Beer Route Cape Town

Duration: 4 hours (approx)
1400 – 1800, Monday through Saturday

– sample Cape Town craft beer
– learn about traditional African beer brewing from a traditional brewer
– tour a brewery


– three tasting sessions

– beer-inspired snacks
– mineral water
– collection from and return to accommodation, if centrally located


– discretionary tips


The Cape Town Beer Route is a rich half-day journey through Cape Town beer culture and stories, from traditional South African beer brewing history and techniques, through emerging craft beer culture right through to mainstream beer production and mega-scale.

Beer was originally brewed by women, and they were revered for this skill. And so to start our tour we visit a lady brewing traditional African beer, at home, in the ancient handmade way. We see the process, and taste in the traditional way. We learn about the cultural role of beer in South African society.

Then we tour the Newlands Brewery, the oldest commercial brewery in South Africa. We explore brewing history and style in the original buildings, before touring the modern production line. We end this part of the experience with a tasting of the brewery’s beers, which are some of Cape Town’s favourites.

Finally we focus on craft beer or micro-brewed beers. There has been an explosion in the last year in craft beer, and it seems like there is a new micro-brewery opening up every month. Cape Town is leading South Africa in craft beer, and for this part of the journey we visit Cape Town’s craft beer headquarters, the Banana Jam Cafe, to taste and discover Cape Town’s craft beers. We will taste their beers and hear their stories.

We return home having sipped, swallowed and celebrated the city’s rich and flavoursome beer stories.

(NOTE: the order of activities is subject to change, and the visit to the Newlands Brewery can be swapped out with a visit to a micro-brewery, subject to availability of the Newlands tour)


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