Do you like beer? No? Me neither. Should you still go on Newlands Brewery tour? Absolutely!
So since the other half went on the tour and he came back with a certificate!!! I was like, I HAVE to go. I also want a certificate (goodie bags and certificates… they’re like stamp collecting for me). He then went on another tour without me! And I was like, NO I have to go.
Then I found a post on their Facebook offering half price on Wednedays. What’s better than half price anything??!!
Luckily they had a tour starting at 6pm, so we could go as soon as I finished work, brave the traffic into Newlands and get rewarded with beeeeeeer (says the one who doesn’t even drink the stuff). We arrived and met our very friendly tour guide, Morgan, who instructed us to get kitted out in the sexiest gear ever (not really). You get an orange bib, goggles – although this is where my fialing eyesight saved me as I simply kept my glasses on – a lanyard with the rules and safety guidelines printed just to remind you, and a super cool headset. Once we were properly dressed, we got quite an interesting lesson on the history and workings of the brewery.I love that the history is so important to them, and that they haven’t forgotten the people who started the magic of their beer.
From there we went through the brewery, seeing the boiler room, the tanks where the beer sits to ferment etc, and the packaging room – for some reason this was my favourite part – and finally we made our way to the pub, where a delightful array of SAB beers were set out for us to taste. Again, I’m not a beer drinker, but according to my fiance I couldn’t have the full experience unless I completely emptied my tasting glasses, and not one to back down from any sort of drinking challenge, I did it! Even the chocolate milk stout and Oh Em Gee was that not the nicest thing I’ve ever tasted (only because I don’t drink it).
After the tasting, we used tokens that we had been given at the start of the tour to taste other beers in the pub – you can’t use money, only tokens. I tried their very own ale from their new microbrewery called Passionate Blond, which I did actually enjoy. The fiance tried that and their other beer, Mountain Weiss, which I found way too bitter. We had the third ale from the microbrewery, Jacobs Pale Ale as one of the tastings, and I don’t know who Jacob is but I’m not a fan of his Pale Ale. But again this all comes from a wine and brandy drinker.
Even though the actual beer part wasn’t my scene, the tour itself was a great experience, to learn the history of the building, the working of the brewery and all about South African Breweries in general was enlightening. You can see that the beer is made with passion. One thing I absolutely loved was all the posters around the brewery, these had facts and little sayings and you can see that the company is about more than just beer and money.
The staff as well, everyone was super friendly and the vibe in the pub was like visiting a small town local, with people you see every week.
Definitely something to try at least once, although somehow I didn’t get my certificate…. So I’ll be going back.