A New Brewer for South Africa’s Original Craft Brewery

Much is happening in the world of craft beer including South Africa’s craft beer scene.

Just recently Mitchell’s Brewery, undeniably South Africa’s pioneering craft brewery, announced the appointment of John Horn, Mitchell’s Brewery’s new Brewmaster.

John brings with him a Postgraduate Diploma in Food Technology, a Diploma in Brewing from the Institute of Brewing and Distilling, plus many years in the brewing industry where he brewed and managed plants for SABMiller.

John Horn, new brewer at Mitchell's Brewery in Knysna

“My approach”, John said about his appointment, “is that we win and achieve in teams.”

“Therefore I adopt a style of coaching, teaching and mentoring my team so they can acquire a good basic brewing knowledge and understanding.”

“It’s been said that brewing is the art of compromise,” he continued, “however in the modern world most of the art of brewing has been converted into a science.”

“Mitchell’s has a longstanding heritage to uphold,” John enthused about South Africa’s oldest craft brewery, “and it’s my intention not to stray from the original recipes.”

John says his primary ambition is to brew with a consistent quality and taste, with a medium to long-term self life.

John’s addition to the team will ensure Mitchell’s Breweries 31-year-old tradition of producing exceptional beer continues to the satisfaction of beer connoisseurs everywhere.

We wish good luck and good beers to John!

Mitchell’s Brewery can be found in Knysna, a picturesque town along South Africa’s Garden Route in the Western Cape, where it overlooks the Knysna Heads and the breath-taking Knysna lagoon.

There’s daily tours at the brewery including a taster of all 7 beers brewed. The adjoining Mitchell’s Brewpub serves delicious pub-style meals, the perfect excuse – if you needed one – to linger after the tour.