South African Microbreweries?

Discussion in 'Africa' started by Chrisheartsbeer, Jun 13, 2012.

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  1. Chrisheartsbeer

    Chrisheartsbeer Initiate (0) Apr 13, 2011 North Carolina

    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.

    ~C
     
  2. crusian

    crusian Pooh-Bah (1,989) May 14, 2010 Oregon
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    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. bleakies

    bleakies Maven (1,331) Apr 11, 2011 Massachusetts

  4. crusian

    crusian Pooh-Bah (1,989) May 14, 2010 Oregon
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    It mentions the Braamfontein neighborhood multi story gourmet food market on saturdays where people gather and drink local brews...
     
  5. litheum94

    litheum94 Initiate (0) Dec 29, 2008 California

    The last BA mag had a whole article on South African beer. Can't remember if they mentioned bottle shops or not however.
     
  6. jazzyjeff13

    jazzyjeff13 Grand Pooh-Bah (3,841) Nov 6, 2010 England
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    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:
    http://www.andunion.com/
    It looks like there are places in Jo'burg that sell them....
     
  7. FosterJM

    FosterJM Initiate (0) Nov 16, 2009 California

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

    Cheers!
     
  8. jazzyjeff13

    jazzyjeff13 Grand Pooh-Bah (3,841) Nov 6, 2010 England
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    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.
     
  9. Chrisheartsbeer

    Chrisheartsbeer Initiate (0) Apr 13, 2011 North Carolina

    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).
     
  10. Thehuntmaster

    Thehuntmaster Initiate (0) Sep 2, 2009 South Africa

    Wow, I cannot believe I missed this thread!

    Andunion beers are dreadful!!!! They are no better than macro lager crap!!!
     
  11. Thehuntmaster

    Thehuntmaster Initiate (0) Sep 2, 2009 South Africa

    They sell Darling beers there, very nice brews!
     
  12. Thehuntmaster

    Thehuntmaster Initiate (0) Sep 2, 2009 South Africa

    I tried to add them, but they were not accepted, I also do not actually know where they are based!
     
  13. crusian

    crusian Pooh-Bah (1,989) May 14, 2010 Oregon
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    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
     
  14. jazzyjeff13

    jazzyjeff13 Grand Pooh-Bah (3,841) Nov 6, 2010 England
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    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?
     
  15. Thehuntmaster

    Thehuntmaster Initiate (0) Sep 2, 2009 South Africa

    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.
     
  16. crusian

    crusian Pooh-Bah (1,989) May 14, 2010 Oregon
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    found this, seems to say they are imported also... and there is some more beer info in it:
    http://www.21thingstodo.co.za/?p=528
     
  17. Thehuntmaster

    Thehuntmaster Initiate (0) Sep 2, 2009 South Africa

    I know the beers are also sold quite widely in the UK.
     
  18. jazzyjeff13

    jazzyjeff13 Grand Pooh-Bah (3,841) Nov 6, 2010 England
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    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....
     
  19. crusian

    crusian Pooh-Bah (1,989) May 14, 2010 Oregon
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    best I can gather is they are owned by: Collective São Gabriel, and they contract brew out of germany...
     
  20. Vishnu

    Vishnu Initiate (0) 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 vishnu@arrowcom.co.za 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.

    Cheers!
     
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