Duration: 4 hours (approx)
PRIVATE TOUR ONLY
1400 – 1800, Monday through Saturday
From USD 125 per person
“South Africa adds beer to the wine list”
Read about our Cape Town Beer Route in the New York Times
- Sample a range of Cape Town craft beer
- Visit micro-breweries
- Meet a traditional African brewer and sample traditional home brew
- Collection from and return to accommodation
- Mineral water
- Beer-inspired light meal
- Tasting fees
- Discretionary tips
Best suited for travelers who
- are interested in contemporary South African culture
- enjoy craft and artisenal beer
- want to learn more about the history of beer
- want to sample traditional beer
Our Cape Town Beer Route was the very first! Back when craft beer was still in the garage, we launched a tour that showcased the emerging trends, rooted in the most ancient forms of brewing – traditional African brewing. Beer, like coffee, started on this continent.
Since 2012 when the tour was launched, the craft beer scene has exploded. Much like coffee in Cape Town, it feels like there is a brewery on every corner. Just about. The quality of beer is high. The range wide. And yet, only a handful offer distinct brews.
This four hour half day Beer Route visits a couple of our favourite breweries, sampling the range, touring the facility, and having a bite to eat.
And then we visit a traditional master brewer. These are mostly women, brewing in ancient ways. Craft beer emerges out of these traditional forms, and so for us it is important to pay homage to the tradition. On a daily basis, tens of thousands of women across Cape Town brew umqhumboti, or traditional beer, for special events or to serve in township shebeens and make a living. We visit a master brewer in either Langa or Guguletu. It is the tradition to go down on your knees and drink from a communal vessel.
Some of our favourite craft breweries include the Brewers Co-Op in Woodstock, Devil’s Peak Brewing, Triggerfish Brewing, Afro Caribbean Brewing Company, Jack Black Brewing Company… there are others, this is a selection of favourites.
At the end of the tour we pass by Roeland Liquors, where owner Manie Potgieter has curated a fine selection of South African craft beer.
A typical programme looks like this:
- 1400 collection at hotel
- 1420 arrive at first micro-brewery for tasting session
- 1530 tasting session of traditional African beer with master brewer
- 1630 visit to 2nd micro-brewery for tasting session
- 1745 pop in at Roeland Liquors to buy some beer
- 1815 drop off at accommodation
(For special customised beer experiences we might include a visit to the Newlands Brewery, South African Breweries’ shrine to commercial brewing)