Cape Town is one of the most exciting tourist destinations in the world. It combines stunning architecture and a pulsating nightlife. The area around the city – and indeed the city itself is one of the most scenic on the globe. The majestic Table Mountain overlooks both the sparkling Atlantic Ocean on one side of the Peninsula where it is situated and on the other side the warm waters of the Indian Ocean lap pristine beaches.
The areas surrounding Cape Town such as Stellenbosch and Paarl (and many oters) have gained an incredible reputation for producing some of the world’s best wines.
But there is another booming industry which is attracting tourists from all over the world – craft beer. Cape Town is quickly building a reputation for having some of the most innovative craft breweries in the world.
So if you want to enjoy a taster of some of these brews – how would you go about it?
There are several tourism related companies that will offer those interested in craft beers in Cape Town the opportunity to enjoy some of the most interesting craft beers on the planet.
These tours can be half day or extend deep into the night and be combined with other experiences of Cape Town nightlife such as the wonderful cuisine of the inner city where there are several restaurants that have achieved world wide acclaim for their cross cultural offerings.
But for those who want to really get into the craft beer experience of ‘The Mother City‘ as it is known to those who call Cape Town – and indeed South Africa home there can be no greater delight than exploring using your own two feet.
Cape Town – at least the city center of Cape Town is a fairly snug environment. It is incredibly easy to get from one venue to another and if you have someone who has a savvy knowledge of the city – and a love for the hops you will find plenty of places that have professionals who will guide you towards some of the best craft beers in Cape Town.
The perfect beer tasting experience is one that combines beer and great food and then throws in some relaxation – and that is the recipe for success of a place known as Banana Jam cafe. A laid back reggae vibe (big in the Mother City) and some exceptional craft beers on tap will provide all the relaxation you will ever need.
Then there’s the Devil’s Peak Taproom. Sit back and admire the massive copper kettles and the incredible menu. There are only the eight beers on tap – but wow – that view from the balcony. Ask nicely and you’ll get that taster that you need to judge the quality of what you want to fill your glass. Try the Black IPA – it is absolutely fantastic.
No mention of the Cape Brewing (and tasting) scene would be complete without a mention of the C.B.C. (Cape Brewing Co.). These folks have simply got it completely right. The Bavaria Mandarina IPA is just perfect for those who want to explore just what an IPA can be – and it’s an absolute certainty that these folks will allow you a series of tasters to get your taste buds in the mood for this nectar of the Cape Peninsula.
It’s not difficult to fall in love with beer in the Cape. The magnificent backdrop and the sheer love of life that it provides all who visit is the spice that makes beer go down that much more easily. Take some time off and just enjoy.