Raising the bar
These crowd-pleasing microbreweries are elevating the craft.
Durban S43 43 Station Dr, Berea; 031 303 2747
Home to That Brewing Co, this trendy urban space serves up tasty street-style dishes that perfectly complement their craft beers. We recommend the pulledpork bun with beer-battered onion rings (R90) or the Mexican chicken burger (R88). To drink, try the popular That American Pale Ale (R30) or That Blonde Ale (R30).
Boar’s Head Brewery Pub R103 Nottingham Rd, Rawdon’s Hotel, Midlands Meander; 033 266 6044
With a 21-year history, this local favourite is known for hearty pub fare; think BBQ spare ribs (R135) and chicken pot pie (R88). Do try the tasting paddle (R50 for four beers), which includes top brews like the Tiddly Toad and Whistling Weasel.
Robson’s Real Beer 72 Mahatma Gandhi Rd, Durban Point; 031 035 0827
Robson’s is a must for craft beer lovers and foodies alike. The Real Beer Burger (bacon-wrapped beef patty stuffed with mushrooms, peppers, onions and mozzarella; R86) tops our list. Pair it with an on-tap brew, like the Durban Pale Ale (R27), and you’re set.
Joburg Capital Craft Beer Academy Cnr Thomas Edison and 12th St, Greenlyn Village Centre, Menlo Park; 012 424 8601
This vibey joint is perfect for a night on the town and you’ll be spoilt for choice with over 200 local and imported beers on the menu. Our suggestion: English Copperlake Ale (R45) and a Pineapple Express Burger (beef patty topped with halloumi, pineapple and feta-and-peppadew sauce; R95).
Stanley Beer Yard 44 Stanley Ave, Milpark; 011 482 5791
A hip and happy vibe, courtyard views and colonial-meets-industrial decor add up to a fun and very popular place to see and be seen. Regulars go for meaty treats like the flavourful basted pork prego (R88) and the extensive craft beer menu will satisfy even the most ardent connoisseur. A fireplace in winter adds to the allure.
Craft Beer Library Cnr 3rd Ave and 6th St; Linden; 071 177 9531
Talk about brew-lover heaven! The on-tap (literally) selection at this bustling spot includes delicious flavours like Saboteur English Ale (R42) and hearty farm-style food. We loved the slow-roasted pork belly skewers (R65) followed by pita stuffed with lamb and tzatziki (R95).
Cape Town The Hoghouse R310 Baden Powell Rd, Spier Wine Farm, Stellenbosch; 021 881 3174
Set on the lush grounds of the Spier Wine Farm, The Hoghouse is a wonderfully inviting spot with a customisable BBQ menu. The choices are quite extensive, including temptations like smoked pork belly (R60) and lamb baguette (R95). The custard tart (R35) makes for a sweet ending and do try the Warthog India Pale Ale (R34 for half a pint).
Darling Brew 48 Caledon St, Darling; 021 286 1099
Situated in an appealing West Coast village, this interactive establishment offers ale-house classics, great beer tastings and fresh country fare, all in a working microbrewery with lovely gardens. Try an amber beer like the Bone Crusher (R20 for 500ml) along with a tasty cheese and meat platter for two (R160) or a more substantial dish like the ostrich burger (R85).
The Taproom 150 Cecil Rd, Devil’s Peak Brewing Company, Salt River; 021 200 5818
An impressive beer menu, quirky and inviting decor and outstanding pub food make for a memorable, fun and very popular spot. On our radar: spicy chilli poppers (R48), succulent cheeseburger (R88) and the beer tasting tray (R60 for four), all concluded with a slice of heavenly blueberry cheesecake (R56).