Try these watering holes in and around the CBD for an authentic beer-tasting experience, and a refreshing alternative to mass produced lager this summer.
Woodstock Brewers Co-Op
Owned by 14 brewers with day jobs and a shared passion for beer this brewery and tap room offers a changing selection of reasonably priced beers produced in small batches. Great for new beers you’re unlikely to have heard of. They also host quiz nights, food pairing evenings and other events. Try the Rambunctious Rye or one of the experimental beers.
Thursday 17:00 – 21:00, Friday 17:00 – 22:00, Saturday 11:00 – 15:00 • 135 Albert Road, Woodstock
This hole-in-the-wall pokes fun at the hipster culture associated with craft beer, focusing on the beer rather than the image - ironic for a boutique brewery in an art gallery in Woodstock’s design district. Although there’s only a handful of beers don’t underestimate this award-winning microbrewery. Try their flagship pale ale or their mocking Tears of the Hipster. If you like them, you can buy some to take away.
Wednesday 14:00 – 18:00, Saturday 11:00 – 15:00 • 139 Albert Road, Woodstock
On the ground floor of trendy Wembley Square, this microbrewery in the middle of the city is a popular hangout with a relaxed atmosphere, offering tasty blonde, amber and pale ales. They host Thirsty Thursdays and Free Beer Fridays, as well as takeaways.
Monday to Friday 10:30 – 17:30 • Wembley Square, Solan Road, Gardens
This small, new microbrewery in Woodstock has four beers on offer as well as party kegs. Try their Cape Town Blonde for a light, blonde ale or Scallywag for something bitter and much stronger.
Friday 17:00 – 21:00 • 156 Victoria Road, Woodstock
Beerhouse on Long
With an impressive selection of 20 beers on tap and 99 bottled varieties, this beer hall has quickly become an institution, helping small unknown beers reach the world. The menu helps you to choose based on aroma, flavour and strength. If you’re still undecided, try the Beer ‘o Clock tasting board. They have a wide range of food with suggested beer pairings, and host quiz and comedy nights, live music and silent discos as well as Free Beer Fridays. With a balcony overlooking Long Street, it’s the perfect spot for the uninitiated or the aficionado seeking their new favourite brew.
Daily 11:00 to late • 223 Long Street, Cape Town
With its stylish, modern design, this microbrewery offers an authentic tasting experience against the visual backdrop and aroma of shiny kettles with freshly brewing beer. With a small selection, it is fast gaining recognition for their hop-heavy IPAs, notably Riot Valve. A trendy venue for private functions or you can hire a party keg for your house party. Happy hour is from 17:00 to 18:00 on Fridays with two for the price of one.
Friday 16:00 – 22:00, Saturday 10:00 – 14:00 • 145 Sir Lowry Road, The Palms Terrace, Woodstock
This popular microbrewery in the heart of Woodstock offers ten year-round, seasonal and new and experimental varieties, many stocked in outlets throughout the country. They also offer insightful tours about the brewing process and form part of the Woodstock Grill and Tap, so you can pair your choice with a sizzling steak. Try their Californicator IPA or Happy Pills German-style pilsner.
Monday to Saturday 11:30 – 22:00 • 252 Albert Road, Woodstock