Celebrating South Africa’s craft brewing heritage - South Cape Breweries


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.

South Cape Breweries – Mossel Bay, Garden Route

The Glenhoff range of beers is brewed by South Cape Breweries, located in Mossel Bay, using the older Reinheitsgebot Bavarian brewing rules as well as the newer German Vorläufiges Biergesetz rules introduced in 1993.

Having done a tasting of Genhoff’s brews in the past, I know how good they are. Many of the other tasters had very good comments about the range.

We noted that the Glenhoff Lager was easy drinking and had a slightly lower level of bitterness than many of the other lagers.

The Belgian Crystal Weiss was full of flavour - banana, cumin, coriander, orange and cloves with a little hop bitterness. Glenhoff American Pale Ale is a medium-bodied beer that is easy-drinking with fruity notes and a slight caramel taste.

I enjoy a good stout from time to time and find the Glenhoff Belgian Stout to be particularly enjoyable. Perhaps it is the chocolate and coffee flavours (two of my favourite tastes) that are so dominant in this brew.

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

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Contact Franchisee Liandé Barnard
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