The Zebonkey Brewery Story
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.
And so Zebonkey Brewery came to be and, until this day, brews wild and free in a craft brewery near Stellenbosch. There you’ll find beers crafted by hand and quite unlike the rest.
The Weizen is a Bavarian style beer with a fruity aroma, mild bitterness and a creamy aftertaste. Zebonkey’s Smokey is brewed with malted wheat, which they smoke themself with a local herb called buchu – unusual at first, it grows on you more after every sip. Poseidon is beer adventure leagues apart, made with 15% sea water. The Schwarz Weizen, or black wheat beer, has more than 50% wheat malt on the grain bill, with roasted malts that lend the dark colour and malty, roasted taste.
With an obvious German influence it should be no surprise that this craft brewery near Stellenbosch adheres to the German Reinheitsgebot, permitting themselves to use nothing but malt, hops, water and yeast to brew their beers.