Celebrating South Africa’s craft brewing heritage - Bridge Street 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.

Bridge Street Brewery – Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape

This highly popular brewery and restaurant is located in Baakens Valley, in Port Elizabeth. Lex Mitchell of Mitchell’s Brewery fame started this brewery and sold it on.

He remains a consultant to the current owners, who made some significant improvements to the restaurant and tap-room.

Celtic Cross Pilsner

This award-winning beer has long been one of my favourite beverages. Easy-drinking, this pale medium-strength pilsner has a pronounced hoppy taste. With an ABV of 4.3% it is not to strong and is the perfect refreshment for an afternoon of watching sport with your friends in the Bridge Street pub.

Black Dragon Double Chocolate Stout

This is one of the tastiest beers around. Our tasters agreed that this brew is best drunk slowly with each mouthful savoured. The flavours are intense and the chocolate taste comes through strongly as do hints of coffee. It’s full and velvety in the mouth, a real pleasure to drink!

Interested in the other breweries we sampled? Read all about our experience with South Cape Breweries here.

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