Everybody has their own opinion on what makes South Africa special. While some say it’s the rugby, others point to the sun-kissed mountains or the fact that no other country produces quite as many macadamia nuts. However, as much as people’s opinions vary, everyone agrees that when it comes to beer – South Africa’s homebrew hops to the top spot. Become better acquainted with local breweries and drink deep of South Africa’s history with a Newlands Brewery Tour for two people, including beer tasting and two beers, for R30.
Whether you consider yourself a beer buff, a beer enthusiast or someone who’s just enthusiastic when drinking beer, grab a like-minded mate and journey back to the mid 1800’s where South Africa’s history with beer all started. Standing where Jacob Letterstedt built the original Mariendahl Brewery, lays the Newlands Brewery – a monument to all that is ice-cold and foamy. This is where your tour begins.
Livelier than a cheetah with an attention deficit, Newlands Brewery currently provides the land of the thirsty – otherwise known as South Africa – with 1.5 million beers every day; a feat more ambitious than trying to befriend the Great Whites in Kalk Bay. Tour the beautiful brewery and learn about everything from the brewing process to the modern mechanics involved. Next, sample the stupendous beer you’ve been craving and browse in the memorabilia store or enjoy a beer at the pub. You’d be hopping mad to miss out.
Beer fact: On the last day of every month, a brewery in Bulgaria brews up an oddly flavoured beer to prank their engineers with.