Bosheuvel EstateHillcrest EstateDe Vry Distillery are some of several farming operations that include craft brewing on the sidelines. Alongside Pinzgauer stud cattle, sorghum fields, vineyards and dairy, craft brewing is an additional revenue stream and attraction. We provide the reader with a short chapter, an overview, on this sector. As usual, we list sources and role players from which you can find out more.

Local business environment

The growth in craft breweries has been attributed to, amongst other things, “localism (in terms of brewing setting and sourcing of ingredients)”, “naturalness and sustainable production methods”, and the “social context of consumption” e.g. festivals, sports events, craft beer tasting at brewpubs or local markets (BFAP, 2017). That craft beer is usually more expensive than mass-produced beer is a deterrent for growth. Nonetheless, it is forecast to grow at more than 3% a year between 2019 and 2024 (Botha, 2019). The value of the South African craft beer market is estimated at R1,4 billion (Botha, 2019). The bulk of craft breweries are in the Western Cape, followed by Gauteng.

Source: The Farmer’s Weekly article by Lindi Botha and BFAP Baseline Agricultural Outlook 2017-2026 p 51.

Role players

 

Some craft beer breweries

www.craftbeerspotter.co.zahttps://craftbru.com and http://brewmasters.co.za list hundreds of craft beer breweries

 

Other craft brewing

  • De Vry Distillery Tel: 082 944 9290 www.devrydistillery.co.za Grain-based (sorghum) gin, vodka and brandy. Find the Snedorf article (July) under “Websites & publications” heading.
  • Drifter Brewing Company Tel: 065 988 8831 www.drifterbrewing.co.za In addition to craft beers, a buchu gin and tonic is produced
  • Inverroche Distillery Tel: 028 754 2442 http://inverroche.com/za Craft gins made from fynbos. See Bizcommunity article under the last heading dated 2017, August 14.
  • Jorgensen’s Distillery Tel: 021 864 1777 www.jd7.co.za Locally grown juniper berries, fynbos and other local plants are used to make gin. See the Harvey article.
  • Loxtonia Cider Tel: 023 004 0930 www.loxtonia.co.za
  • Sugarbird® Cape Fynbos Gin www.sugarbirdgin.com Find the Snedorf article (September) under “Websites & publications”.
  • Windermere Cider Tel: 011 051 9463 / 083 722 1099 www.windermerecider.co.za a pure apple cider recipe with no sugars, preservatives or additives

 

Other role players

Websites & publications

 

  • Order online at www.arc.agric.za, call 012 842 4017 or send an email to stoltze [at] arc.agric.za for the following publications, available from the ARC Agricultural Engineering: (i) Agro-processing of fermented beverages –Beer (ii) Agro-processing of fermented beverages – Wine (iii) Agro-processing of distilled beverages –Whiskey & Brandy (iv) Agro-processing of regional and traditional fermented beverage.

Directories of craft beers:

 

Some international sources

 

Some articles

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