Celebrating South Africa’s craft brewing heritage - Benn Koppen


On September 24, we, at Home Food and Travel, celebrated Heritage Day with a beer tasting. This has become an annual event and craft brewers from around the country have been kind enough to send us their wares.

This year, we had three brewers in attendance and we had the pleasure of tasting over 50 brews from 16 local breweries. In no particular order, this is what we discovered.

Benn Koppen – Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape

Benn Koppen is located in Main Road, Walmer, PE. Owner, Jonathan Roche, does not do the brewing himself, but has developed a number of amazing recipes according to which his beer is brewed.

We have long been fans of the Benn Koppen brews and their Growler system is awesome. We tasted Jonathan’s latest creation, the Van James Larger.

Jonathan describes it as being crisp, smooth and refreshing. It is a session beer and as such is an easy drinking, light-bodied lager. We have found it to be great for drinking around the braai or while watching the Springboks klap the All Blacks.

Interested in the other breweries we sampled? Read all about our experience with Richmond Hill Brewing Company here.

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Contact Franchisee Liandé Barnard
Eastern Cape contact number 086 163 6845
Eastern Cape email address exec4@ricochetpublishing.co.za