Johannesburg

Joburg Nightlife – Joburg's Best Craft Breweries

23 Feb 2017

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.

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 simply exceptional), an innovative and delicious selection of snacks and main courses and fabulous interior design, make this a must-visit destination that easily earns its place as the best destination brewery in the city. 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

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

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 – the Rhino and Lion Nature Reserve and the Cradle of Humankind can be reached in 20 minutes.
Cnr Beyers Naude and R411, Muldersdrift, Krugersdorp

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

THE COCKPIT BREWHOUSE
Located in a pretty little Victorian house in Cullinan (around 40km east of Pretoria), Cockpit has an extensive range of award-winning ales and stouts and serves classic pub food. Take a tour of Cullinan’s famous diamond mine, just 100m down the road or drop by the brewhouse after a Dinokeng safari.
80 Oak Ave, Cullinan

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

NORMAN GOODFELLOWS
And finally, for a wide selection of craft brews all in one place head to Norman Goodfellows, specialists in expert advice and supreme service. You can also order online and have your beers delivered wherever you need them to be.

Associated Venues

Mad Giant

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

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