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The Beer Route

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7600 Stellenbosch
South Africa
Phone: 0218839898 / 0784142698
ZA

 

BEER IN SOUTH AFRICA

We all know about the spectacular scenery, the high-quality accommodation, wine and food in Stellenbosch. But did you know that it is home to a fantastic range of Craft Breweries? It is in fact true that the first hops (a key ingredient in the bittering and aroma of beer) were planted in 1652 by then governor, Jan van Riebeeck. Subsequently the first beer was locally brewed in 1658. (It was in fact the first European-styled beer, because sorghum beers were being brewed by the Sotho, Xhosa and Zulu long before Van Riebeeck came around with hops.)

It was with the foundation of South African Breweries (SAB) in 1895 that things began to move forward. One problem the South African beer industry has is that hops grow best in the northern hemisphere between the latitudes of 40° and 45˚, because of the freezing winters and long summer days. World War I brought with it a hop famine, which eventually led to the hop breeding program by SAB, set up in 1936. The closest matching area in South Africa that could possibly produce quality yields of hops turned out to be the town of George, at the latitude of 34˚ South, which has about 3 hours less sunshine a day in summer than in the northern hemisphere, but with some clever breeding a series of hops were produced. Finally, in the 1970s, the arrival of the Southern Brewer hop signalled the start of commercial South African hop farming, producing a variety of hops that are largely used by the modern South African craft breweries.

CRAFT BEER FOR ANY PALATE 

Fast-forward to the Craft Beer scene and explore the fantastic range of styles, inspired by European, American and British styles, some with South African grown hops, some with imported varieties; many with a combination of origins. Some breweries are large and distribute their products throughout the country and even internationally, some focus on tap rooms, offering growlers as a method to take beer home. What all of these breweries have in common is an amazing level of access to the brewers and their process.

Because there are no hard-fast rules as to what can and can’t be used to enhance your beer, brewers are free to introduce fynbos, spices and fruit, amongst other non-standard ingredients. Not to mention the addition of special fruity aromas and flavours from locally produced hops (look out for beers containing Southern Passion and African Queen) and some innovation happening with wild fermented beers cultivated from yeast in the surrounding areas. 

As a tourist from abroad, you will be able to take 16 litres of beer back home**, so you really can take some of the best beers South Africa have to offer back home to share with friends.

Now, go and explore the beautiful scenery and beer The Beer Route has to offer! Have a look here!

Member Breweries:

LilyPatrick Brewery

Sir Thomas Brewing Co.

Zebonkey Brewing

Wagon Trail Brewery

Stellenbosch Brewing Company

Wild Clover Breweries

Karoo Craft Breweries

Cape Brewing Company

The Kennel Brewery

Berg River Brewery

Soul Barrel Brewing Co

Franschhoek Beer Co

Mountain Brewing Company

Broers Brew

Triggerfish Breweries

Red Sky Brew

Old Potter's Inn & Brewhouse

Saggy Stone Brewing Co

Route 62 Brewing Company

The Maker Brew

**Please check customs allowance at time of travel

 

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Stellenbosch Art Foundry

Wed, 20/06/2018 - 11:27 -- jenna

Location

36 Market Street Stellenbosch 360 ( Tourism Bureau)
7600 Stellenbosch
South Africa
Phone: 0218833584
ZA

Stellenbosch Art Foundry is a small micro foundry that focus on, first class bronze casting quality, we also offer a sculptural art experience to all visitors, were art lovers could come and do a small wax sculpture and be able to cast it within a few days!

Laanhof - Self-Catering

The Victorian house and suites are situated in the beautiful Laan on the banks of the Eersterivier in central Stellenbosch.  Laanhof consists of the Victorian house itself with 3 bedrooms and a suite forming part of the Victorian building, as well as 2 studio apartments and a 2 bedroom unit in the modern building.  The Victorian house can be booked as a unit or the3 bedrooms separately, in which case the communual living areas and kirchen will be shared. 

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R750
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Bidvest Bank Ltd

Tue, 07/11/2017 - 11:43 -- jenna

Location

Cnr Mill & Dorpstreet Checkers Centre
7600 Stellenbosch
South Africa
Phone: 0218865259
ZA

The foreign Exchange Specialists

Bidvest Bank is an entrepreneurial bank that was born to change the way people and businesses view financial solutions. We differentiate ourselves from our competitors in the way in which we service and look after our customers. 

Feet First

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Living Excellence

109 on Dorp is a self catering apartment in the heart of town. It is fully equipped and has a fantastic location as well as mountain views.

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R1 000
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15h00
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10h00
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Nightsbridge ID: 
21324

De Haas Living

Showcasing an outdoor pool and views of the mountains, Die Laan 2 is located in Stellenbosch in the region of Western Cape. Cape Town is 41.8 km from the property. Free private parking is available on site.

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22
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R950
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14h00
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Twice Central

Twice Central is a beautifully decorated seven bedroom guesthouse in the heart of Stellenbosch. We welcome guests from near and far and pride ourselves in offering guests a memorable stay. We enjoy offering creative, fresh breakfasts and to create a homely and warm atmosphere through our friendly and professional service. 

We hope to see you at Twice Central in the near future!

Warm regards,

Mandi, Liesl and Ané

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R800
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Zoom Safe

Location

36 MArket Street
7600 Stellenbosch
South Africa
Phone: 0825182003
Fax: 0764787318
ZA

Zoom safe shuttle & tours was established in 2014.

WE specializes in tranfers and tours in and around Stellenbosch and Cape Town. 

We offer 24/7 friendly, reliable and safe shuttle services:

Aphrodite Diamonds

Location

Shop 5, Eikehoff, Church Street,
7600 Stellenbosch
South Africa
Phone: +27 21 883 2622 / 882 9851
ZA

Aphrodite Diamonds is the brainchild of Wynand Hendrikse; and together with his successful team they are the driving force behind this ever-growing company.

Situated in the heart of the beautiful town Stellenbosch, it has quickly become on of the local favourites for jewellery shopping. Not only do they have a very loyal South African client base; they also have a global exposure reaching into many of the important countries worldwide. During the last couple of years the Aphrodite Management Team has grown into a largely family based team.

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