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Joburg's Best Craft Breweries

01 Feb 2018

You don’t need to go out of your way these days to find craft brews on tap – almost every decent bar in the city has at least two or three brands on its menu. Plus Joburg (and surrounds) has a number of great micro-breweries producing some of the finest craft beers in the country. Here's our guide to some of the best:

IMPI BREWING CO

Joburg's newest destination craft brewery is located in Victoria Yards, a 30,000m² formerly industrial space that is now home to artist studios, community food gardens, artisanal workshops and the Daville Baillie Gallery. Impi currently produce two craft beers – the Warrior Pilsner and the Homestead Lager. Zulu artefacts abound, including a pair of authentic traditional Isidlakulas/Isiyaya (Zulu headdresses) which hold pride of place above the bar. A combination of wood-fired pizzas, easy drinking beers available on tap and a sunny beer garden makes this an ideal weekend afternoon hangout.
Victoria Yards, 24 Victoria Rd, Lorentzville ​

MAD GIANT
This impressive bar, brewery and bottle shop, also housing Urbanologi, an Asian-inspired tapas restaurant, attracts a lively and diverse crowd for lunch, dinner and any time in between. Part of the newly regenerated downtown 1 Fox Precinct, there is plenty of indoor and outdoor seating and spaces to enjoy by day or night, including an excellent beer garden. The unique tastes of Mad Giant's craft beers (the crisp, hoppy pilsner is quite exceptional), make this a must-visit destination. There's also an adjoining bottle shop where you can buy brews and beautiful glassware to take home.
1 Fox Precinct, 1 Fox St, Ferreirasdorp, City Centre

OAKES BREW HOUSE
This all-women-run brewery sits under a giant oak tree on the grounds of an attractive old manor house in historic Modderfontein, a serene, green neighbourhood halfway between Sandton and O.R. Tambo airport. The adjoining 33 High Street restaurant is a great stop for lunch with your beer – choose from an easy-drinking American Pale Ale,Pilsner-style lager, or the dark and strong Butt Stout.
Cnr Main Rd and High St, Modderfontein

GILROY’S PUB AND BREWERY
Book in advance for a fun Saturday morning tour with wisecracking owner and brewmaster Steve Gilroy. The adjoining pub and beer garden is packed on weekends. Gilroy’s is located on Joburg’s northern fringes and is a short drive (around 20 minutes) from Maropeng and the Cradle of Humankind.
Cnr Beyers Naude and R411, Muldersdrift, Krugersdorp

SOWETO GOLD (UBUNTU KRAAL)
You can find the signature Soweto Gold Lager at many of Joburg’s bars, and on a visit to the quirky Ubuntu Kraal craft brewery in Soweto you can also try their newest creations, such as the refreshing Soweto Gold Apple Ale, which pairs perfectly with one of the delicious meaty dishes from the brewery’s ‘gourmet township grill’ menu.
111846 Senokoanyana St, Orlando West Ext, Soweto

SAB WORLD OF BEER
Founded in 1888 to satisfy the thirst of Joburg’s gold rush miners, the mega-brewer SAB Miller has since conquered the planet and produces dozens of world-renowned brands. While it's certainly not a craft brewery, the World of Beer tour is a fun, light-hearted, multi-sensory experience tracing the history of all things beer,and includes two drinks at the rooftop bar.
15 Helen Joseph St (cnr Gerard Sekoto St), Newtown

Associated Venues

Mad Giant

 1Fox Precinct, 1 Fox St (parking at 14 Alexander St), Ferreirasdorp, City Centre

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