Celebrating South Africa’s craft brewing heritage - Brauhauss am Damm

BY GRAEME LUND - OCTOBER 2, 2018

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.

Brauhauss am Damm – Rustenberg, North West

As their name suggests, the Brauhauss am Damm brewery follows the Bavarian ‘Reinheitsgebot’ brewing laws of 1516.

Located close to the Olifantsnek Dam, in the beautiful Magaliesberg, this brewery offers tastings and tours of their brewery and a lovely restaurant that serves, you guessed it, German cuisine. Ask for advice on pairing the beers with your meal!

Farmers Draught

Described on their website as a blond-coloured lager in the style of beer enjoyed in the famous beer halls of Bavaria, in other words a ‘Münchner Helles’, it’s light on the palate, with a crisp, slightly dry, but pleasantly soft finish. We found this to be an ideal session beer.

Brauhaus Dunkel

Much enjoyed by many at our beer tasting, this dark, full-flavoured beer has a cream-coloured head. This is a beer to enjoy slowly, mouth full by mouth full. We loved the coffee, caramel and roast malt flavours.

Brauhaus Weizen

We noticed that this beer was a bit cloudy. This is due to the top fermenting yeast used and the higher protein content of the wheat malt. Their tasting notes said; “The fruity banana and spicy clove like flavours meet in harmony to give this ‘Weissbier’ its

unique taste.”

Märzen

This was the only Märzen at our tasting and so it attracted a lot of attention. It is in fact a lager brewed in the style favoured at the German Oktoberfest. A typical festival beer, it has Münchner and pilsner malt as the base malt as well as caramel malt for flavouring. We found it to be complex to be medium bodied, creamy and aromas of baked bread and a hint of sweetness. Delicious!

Interested in the other breweries we sampled? Read all about our experience with Mad Giant Beer here.

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