Road tripping for the hops: Craft breweries of North West

2018-09-11 17:25 - Gabi Zietsman
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North West has a craft beer scene ready to be road tripped. (Photo: iStock)

When a Castle or a Windhoek isn't enough to satisfy your beer cravings, we are lucky enough to have access to a growing craft beer industry that will make you spoilt for choice - if you find yourself in a province with a healthy brewing scene that is.

The golden veins of the craft brew are slowly inching its way to other provinces from the meccas of Western Cape and Gauteng, with small microbreweries popping up in the local pub or a wine farm branching out to reel in the non-grape lovers. One day hopefully you'll be able to order a home-brew in every pub across the country.

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Many travel to the Cape winelands specifically to taste their way through their vineyards, so why wouldn't you travel to hop your way through North West's independent brew scene?

Just don't try to order a Hansa at these craft breweries or you might make a brewmaster cry.

Ale House

Ale House is near the Hartbeespoort Dam, where you can sit on a stoep and enjoy their ale brewed from mountain spring water. They also practice the art of floor malting its grain seasonally. Their beers include EselWeiss, Irish Red Ale, Capsicum Ale only brewed in winter and a Smokey Oak Ale - their version of a Rauchbier.

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Chameleon Brewhouse

Another Harties beerhouse, Chameleon Brewhouse keeps its guests entertained not only with pizza but also a round or 10 of beer pong! They have a six-beer range which includes a Weiss, cider, blonde ale, American pale ale and stout.

Aviators Tavern and Craft Brewing Co

This brewery has its very own helipad for those extra-special fly-in customers in De Rust. Their brew is made with Austrian machinery and they focus their skills on a red ale, IPA and wheat beer, also known as Weizen.

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Route 96

Outside the academic city of Potchefstroom, Route 96 Craft Beer brews their beers on a family-friendly small-holding with naturally purified water from their boreholes. Their seven-beer range includes the Swartkat Lager, Africa Pilsner, Weissbeer, Red Ale, GRT Ale and a stout.

Brauhaus am Damm

Discover German excellence in the mountains of Magaliesberg with Brauhaus am Damm on the Olifantsnek Dam. All ingredients are imported from Germany and brewed according to the Reinheitsgebot. Their offering is the Farmer's Draught lager, Brauhaus Dunkel, Brauhaus Weizen and Märzen amber lager in the style of Oktoberfest.

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