling, I will hit that place up when I go. Any other info would be greatly appreciated if you have any about anything else too!!

    edit, some quick searching came up with this for brewers and union:
    110 Bree street
    Cape Town, South Africa 8000
  13. Yeah, this location is already listed on BA but only as a bar/restaurant in Cape Town. I don't think anything is brewed there; in fact I read somewhere that Brewers & Union beers are brewed in Germany/Belgium. But it could be that the Cape Town location is the 'owner' of the brand. Who knows?
  14. I added the place, with as much info as I could find about them, but never got a notification that they were added to BA. I think it is because they brew in germany but seem to be located in SA.
  15. crusian

    crusian Advocate (700) Oregon May 14, 2010 Beer Trader

    found this, seems to say they are imported also... and there is some more beer info in it:
  16. I know the beers are also sold quite widely in the UK.
  17. Yup - I first noticed them a while ago in the York Wine & Beer shop. Hadn't seen them there before, and the modern labelling caught my eye. At first I thought they were German due to the names and styles; it wasn't until I got home and looked them up that I realised they were from SA. But even then it's not entirely clear where they come from....
  18. crusian

    crusian Advocate (700) Oregon May 14, 2010 Beer Trader

    best I can gather is they are owned by: Collective São Gabriel, and they contract brew out of germany...
  19. Vishnu

    Vishnu Initiate (20) May 24, 2012

    Hi Guys

    We are a retail outlet in ZA which we acquired in October 2011. We decided that one of our differentiating factors will be beer. We currently have about 60 types of beer from Greece, India, China, Thailand, UK, Belgium, Germany, Mauritius, Denmark and this is growing at every opportunity. We are in Randparkridge, Gauteng. My email address is [email protected] and the store number is +27117953222. When you are in ZA look us up or give us a call. If we cannot assist you for whatever reason be assured that we will point you in the right direction.

    I believe Brewers and Union is made in Germany but has some South African connection. Do not know what it is yet but I will find out. The distributor here is Nicholson Smith.

    Will check it out and post my findings.

  20. I will post a list within the next few days of beer related destinations in SA.

    If you are traveling to SA, feel free to message me for advice or if you'd like to organize a tasting :D
  21. aschwab

    aschwab Advocate (620) Texas Mar 3, 2009 Beer Trader

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  23. beerpirates

    beerpirates Advocate (615) Belgium May 4, 2010 Beer Trader

    Can you stil post the list of the best beerdesitnations in SA ?
    And what brewerie's shops or bars there are on the way from point A to point B ?
    Iike that we know when we are close to a place of intrest ;)
  24. Ah it seems I forgot to do that :p

    Are you visiting SA?
  25. I see Home Bru already posted a link to his list of SA breweries above. Check it out!

    Feel free to contact me with any queries :)
  26. I made a long list with contact information and also a map http://homebru.net/sa-craft-breweries/. Contact the breweries before visiting.

    Not that many bars on the list but in CT I would recommend going to Banana Jam Café, BeerBar on Long, Wembley Tap (opening 24th Oct) ... and a few more...
  27. Banana Jam is a great place to go. Got to try a bunch of great stuff. Mitchell's Brewery didn't have anything that wowed me, but it was pretty solid and a fun place on weekends.

    Cape Brewing has a great tour, especially if you go to the distillery and winery next door. They also happen to have some of the best beers I tried in SA (second only to Devil's Peak, their IPA was fantastic).

    Didn't get to tour Devil's Peak unfortunately, but I got to try their beers at The Old Biscuit Mill. There were at least 8 different brewery stands, got to try some very good stuff (even one brewery from Namibia, can't remember the exact name).
  28. Camel Thorn from Namibia?
  29. Possibly. I remember they had a roiboos beer. Their stuff was interesting but nothing great.
  30. All the Camelthorn I have had sucked. I dont rememeber seeing a rooibos beer though. It could be something new though!
  31. Camelthorn made a Rooibos beer not long after Christian Skovdal Andersen was there brewing "his" (Bierwerk) rooibos beer. I thought their Bokbeer was OK!
  32. Ah okay nice. I have never seen any bierwerk beers in stores. Id love to try them!
  33. Bierwerk: When brewed at Boston (in Cape Town) they where available there. Ask the Camelthorn stand at Neighbourgood Market (Old Biscuit Mill, Cape Town) if they could take some Bierwerk beers to SA.
  34. Hahaha everything good is in Cape Town! I seriously need to move!
  35. aschwab

    aschwab Advocate (620) Texas Mar 3, 2009 Beer Trader

    So, I figure I would give this a bump. @Thehuntmaster - what should I be looking for in SA? I will have a rental car, I will have just one night in J-burg, 3 nights in Durban, and 5 nights in Cape Town. I figure I can do some damage by actually going to some of these new breweries that are open.

    Do you have any suggestions? Any must hit breweries that are new onto the scene? Taproom hours? For someone who knows absolutely nothing about which breweries are worth a damn or not, any input would help.
  36. Chrisheartsbeer

    Chrisheartsbeer Aficionado (190) North Carolina Apr 13, 2011 Verified

    Brother, I'm sorry that I've just now seen this. My apologies. Hopefully you found a few things. Unfortunately, my bro was right. All the better breweries are in Cape Town. However, Castle is available throughout SA and their milk stout is not bad at all. I also found a few things outside Joberg that were nice as well. I'll see if I can dig them up in my notes. I remember one in Cullinan called "The Cockpit". Aviation theme. Nice American style pale ale.

    Sorry bro. SA is a fantastic place. Hope you hit some wineries whilst there. There are fantastic vineyards there!!!

  37. KeithE

    KeithE Savant (440) Illinois Sep 10, 2013

    Looks like I missed this too, but Stellenbrau in Stellenbosh just outside Cape Town is the place to go. If you don't like the beer there are hundreds of wineries to go to while you are there.
  38. gothedistance

    gothedistance Savant (330) South Carolina Jul 23, 2009 Beer Trader

    @homebru @Thehuntmaster I will be in Cape Town next month for work for about a week. I don't know how much free time I will have (I am on an organized wine trip) but I would love to bring over some beers from the US for you if you'd like to do an IP trade? I work for a distributor in South Carolina. Cheers! Also, is that list from 2013 for good beer bars in CT still accurate? Thanks in advance!