When it comes to natural beauty, [Cape Town]() is an effortless contender. But there’s more to the Mother City than Table Mountain and Cape Point. Get your tastebuds ready and let us take you on a tour of a few of our favourites:
Hope on Hopkins, 7 Hopkins Street, Salt River
This local spirit producer is housed in what was once a rather dilapidated warehouse in Cape Town’s industrial hub. After a welcome makeover, the Hope building presents a smooth-edged, modernist design that lets the quality of the home-crafted spirits do the talking. Using local grown malted barley, the process of creating the Single Malt Vodka includes cooking, fermenting over several days and then triple distilling to make their base neutral spirit. You can pop in and experience batch distilling firsthand with a private tasting and a tour of the whole outfit (arrange in advance via the website to be sure of your slot.)
Devil’s Peak Brewing Company, 95 Durham Avenue, Salt River
Blessed with firstrate views of Devil’s Peak and Table Mountain, this is where you’ll find both the maker and the finished product: freshly-produced craft beer is sold onsite in The Taproom, Devil’s Peak’s very own brewpub. This comfy, living-room style venue includes a craft beer and food pairing board (a generous cheeseburger (£3.15) with an approachable, novice drinker’s First Light Golden Ale) and an extensive menu featuring the legendary Woodhead Pulled Pork Sarm, slow-cooked in Amber Ale (£3.80). The Taproom also hosts live music that showcases local talent. A comprehensive brewing education, with a primer on the South African beer landscape.
Jack Black’s, (HQ) Vlaeberg
Jack Black’s has established itself in the Cape Town community over the years since its opening in 2007, and they have a pretty iron-cast reputation for professionalism on the South African craft beer scene. The brewery focuses on a blend of the traditional with the innovative, with their Brewer’s Lager created in the ‘pre-prohibition’ style of the early 1900s. Others to try include the malty amber ale Lumberjack and the intense, hoppy Skeleton Coast. Though there’s no in-house tour, you can sup Jack Black’s beers at lots of venues across town, including Mediterranean favourite Zest on Beach Road, Gordon Bay.
Woodstock Gin Co. Salt Circle Arcade, Kent St, Woodstock
Don’t miss Woodstock Gin Co.’s unique fynbos-infused South African Gin. Fynbos itself is the heathland vegetation which loves the balmy climate of the Western Cape, and Woodstock Gin has fearlessly experimented with a variety of different botanicals to produce this accomplished product, combining their passion for the native environment with formidable distilling skills. What to expect? A complex but balanced blend of floral, aromatic, citrus and herbaceous flavours, everything from lime and cardamon to rooibos and honeybush. You couldn’t get more authentic South African if you tried.
Beerguevara, Salt Circle Arcade, Kent St, Woodstock
Also tucked amongst the independent boutiques and bookshops of Salt Circle Arcade is Beerguevara, a serious player in the microbrewery scene, with beer recipes reflecting the quirky nature of the surroundings (names like A Quite Naas Spicy Weiss and Bohemian Pilsner should give you an idea). Fancy yourself as a craft brewer? Beerguevara run workshops on the art of making beer, and you’ll get plenty of brews and snacks thrown in. Workshops run on Saturday and Tuesday evenings and cost 280ZAR (just under £12).
Van Ryn’s Distillery, Van Ryn Road, Vlottenburg
OK, so it’s nearer to Stellenbosch than Cape Town and a little older than most of these trendy whippersnappers (circa 1845 to be precise), but with its consistently high standards of both product and service, we couldn’t miss out Van Ryn’s brandy distillery. A 35-minute drive out of Cape Town will take you to their door, where you’ll be greeted for a tour of plush oakwood interiors and the nineteenth century copper pot still, gifted with a brandy and fruit juice combo of your choosing and treated to various award-winning vintages paired with coffee and chocolate. You don’t have to be a brandy enthusiast to enjoy yourself here.
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