Celebrating South Africa’s craft brewing heritage - Lions River 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.

Lions River Brewery – Lidgton, KZN

Lions River Craft Brewery is located on a farm mid-way between Howick and the well-known village of Nottingham Road. This family-owned brewery has a tap-room for tasting, offers tours of the brewery and has a restaurant on site.

Ronald McClelland, the brewer, produces a variety of German beers and ales. A great place to visit!

Festive Beer

I love festive beers because you never know what to expect. In this case, Ronald has created a lager based festive beer that is amber in colour. The nose is of freshly-baked bread and on the mouth, it is smooth with a hint hops. It was well-liked by all.


I saved one or two of the beers from the tasting to enjoy on my own and at my leisure. This was one of them. I spent a wonderfully productive Friday afternoon writing this article while sipping on this delightful brew. This rich and complex Pilsner has a complex floral and spicy aroma followed by a crisp, rich complex maltiness with dry to medium finish.

Pale Ale

This was another of my Friday afternoon refreshments. A very tasty ale with a distinct citrus aroma, and a hint of caramel. The taste is wholesome with a clean, smooth hoppiness and a woody, earth quality. It is full in the mouth.

Interested in the other breweries we sampled? Read all about our experience with Brauhauss am Damm here.

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