KwaZulu-Natal brew route
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The beers on the KwaZulu-Natal brew route are pure-brewed and have complex flavour profiles so they are perfect for pairing with food.
The KwaZulu-Natal brew route is an epicurean adventure. Though unofficial, beer buffs can trust the brew route (designed by local beer lovers) to guide them to the best regional boutique and garagiste beers KwaZulu-Natal has to offer.
A passion for micro brewing has taken route in KwaZulu-Natal, resulting in the KwaZulu-Natal beer-tasting route, which isn’t a conventional signposted A-to-B route.
Instead, it’s a quest, through some of the province’s loveliest landscapes, to discover malts, ales, and lagers made by passionate local brewmeisters.
Every stop on the beer route in KwaZulu-Natal is deliciously different.
Begin your ale-ramble in the Valley of a 1000 Hills, just outside Durban, where Shongweni Brewery uses only the finest ingredients, natural processes, and no artificial additives to make ‘beer with a view’.
Then, it’s on to the Craft Brewers at Botha's Hill. At Porcupine Quill Micro Brewery, not all beers are created e-quill. Brew Master John Little’s whole-hops, unfiltered, bottle-conditioned beer brands, Quills, Dam Wolf and African Moon are perfect to quaff with the farm's handcrafted cheese and charcuterie.
Thereafter, meander on to the Midlands, and the Nottingham Road Brewery. Feast on very fine eisbein at their Bierfassl restaurant, and if, after too many pints of Tiddly Toad Lager, you’re pie-eyed as a possum, spend the night at the adjacent Rawdons Hotel.
Next morning, heft yourself from the horizontal position, and, armed with a fortifying truckle of beer cheese, make your way to Eshowe in Zululand, to the Zululand Brewery, where you can taste their all-natural Battlefields-inspired brews, and tour the brewery.
In South Africa, traditional sorghum beer is a religious and ceremonial as well as a social drink. On request, Zululand Brewery conducts guided tours to rural Thothotho, where you can sample some of this highly nutritious, unfiltered alcoholic brew, and observe a brewing tradition that dates back centuries.
End your KwaZulu-Natal brew route adventure on the north coast at Luyt’s Brewery in Ballito, where it’s a good idea to tour the brewery prior to taking a liking to their Luyt premium lager.
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Who to contact
Quills Micro Brewery
Tel: +27 (0)31 777 1566
Tel: +27 (0)32 63290
Nottingham Road Brewery
Tel: +27 (0)33 266 6044