Impi Brewing Co is located in Victoria Yards, a 30,000m² formerly derelict industrial space on the east side of town (between O.R. Tambo International Airport and the Maboneng Precinct) that is fast becoming a cool new urban destination.
Designed by the founder of the boutique complex 44 Stanley in Milpark, Victoria Yards is also built around a series of open courtyards in which you'll find artist studios, a community food garden, artisan workshops and the Daville Baillie art gallery. Much more is planned for the space.
Impi's co-founders Nico Booysen and Tsietsi Madonsela are two professional property valuers who share a serious love for beer. The duo describe their brewery as a project of passion (one should know never to get between a man and his brew), that celebrates African heritage with international quality beers.
Inspired by the Zulu name for a warrior, Impi currently produce two craft beers. The namesake Warrior Pilsner, described as bold, innovative and fearless, should appeal to craft aficionados, while the Homestead Lager is an easy drinking beer perfect for South African summer days.
The Impi Brewing Co's interior is worth a visit even if beer isn't your drink of choice. The impressive triple volume space is a quirky mix that continues the proud Zulu theme with a bar of beer crates and a gigantic yellow vat forming part of the ceiling. Adorning the back of the bar are magnificent ceremonial Zulu headdresses that the pair went to great lengths to source in Kwa-Zulu Natal (you'll see similar headdresses on Durban's famous rickshaw-pullers at North Beach) and a collection of spears that date back to the 1880s. The furniture has been handmade by local artists.
A menu of wood-fired pizzas perfectly complements the easy drinking beers available on tap and the addition of a sunny beer garden area makes this an ideal weekend afternoon hangout.
Located a short distance from Emirates Airline Park rugby stadium this is a friendly and relaxed spot for pre-game drinks.