Celebrating South Africa’s craft brewing heritage - Dockside Brewery


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.

Dockside Brewery – Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape

Karl Schlaphoff is one of the most passionate brewers I have met. He loves to experiment and currently has over 52 different brews on his menu. In addition, he produces everything from easy-drinking session beers to complex European Sour Ale and a variety of Saison beers.

We have written about his tap-room and brews elsewhere. At this tasting, we sampled his latest session beer.

Settle the Dust

This is a Belgain Pale Ale that Karl created for drinking around the braai. It has a relatively high alcohol content at 5.5%, but is smooth, light, moderately malty and very tasty. Karl explained that it’s not a traditional Belgian beer, because he uses American hops.

Interested in the other breweries we sampled? Read all about our experience with Bridge Street Brewery here.

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