Celebrating South Africa’s craft brewing heritage - Richmond Hill Brewing Company


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.

Richmond Hill Brewing Company – Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape

The Richmond Hill Brewing Company, located in the heart of the fashionable Baakens Valley, has produced some classic session beers.

They have a great pub next to the brewery where you can also sample their Jane Doe - a Hard Lemonade, as well as their gin. Niall Cook, the brewer has just launched three rather interesting brews.

Phases of Jan – Winter Ale

This is perhaps the most amazing beer that I have tasted. It is full of flavour and I spent a full half-an-hour sipping away to discover its complex flavours. The cinnamon and vanilla are most distinctive and there are hints of orange peel too. Niall says that the high alcohol percentage (7% to be exact) and complexity of the ingredients lends itself to an increased aging capacity. Yip, put it in storage and enjoy on Christmas Day in a couple of years!

That Girl Oatmeal Stout and Wanderlust, a raspberry and cherry infused beer, are also new on the menu. Watch this space for more on these two beers.

Interested in the other breweries we sampled? Read all about our experience with The Little Brewery on the River here.

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