Move over Wine Route, the Beer Route’s coming through. Just look at this list of craft beer breweries near Stellenbosch…
Stellenbosch is a famous South African town, known for, among other things, its university, sprawling vineyards, dramatic mountainous landscapes and, increasingly, its flourishing number of craft breweries.
The first semblance of a craft brewery came to Stellenbosch courtesy of Eben Uys in 2006. 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. 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 5 years later, in 2011, that the first craft breweries were established in Stellenbosch, followed by a craft beer flourish that brought us the craft beer breweries we see today.
These breweries are within 15km, as the crow flies, from the centre of Stellenbosch. There are a few more brewing facilities and beer brands in town, but this list is for the beer tourist who wants to go visit the brewery to taste the beer brewed on the premises.
Instead, join our Hoppenbosch craft beer tour
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Delalmar is boutique Winery, Craft Brewery & Distillery located on the Vredenheim Winery in Stellenbosch.
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 that lies on the outskirts of Stellenbosch. The industrial style, open plan microbrewery has a brew length of 500 litres, and punters can enjoy a pint virtually on the brewery floor.