It is said that a truly great beer has an indefinable quality, reflecting the brewer’s art and passion. Here are the Top Breweries in South Africa:
South African Breweries
South African Breweries (SAB) was founded in 1895 and has been the leading beverage company in South Africa for over 100 years. This major brewing and bottling company is headquartered in Johannesburg. It was initially established to serve a growing market of miners and prospectors in and around Johannesburg. Today, SAB is South Africa’s premier brewer and leading distributor of beer and soft drinks. In fact, it is one of the world’s largest brewers by volume with more than 200 brands and brewing interests and distribution agreements in 75 countries across six continents. Among the most popular brands of SAB are Carling Black Label, Hansa Pilsener, Castle Lager, Castle Lite and Castle Milk Stout.
Mitchell’s Brewery is South Africa’s second-biggest brewery. Based in a beautiful region of the Garden Route, Mitchell’s Brewery has been brewing craft beers since 1983. It was founded by beer lover Lex Mitchell and is considered to be the original South African craft beer. Mitchell’s Brewery only uses natural ingredients such as water, barley, and locally sourced hops. This brewery has a range of full-bodied, refreshing and tasting beers. The most popular products of Mitchell’s are Forester’s Lager and Bosun’s Pale Ale.
Established in 1820, Newlands Brewery is the oldest operating brewery in South Africa and the home of great South African beer. Using time-honored brewing methods, Newlands spring water and only the finest golden grains and local ingredients, Newlands Brewery crafts international award-winning beers. Today, Newlands Brewery brews 9 famous beers. Newlands Brewery offers a fully guided #BeerExperience for those who want to discover stories and insights into modern-day brewing methods and expert craftsmanship. The Guided Tour will walk you through the journey of beer, from its beginning as a grain, to its end as a well-crafted, ice-cold pint, and the modern-day brewing methods used today. The tour ends with a beer tasting and a couple of pints in the brewery’s historic underground pub.
Located in Distillery in the foothills of the magnificent Maluti Mountains, Clarens Brewery is one of South Africa’s first Brew-Pub, Cidery. With crafted ales, seasonal specialty beers and locally grown apple and cherry cider on tap, Clarens Brewery brews fine handcrafted beers and ciders. Clarens brew 8,000 liters a month on a 800-liter stainless steel system using the finest malts and hops sourced both locally and internationally. Their aim is to provide the best quality beers and ciders and to sway a commercial beer or cider drinker into starting the journey of discovery into the delicious world of craft beer and cider. In Clarens, tastings and brewery tours are conducted free of charge.
In 1997, Drayman’s Brewery started out in a garage in Villieria, Pretoria. Today, Drayman’s microbrewery specializes in brewing a range of outstanding craft beers equivalent to the finest in the world. Each Drayman’s microbrewery craft beer is hand-crafted with pride, skill, and dedication through a brewing process which does not utilize pasteurization that will change delicate flavor profiles, but rather ultra-filtration which results in a true, all-natural beer, craft-brewed in the finest old-world traditions. The beers are distributed to various restaurants and pubs in the Gauteng province. Among the popular beers brewed at Drayman’s are Altstadt Weissbier, Jolly Monk, and Merlin’s Mild. Besides beer Drayman’s also brew a single malt whiskey.
Darling Brew is one of South Africa’s first well established and award-winning microbreweries. This microbrewery was established in 2010 and has earned acclaim for its craft beers. This brewery brews a wide range of great craft beers that are loved for their flavor, high-quality ingredients, and slow brewing process. They have a wide range of traditional lagers, ales, oat ales, pale ales, IPA’s, wheat beers and exotic darks. Darling Brew is available across the country in 500ml bottles and available on tap at approved outlets.