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When we think of the Cape Winelands, wine immediately comes to mind. But what about the craft beer scene that is all the rave at the moment? The 9Lives team decided to round up their favourite craft beer tasting spots in the Cape Winelands. So, whether you enjoy downing a cold one after a long day, or are a hardcore craft beer connoisseur, or even a newbie beer drinker, be sure to pencil these craft beer tasting spots into your weekend calendars.

Wild Clover Breweries

Wild Clover Farm, Stellenbosch


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With names like Eagle Weiss, Double Owl Ale and Black Dog Porter, the Wild Clover Farm is a must visit for any beer enthusiast. The farm sports a very chilled, laid back atmosphere, and if you’re free on a Saturday between 12h00 and 14h00, pop over for a 500mL draft of your choice for R20. Total bargain in our opinion!

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Stellenbrau Brewery

Woodmill Lifestyle, Stellenbosch


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Take a tour through the Stellenbrau Microbrewery, led by an engaging and dynamic guide as he teaches you the “hows” and “whys” of the beer-making process. The tour is concluded with a guided tasting in the Tap Room, where the different elements of beer tasting, such as appearance, aroma and flavour, are explained. The experience is highly enjoyable overall, and very informative, and you get to learn where the names like Craven Lager and Jonkers Weiss come from.

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Craft Wheat & Hops

16 Andringa St, Stellenbosch Central, Stellenbosch


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There is nothing better than ending a long day at work with a cold one — and what better way to do so than beer tasting at Craft Wheat & Hops. Close, convenient and right in the hub of central Stellenbosch. Set in a trendy industrial-style interior, this artisan bistro and beer house offers tasty food options and a wide selection of artisan beer from only the best microbreweries.

I was thoroughly impressed with their entire beer tasting experience. For R69, I had the choice of five of their selected beers on tap. And boy was it a tough decision to make! With options such Naked Mexican Lager, Jack Black Cape Pale Ale, Devil’s Peak First Light Golden Ale, Wild Honey Blonde Crystal Weiss, 33 Degrees South IPA, CBC Pilsner, Black River Coffee Stout and Hoghouse Porter, there is enough to let your belly belch in beer happiness!

Why not pay Craft a visit for their Frisky Fridays, where you can enjoy a free tasting from 6-8 pm; and line your stomach with good grub while you’re at it!

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Thirsty Scarecrow

Mooiberge Farm, R44 & Annandale Road, Stellenbosch


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For all the craft beer junkies out there, The Thirsty Scarecrow has all you need to quench your thirst. Where you can sip on the likes of Diesel & Dust, De Poes and Boston Beer, their wide selection of novel local and craft beer will certainly tickle your fancy. The perfect setting to wile away the sunlight dancing over Mooiberge Strawberry farm, their local beer tasting (R45 for four or R80 for eight beers) is a well-worth experience. And while you’re at it, why not line your stomach with some good grub. Just a bite of deliciousness, their bitterballens and beer pairing is a definite must.

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Spice Route Winery, Paarl

Okay so I like anything related to beer, and in my head, I’m part of a Beer Appreciation Society (something like the Breakfast Club, but with beer) so everything that I’m going to say doesn’t necessarily count. Luckily my mom and dad accompanied me on my CBC (Cape Brewing Company) adventure at Spice Route.

My dad’s favourite beer was the CBC Lager. He enjoyed the malty sweetness and bitterness from the hops and thought that it is an easy tasting beer that left him refreshed. After the bitterness of the Lager, he enjoyed the CBC Amber Weiss because of the banana flavour he immediately recognized. (Very proud moment for the newly self-appointed craft mister!)

We really liked the fact that we could see the whole process while we tasted the 4 CBC beers (only R40 for this tasting) and as for my mom… She didn’t say much, but the small giggle and skip in her step was confirmation enough that she enjoyed it!


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Tuk Tuk Microbrewery

14 Huguenot Rd, Franschhoek


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Tuk Tuk is a craft microbrewery situated in the main road of Franschhoek. Their variety of bespoke brews and delicious Mexican-inspired food makes for a perfect place to unwind. The coolest part about this brewery is the fact that you dine in the same space where the beers are produced, creating very fragrant aromas that are sure to get you in a tasting mood.

Their tasting menu consists of a choice between any three or five CBC beers or all four Tuk Tuk beers, each served in a 100mL glass.

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Taproom at Devil’s Peak

Pandoer St, Welgemoed, Cape Town


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As a regular visitor to the Northern Suburbs, a weekend is never complete without a few beers at Devil’s Peak. With a laid back atmosphere and refreshing beers in all forms, it’s easy to end up spending your whole Saturday afternoon at the Taproom. Something that definitely set them aside from the rest, is that they have a non-alcoholic option as well, called the “Zero to Hero”. Okay so I haven’t tried this one yet as I prefer my beer to be actual – uhm, beer – but my friend has had it several times and claimed it to be one of her favourite drinks. I know Pale Ale is not really everyone’s cup of tea, but I can highly recommend their King’s Blockhouse, which is a fruity IPA. If that’s not for you, their Lager will definitely have you coming back for more. Next time you’re in the Northurbs, be sure to pay them a visit.

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Old Potters Inn

16 Main Rd, Greyton


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The small, picturesque town of Greyton is home to some of the best beer I’ve come across in the Western Cape. This little town, that is mostly comprised of dirt roads, is known for their beautiful houses, street cafés and artistic influence, and without fail, I visit the Old Potter’s Inn every time that I’m in town. I would definitely recommend going for their Plaas Japie Saison, and even their City Slicker Pale Ale (even though I’m not usually a pale ale fan). Their saison is nice and fruity, while their pale ale is quite clear and smells of freshly baked bread.


Where is your favourite craft beer tasting spot in the wineland? We’d like to know. Feel free to share your experience in the comment section below.


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