The Basset Breweries Story
Basset Breweries is based in Lynton Hall Driving Range in Pennington, KwaZulu-Natal.
Andy Turner is the brewery behind Basset Breweries. It all started during a 5-year stint living in Europe where Andy acquired a taste for the many regional brews. Upon his return to South Africa, dissapointment in the range of local beers drove Andy to start brewing his own at home.
In 2012, by then a 5-year veteran home-brewer, Andy took the plunge into the professional world of brewing. Natalie Danks, Andy’s loving girlfriend, plunged with him. She invested by making the ultimate sacrifice for love and beer… she sold her sports car.
Together they built Basset Breweries
Basset Breweries finally launched in December 2013 with 3 beers – Umdoni Gold, Befreckled Red and Pennington Pride. The lineup expanded in 2014 with the addition of the easy-drinking Barking Blonde, and today their beers are found all along the South Coast, Durban and the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands.
Bassett Breweries also produce the new Steam Punk Range aimed at adventurous craft beer drinkers. Each of the 4 beers in the Steam Punk Range is brewed once a year, available only in the season for which it is tailored. The Dogfather, for instance, is winter’s beer. It was judged a Top 10 Finalist in the 2015 South African National Craft Brewers Championships.
Basset Breweries also supports limiting environmental impact. They recycle, reuse where possible, reprocess spent grain as animal feed and reduce energy consumption through heat recovery systems.
Visit Basset Breweries at Lynton Hall Driving Range in Pennington, where aside from the brewery and great beer, a golf driving range and restaurant, visitors can also experience South Africa’s biggest putting green and an indigenous and exotic plant nursery.