A Bit of History

There are many different styles and kinds of beer, categorized under 2 types;  Ale & Lager. The main difference being fermentation temperatures and the malts and yeasts utilized. Craft beer is brewed in small batches, using more hands-on brewing techniques and small scale equipment. The 1st micro-brewer in SA to turn commercial was Mitchell’s brewery in Knysna in 1983. Since then dozens of micro brewers have been producing some very unique Brews.

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Beer is the continental drink of Africa and are still being brewed by tribal woman. Cape Town has a very old beer history. Early brewing in the Cape was done in the Fort of Good Hope by Governor and founder of Cape Town, Jan van Riebeeck. Beer was a very important substance for the sailors employed by the VOC and also a nice commodity to offer passing ships and traders.

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Why is beer in Cape Town and South Africa such a big deal?

  • Beer is South Africa’s national drink and best seller by far!
  • Cape Town is home to the oldest brewery in Africa… the Marienthal Brewery!
  • South Africa boast the 2nd largest brewing company in the world – SAB-Miller!
  • SAB – Miller Newlands Brewery in Cape Town is the only commercial brewery in South Africa using fresh spring water from Table Mountain!
  • Cape Town is the Craft beer capital of Africa with 38 micro brewers in & around town.
  • Over 400 million liters of beer is produced in Cape Town annually, which is half of South Africa’s annual wine production!!
  • The 1st beer license was issued in Cape Town in 1658 by Governor Jan and pre-dates the wine license of 1659!
  • The Liesbeek river passing the Newlands Brewery was formerly known as the Amstel river!
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