It’s all foamy fun as bars, breweries and restaurants celebrate South African beer in a series of events, pairings, promotions and festivities surrounding one of the nation’s most-loved drinks. We go on the hop for South African National Beer Day.
On the hop for South African National Beer Day
South African National Beer Day is a countrywide initiative taking place on Saturday 3 February 2018. It will be covering everything beer-related, and anyone can join in. Keep updated by following South African National Beer Day on Twitter or finding the #SANBeerDay hashtag on Instagram. With so many excellent options on offer, finding your best beer may prove to be a thirsty task. Here’s our pick of the local brews you should be drinking this South African National Beer Day.
With a name as aesthetically appealing as their packaging, AND UNION is a self-titled brewery that specialises in small-batch modernist Bavarian craft beers, paying particular attention to the aroma, flavour and balance of each barrel produced. Sample their Steph Weiss or US-style Friday IPA (Indian Pale Ale), both of which are ideal for summer.
The Darling Brew is a microbrewery hailing from the West Coast town of Darling that has skyrocketed to success with its cultivated range of beer, contemporary packaging and attention to the brewing process. Run by husband and wife team Kevin and Philippa Wood, Darling Brew prides itself on its ‘slow beer’ – a term that was coined as a result of its slow fermentation process. Our favourites include Darling Brew’s bestselling Bone Crusher Wit Beer and Rogue Pony Pale Ale.
Black Horse Brewery
Found in the majestic Magaliesberg region of Gauteng, Black Horse Brewery crafts exceptional beer from the finest hops and spring water from the area. Brewer Nuschka Botha injects her personality into every bottle produced, making her mark as one of the country’s youngest female brewers. We love the Stable Weiss and the Golden Lager, which is a malty lager with a rounded finish.
For those who think that the Garden Route town of Knysna begins and ends with oysters, think again. Established in 1983, Mitchell’s Brewing has been a craft beer stalwart in the area, attracting visitors with its celebrated beer tastings and views across Thesen Islands. Mitchell’s beers are available countrywide and range from Foresters Lager to Bosun’s Pale Ale and Raven Stout. While we recommend a tasting of the full range, the Milk & Honey Ale and the Old Wobbly Strong Lager (aptly named for its high alcohol content) come out tops.