Celebrating South Africa’s craft brewing heritage - Hermanus 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.

Hermanus Brewery – Hermanus, Western Cape

The Hermanus Brewery was started by James Rattle and, together with his wife, Di, and brewer, Richard Hammond, have produced an award winning beer, Old Harbour Lager.

James says, “Our lager is brewed with Overberg barley and southern hops, and has a clear yellow-rose colour. It is an easy-drinking, session beer. It has a balanced depth of flavour with a crisp, passion fruity smooth finish. It is unpasteurized and has no additives, so it’s pure goodness!”

We found the Old Harbour Lager to be very pleasant and it is not surprising that it won a Gold medal for the top lager at the National Beer Trophy Awards two years in a row.

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

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