Rais­ing the bar

These crowd-pleas­ing mi­cro­brew­eries are el­e­vat­ing the craft.

Glamour (South Africa) - - Guide -

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).

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