I had the opportunity to travel to South Africa in June of 2012. While there I made it a point of touring the oldest brewery in South Africa … Newland’s Brewery. Technically it was the Mariendahl Brewery in the early 1800’s, but all breweries eventually change, don’t they? Well … maybe not some German breweries. haha.
Yes … Newland’s is a part of the SAB family of breweries. Regardless, the brewery was awesome, the people were great, and the beer was good. I recommend a quick pass out that way if in Capetown. The tour is 5 Rand I think … and you get to sit in the pub at the end and have a few!
This place has quite the history — and it’s well worth the tour. I know most people think of wine in South Africa but there is definitely a tradition of beer brewing. I enjoyed the lagers (naturally … what country doesn’t server lagers on the African continent?) and the Stout. Like I said — you get to enjoy yourself at the end of the tour. Reminded me of all my US brewery tours. haha.
Enjoy! Beer Mentor