It is the oldest microbrewery in KZN
NOTTINGHAM Road Brewing Company is officially the oldest microbrewery in KwaZulu-Natal, starting up in 1996.
The brewery was set up on the Rawdons Hotel premises in Nottingham Road on the KZN Midlands Meander by owners Peter and Sue Dean with the help of SAB brewer Trevor Morgan and Sue’s father, Don Attwood. Starting with a small 50-litre pilot brewery to come up with the initial four recipes (Tiddly Toad Lager, Whistling Weasel Pale Ale, Pye-Eyed Possum Pilsner and Pickled Pig Porter), the fully functioning 10-hectolitre brewhouse and factory designed by Peter Dean and Morgan was up and running by the end of 1996, and has been going from strength to strength ever since.
The Bierfassl Restaurant & Pub was then built nearby in Nottingham Road as the official tap room, with the whole range of Notties beers, in 2000 and is now, in conjunction with Rawdons Hotel and the brewery tap room, a huge
“Besides the brewery shop, the brewery now has its own tap room/gin bar and the Pig’s Rest seating deck, as well as all its beers and G&Ts on tap ...”
attraction on the Midlands Meander.
The brewery now has eight beers in its range (including the Tipsy Tiger Unfiltered IPA, Wobbling Wombat Summer Ale, Swinging Samango Mango Ale, and Pickled Pig Cappuccino Porter), a few small-batch limited runs, and since late 2017, have been distilling their own London Dry-style craft gin and G&T under the name Rawdons Distilling Company. Besides the brewery shop, the brewery now has its own tap room/gin bar and the Pig’s Rest seating deck, as well as all its beers and G&Ts on tap at the Boar’s Head Pub at Rawdons Hotel.
Tours are also available upon request, and the famous Pig Rig beer truck, which has proved immensely popular at many trail runs, bike races, weddings
and beer events, is available to hire for functions (as well as party kegs and a number of other possibilities).
By keeping its distribution small and utilising the brewery, distillery, hotel and Bierfassl as the full package, the Nottingham Road Brewing Company has managed to maintain the quality of its beer and attract many local and international visitors on an annual basis.