It is the old­est mi­cro­brew­ery in KZN

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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.

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