Its no secret that Dan and I love craft beer, and I try to visit at least one craft brewery everywhere we go! When researching Cape Town, I came across the Super Cool Beer Tour and obviously had to sign up! We were able to sign up online for the afternoon tour, between about 1 and 6, on a Friday afternoon, our last afternoon in Cape Town, and what a fun afternoon it was!
The afternoon started with a personal pick-up at our hotel by Louwrens, the head guy, who was super cool, like the tour = )
The tour started with a drive through town to Newlands Brewery, which is now a main stream brewery (read: non-craft) run by SABMiller. It makes common South African and international beers.
While not craft brewery, Newlands Brewery is still a cool spot to visit. There is a lot of history here and the grounds are quite the production. We walked around a bit and saw some old cars and then moved into the tasting room for a tasting of about six beers, which included a wide variety of the “big beers” produced at the brewery such as Castle, Flying Fish (a shandy-type beer) and Pilsner Urquell. After, we got to select a pint of our choice to enjoy in the lovely outdoor beer garden! I went with the Castle Stout!
This was a nice stop. SABMiller has big box tours of their facility in Johannesburg, but there are better sites to experience in Johannesburg, so it was nice to tick off the brewery here!
After finishing in the beer garden, we went to an up-and-coming part of town that I would have not otherwise visited, Woodstock, to see Riot Factory. Riot Factory is a small craft brewery that has a small brewery and tasting room. There was no facility tour, but you can see the tanks as you enter the tasting room. The staff was great, served us several beers, including two “guest” beers (from another brewery), and answered all of our questions. They also had awesome graffiti!
Our third stop was a home-brew supply store. The store brews two beers on site that we were able to try, and they even gave us a bottled home-brew to take with us! It was certainly cool to check out a home-brew store in Cape Town! Definitely made us feel like locals.
Our final stop on the tour was Devil’s Peak Brewing Company, also in Woodstock. At Devil’s Peak, we were treated to a tour of the facilities and then five beer tastings, each with food pairings. The food and beer were delicious! Louwrens went back and got us a few extra samples after we finished!
Hops from Heidelberg!
Here were two of my favorite pairings: First Light Golden Ale and fried white fish,
and Silvertree Saison, with something delicious!
Our tour ended with a drop-off at our hotel. Some of the best parts of this tour were seeing parts of Cape Town in which I normally would not venture and learning a lot of history about Cape Town – surprisingly, it was really a great history lesson!
Per my information below, you can easily make reservations online (recommended, as tour is popular).
My biggest complaint – Super Cool Beer Tour needs as hashtag!! #supercoolbeertour #scbt #supercool … just some thoughts…
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