12 Best Craft Beer Breweries in Cape Town & Beyond

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Craft beer isn’t just a drink, it’s a culture. Whether you’re a seasoned connoisseur or a casual sipper, the Mother City has a bubbling craft beer scene. Visit these 12 craft beer breweries in Cape Town and its surrounds to explore unique local brews.

Aegir Project Brewery

Make your way to Aegir to experience some of the best craft beer in Cape Town. This local brewery stands out for its experimental brews and welcoming atmosphere. The Aegir Taproom features unique beers such as the Red Rye with coffee, caramel and marzipan notes, and the refreshing Hazy Galaxy IPA. Don’t know which to pick? Go with a Tasting Tray, which offers a selection of five craft beers on tap.

Location: Aegir Project Taproom, 65 Beach Road, Noordhoek,
Hours: Mon-Sun: 09h00–23h00
Contact: 066 587 9324

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Afro Caribbean Brewing Company

Afro Caribbean Brewing Company brings a tropical twist to the Cape Town beer scene. For two decades, they’ve been crafting eclectic beers. Full of character and flavour, craft beer pundits will appreciate their Lagerfarian lager and their crisp Session IPAs. Pop downstairs to hang out at Banana Jam Café to have a brewski with your pals.

Location: 157 2nd Avenue, Kenilworth (Above Banana Jam Café)
Hours: Tues-Sat: 11h00–23h00 | Sun: 11h00–22h00 | *Closed Mondays
Contact: 021 674 0186

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Devil’s Peak Beer Company

Devil’s Peak, one of the most recognised beers in South Africa, offers an exceptional experience for beer enthusiasts. At Taproom Salt River, visitors can indulge in their premium lagers, a diverse range of Expression beers (including IPAs and Golden Ales), and fantastic food. Catering to all tastes, Devil’s Peak also serves delightful non-alcoholic brews.

Location: 150 Cecil Rd, 1st Floor PALS Building, Salt River
Hours: Mon-Fri: 08h00–22h00 | Sat: 12h00–22h00 | Closed Sundays
Contact: 021 203 0123

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Hoghouse Brewing Co.

Hoghouse combines delicious beer with mouthwatering barbecue. Their craft beers, such as the Roadhog Porter, Haybale Saison and Pumba Pilsner, are brewed on-site. If you prefer your beer on the lighter side, have at their Hoglite Low-Alc Kölsch. Visit on Fridays for an unforgettable beer and barbecue experience; their Texan-style meat is sensational!

Location: 42 Morningside Str, Ndabeni
Hours: Fridays: 17h00–20h00 | *Happy Hour 16h00–17h00
Contact: 021 810 4545

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Jack Black Taproom

Jack Black crafts some of the most popular and delicious beer in Cape Town. Located in Diep River, Jack Black Taproom offers a laid-back vibe with an extensive range of craft beers. Known for its great beers like Skeleton Coast IPA and Cape Pale Ale, it’s a local institution.

Check out their weekly Quiz Nights and events, and try their tasty burgers if you’re after a good time with friends. Keep your eyes peeled on their socials for seasonal releases and their support ‘Pint for a Purpose’ movement, which heroes incredible local organisations.

Location: 10 Brigid Rd, Diep River
Hours: Mon, Tues & Sat: 10h00–18h00; Wed-Fri: 10h00–20h00 (Retail hours) | Taproom: Closes at 22h00 from Wednesdays to Fridays and at 17h00 on Saturdays.
Contact: 021 447 4151

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LOCAL Brewery

Newer to the craft beer scene in Cape Town, is LOCAL. Their innovative and sustainable approach to beer makes this brewery worth the visit. With an impressively long bar table and a courtyard, there’s plenty of space to squeeze in all your mates. Try their LOCAL beer, a session lager inspired by the German Helles lager, and their recently launched Lost Horizons Black IPA – made in collaboration with Shackleton Brewing Company.

Location: 35 Sussex Street, Woodstock
Hours: Fridays: 15h00–00h00
Contact: 010 109 3149

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Shackleton Brewing Company

Renowned for its small-batch brews and community spirit, Shackleton Brewing Company in Salt River offers an array of flavourful beers. Their lineup includes the ever-popular Kölsch Draft and Golden Ale Draft, making this Cape Town brewery a local favourite.

Committed to creating awareness about sea life, the Shackleton range includes innovative beers like The Icebreaker, produced with glacial ice from Antarctica. Try the Hoppy IPA from something equally delicious. For each can sold, R1 is donated to SANCCOB – a non-profit organisation with a mission to improve the decline of seabird populations.

Location: 23 Transvaal St, Paarden Eiland
Hours: Mon-Fri: 08h00–19h00 | Sat: 09h00–13h00 | Closed Sundays
Contact: 071 347 4089

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Urban Brewing Company

Located in Hout Bay, Urban Brewing Company combines a picturesque setting with exceptional beer. Their range includes refreshing pilsners and robust stouts, brewed with an emphasis on local flavours, which offers a tasty craft beer drinking experience.

Location: 31 Harbour Road, Hout Bay
Hours: Wed, Thurs, Sat & Sun: 11h00–20h00 | Fri: 12h00–23h00 | Closed Mon & Tues
Contact: 082 338 9109

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Woodstock Brewery

Nestled in the bustling heart of Woodstock, this brewery is an institution for beer lovers. Woodstock Brewery offers a diverse lineup of beers, including the popular Californicator IPA and Mr Brownstone, making it perfect for an afternoon of craft beer. Visit their Taproom in Observatory for their Pizza & Pint special.

Location: 252 Albert Rd, Woodstock (Beerhall) | 105 Lower Main Rd, Observatory (Taproom)
Hours: Mon & Tues: 15h00–22h00; Wed-Sat: 13h00–22h00; Closed Sundays (Taproom)
Contact: 021 203 3045 (Beerhall) | 082 894 4990(Taproom)

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More Local Breweries

Venture to these exceptional breweries in the Western Cape.

Cape Brewing Company

Cape Brewing Company, better known as ‘CBC,’ is synonymous with high-quality brews. Take a road trip to Paarl to taste their delicious CBC Lager, Amber Weiss and Pilsner. CBC also provides a diverse taste journey with experimental flavours, ranging from the spicy Harvest Larger to the zesty Mardarina Weiss and toffee malt flavours of the Dunkel.

Location: Spice Route Farm. Suid-Agter Paarl Road, Suider-Paarl
Hours: Mon-Sun: 10h00–17h00
Contact: 021 863 2270

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Darling Brew

Trek to the West Coast to visit the beautiful town of Darling, which is home to Darling Brew. Visitors can explore the brewery during their beer tours and sample their fantastic range of craft beers at the Darling Brew Tasteroom. With an impressive range of craft beers, like Modern Saisons, pilsners and even gluten-free lagers, it’s definitely a ‘Darling Brew.’

Location: 48 Caledon Street, Darling, South Africa
Hours: Mon-Sat: 08h00–17h00 | Sun: 09h00–17h00 | Public holidays (hours may differ on religious holidays): 08h00–17h00
Contact: 076 092 8313

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Newlands Brewery

Newlands Brewery is South Africa’s oldest brewery. Owned by ABInBev, this hotspot offers a historic yet contemporary beer experience. While they promote commercial beers, their tours make this gem worth the visit.

Location: 3 Main Road, Newlands
Hours: Tues-Thurs: 12h00 | Fri: 12h00 & 15h00 | Sat: 10h00 & 12h00 | *Closed Sundays, Mondays, Public Holidays & Easter Weekend
Contact: 021 658 7511

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