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Helderbeer and Overbeer – get your craft beer on in the Helderberg and Overberg

Helderbeer and Overbeer – get your craft beer on in the Helderberg and Overberg LandnSand

Our intrepid writer and imbiber of ale, Jacques van Zyl, writes a regular (and very witty) column for the magazine. This is a guide to the breweries and home brew suppliers in the region, which boasts the southern hemisphere's first craft brewery (Birkenhead), the southernmost brewery in Africa (Napier and Struisbaai both lay claim to this one) and the one with the widest range of beers (Honingklip).

Of course, no craft beer guide would be complete without mentioning the Western Cape's own South Yeasters Home Brewers Club. Based in Cape Town, it nonetheless has many enthusiastic members all over the province, including some of the microbreweries listed here. 

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Helderberg Breweries

Triggerfish Brewing

Address: Cnr De Beers Ave & Broadway Rd, Somerset West
Telephone: (021) 851-5861
Website: www.triggerfishbrewing.co.za
Trading hours: Wednesday and Thursday 12pm -7pm, Friday from 12pm until people leave and Saturday 12pm – 5pm.
Brewmaster: Eric van Heerden
Beers: widest range of beers of any brewery in South Africa, with 14 at the last count (including seasonal ales), Blonde Ale, Sweetlips, American-style beers, barley wine, Russian imperial stout, imperial IPA.
Water source: local supply, heated to brew temperature and rested overnight to purify.
Other attractions: food, wine tasting, cheetah encounters, the Triggerfish Brown Ale ProAm competition.

Cape Brewing Company

Address: Spice Route Farm, Suid-Agter Paarl Road Suider-Paarl, 7624
Telephone: (021) 8632270
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Website:  http://capebrewing.co.za
Trading hours: Monday - Sunday: 10:00am – 17:00pm
Brewmaster: Wolfgang Koedel
Beers: Pilsner, Lager, Krystal Weiss, Amber Weiss, Devil.
Water source: Paarl Mountain
Other attractions: brewery bar, 2 restaurants, biltong bar, wine and grappa tasting, artisanal chocolatier.

Wild Clover Brewery

Address: Wild Clover Farm, R304, just outside Stellenbosch
Telephone: +27 (0) 82 898 9413
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Website:  http://www.wildclover.co.za/brewery
Trading hours: Fridays to Sundays 12h00 to 18h00 / or as per appointment
Brewmaster: Ampie Kruger
Beers: RooiJan Ale, Double Owl, Black Mole
Water source:
Other attractions: winery, accommodation, kids area, Lazydaze Market, Villiera Wildlife Sanctuary, roastery, country pub.

Stellenbrau

Address: Woodmill, Vredenburg Road, Stellenbosch
Telephone: 021 883 3622
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Website:  http://stellenbrau.co.za
Trading hours:
Brewmaster:
Beers: Craven Craft Lager, Alumni Ale
Water source:
Other attractions: direct sales, tours

Red Sky Brew - NEW

Address: Unit 2, no. 9 Industria Road, Mansfield Industrial Park, Gordon's Bay
Telephone: 079 5021 531
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Website: http://www.winemakersclub.co.za
Trading hours: Mon-Fri: By arrangement
Brewmaster: TBA
Beers: TBA
Water source:TBA
Other attractions:TBA

Wild Beast Brewery

Address: Remhoogte Wine Estate, Stellenbosch
Telephone: Chris 0027764171312 Rob 0027828588399
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Website: www.wildbeastbeer.com
Trading hours:
Brewmaster: Chris and Rob
Beers: Wild Beast Amber Ale, Blonde Ale, IPA
Water source:
Other attractions:

The Village Brewery

Address: R310, Vredenheim Wine Estate, Stellenbosch, Western Cape
Telephone: +27 82 372 3978
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Website: http://barriquerestaurant.co.za
Trading hours: Thu-Sat: 10:00 - 17:00
Brewmaster:Beers: Pale Ale, Dark Ale
Water source:
Other attractions: Vredenheim Wine Estate

Roca Microbrewery

Address: Dieu Donne Vinyards, Franschhoek
Telephone: +27 21 876 3384
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Website: http://www.rocarestaurant.co.za
Trading hours: Mon-Sat: Lunch & Dinner, Sun: Dinner Only
Brewmaster:
Beers: ale, pilsner
Water source:
Other attractions:

Overberg Breweries

Honingklip Brewery

Address: Honingklip Farm R43, Hermanus Road, Botrivier, GPS co-ordinates: -34.284826,19.148805
Telephone: Analize: 082 735 9868
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Website: www.honingklip.co.za
Trading hours: Friday 2pm-6pm and Sunday 10am-6pm
Brewmaster: Mark and Analize Ter Morshuizen
Beers: Wit, Chick Beer, Blonde, Dubbel, Trippel, IPA, Stout, Special.
Water source: a mountain spring on the farm.
Other attractions: 4x4 track, farm stall, kids play area.

Birkenhead Brewery

Address: Birkenhead Estate & Brewery, R326, Stanford
Telephone: +27 28 341 0013
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Website: http://www.walkerbayestate.com
Trading hours: Brewery Tours: Available Wednesday to Friday through advanced booking.
Times: 11h00 or 15h00. Wine & Beer Tasting: Available in the restaurant and bar, Monday to Sunday. Times: 10h00 to 17h00
Brewmaster:
Beers: Premium Lager, Honey Blonde Ale, Birkenhead Pilsner, Chocolate Malt Stout, Black Snake
Water source:
Other attractions: winery, restaurant

Napier Brewery

Address: Monsanto Road Napier 7270
Telephone:
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Website: http://www.napierbrewery.co.za
Trading hours:
Brewmaster: collective
Beers: Overberg Ale
Water source: Soetmuisberg mountains
Other attractions:

Fraser's Folly

Address: Industria Road, Struisbaai, Western Cape, 7285
Telephone: +27 72 742 5824
Email: via web contact form.
Website: http://frasersfollybrewery.blogspot.com
Trading hours: Mon-Fri: By arrangement
Brewmaster: Fraser and Marile Crighton
Beers: Pale Ale  - 4.0 % ABV (Best Bitter), Stout – 4.0 % ABV (Sweet Stout) and a ESB – 6.0 % ABV (Strong Bitter).
Water source:
Other attractions: the whale coast.

Windermere Cider

Address: Elgin Valley, near Grabouw
Telephone: +27 21 848 1516
Email: .
Website:   http://www.windermerecider.co.za
Trading hours: Burgers & ciders, first Sunday of every month.
Brewmaster: Mark Stanford, Andre le Roux, Tamsin Stephens
Cider: Premium Real Apple Cider
Water source: 
Other attractions: 

A little further …

Saggy Stone Brewing Company

Address: Amandalia Farm, off Route 60, Nuy Valley
Telephone: 083 4533526
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Website: www.saggystone.co.za
Trading hours: Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Public Holidays11h00 to 16h00
Brewmaster: Adrian Robinson
Beers: California Steam, Stone Draught, Dark Irish Ale
Other attractions: pub, restaurant.

Karoo Brew

Address: 38 Bath Street, Montagu, Western Cape
Telephone: (023) 614 2461
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Website:  http://www.themystictin.co.za/brewery.php
Trading hours: 8am to 10pm (slightly shorter hours in winter – see their website for full details).
Brewmaster: Kiki & Theo
Beers: Karoo Ale, Honey Ale, Dark Roast Ale
Other attractions: restaurant, accommodation

Home Brew Supplies

If you're interested in trying some brewing yourself, there are some local suppliers.

Health Kick Health Shop- Somerset West & Stellenbosch

Located at Shop 93, Somerset Mall, Somerset West
Tel: 021-852 3733
Shop 24, Stellenbosch Square, Stellenbosch (opposite De Zalze Golf Estate)
Tel:021-880 1717

Stock a range of Coopers & Brewcraft beer kits as well as Malts, Brew enhancers, Hops & Yeasts. Also a selection of brewing & capping equipment & crown caps.

Open 7 days a week

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Wine Machinery Group – Stellenbosch

Located in Stellenbosch they have very nice goodies. They also stock Coopers products.
258 Bird Street, Stellenbosch
Tel: 021 886 5340
Website: www.winemachinery.com

SA Maltsters – Caledon

Suppliers of Pale Malt only
Only sold in 50 kg bags.
Malt is sold ex-works only.
Tel: 028 214 3100



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