If you’re looking for craft beer breweries near Stellenbosch, you’ve found them. Move over Wine Route, the Beer Route’s coming through.
Stellenbosch is a famous South African town, known for, amongst other things, its university, sprawling vineyards, dramatic mountainous landscapes and, increasingly, its flourishing craft breweries.
The first semblance of a craft brewery came to Stellenbosch courtesy of Eben Uys. An MScEng student at the time, he designed and built Die Mini-Brouery at the University of Stellenbosch as part of his final year project in 2006. Eben would go on to become a process engineer for the construction of Cape Brewing Company, and later still co-found Mad Giant Beer. Die Mini-Brouery lives on at the University of Stellenbosch.
It was only 5 years later in 2011 that the first craft breweries were established in Stellenbosch, followed by a craft beer flourish that has brought us the craft beer breweries below.
Perhaps not all quite walking distance, the breweries below are within 20km, as the crow flies, from the centre of Stellenbosch. Although there are a few more breweries in Stellenbosch, this list focusses on the ones you can readily go to and visit.
Wild Beast Brewing is a craft brewery located in Stellenbosch, South Africa.
Diesel and Dust Craft Beer is a new brewery just off the R44 outside Stellenbosch, where they lay claim to being the True Brew. They brew hard-core beers that embrace their philosophy of hard work, genuine friendships, honestly and authenticity.
Sir Thomas Brewing Co is nestled in the heart of the Western Cape's winelands in Stellenbosch, where they live by a simple motto: brew real beer with natural ingredients only.
Zebonkey Brewery near Stellenbosch has a colourful history that started with their first brew in 1999 in Rosine, Germany. Up until 2011 their beers were brewed white label until, history tells us, the story of a unique animal, half zebra half donkey, was brought up during a intense session of Weizen.
Wild Clover Breweries believes that if you are really passionate about something you need to care for it, you need to feel it, touch it, you need to live with it, you need to understand it and only then it will reward you efforts beyond expectation.
The Stellenbosch Brewing Company is a craft brewery started by certified brewer Bruce Collins, and business partner Andrew Birss.
Wagon Trail Brewery is part of the Anura Vineyards. A microbrewery with a capacity of a 500 litre batch brew, offers a selection of craft beers and a brewpub.
ABRU craft brewery is a new division of The Aleit Group, and operates from the company’s headquarters with a fully equipped taproom on Lourensford Wine Estate, in Somerset West, South Africa.
The Italian Job Brewery is based in Blackheath near Kuils River in the norther suburbs of Cape Town, where an Italian family that is also proudly South African, brews with passion, quality and perfection
Before the founding of Stickman Brewery, founder Johan Burger was a keen home brewer of many years, a time during which he perfected the G-Man Amber Ale recipe.
Triggerfish Brewing is a small, passionate craft brewery situated in Somerset West. They started off as a passionate hobby back in 2007 when they dove straight in to full grain brewing.
To see all the craft breweries in South Africa, try the List of South African Craft Breweries, the searchable map or the map with lots and lots of pins (might bog down older devices).