We have introduced a new, exciting one-of-its-kind venue on Long Street, Cape Town and Fourways, Johannesburg. Relax and enjoy our contemporary beer hall with 20/25 taps and our legendary 99 bottles of beer on the wall from South Africa and around the world.
Our emphasis is the curation of craft beer brands and making sure it is served at its optimum condition by knowledgeable and passionate staff. We aim to maintain the highest service standard.
Our food is crafted by an experienced kitchen team to compliment our large beer variety and keep those taste buds stimulated. We see ourselves as a hub for the world beer revolution. We will incubate the ideals of craft through numerous events while supporting the local micro-breweries and giving them a podium to shine on.
We will provide a relaxing, comfortable environment to enjoy the world’s oldest and greatest beverage.
STAY THIRSTY. STAY CURIOUS.
It was bound to happen. The mighty SAB is wading into the broad category of “craft beer” and going to be making ales at their No3 Fransen Street Brewery (which was previously used as a test brewery for their very talented brewers to experiment with other styles), and embracing the opportunity to make a variety of beers. There is a market for it, even if it’s tiny compared to that of good old fashioned lager. In light of their lager sales, SAB didn’t really have to get involved in making ales; but they are, and the SA beer scene will be better for it. The more the merrier after all (especially if everyone’s drinking beer). Three types of Weiss are in the pipeline – Krystal, Dunkel and Honey, along with a Cream Ale, Irish Red Ale and an IPA. Add to that three dark beers including a Porter and you have a large, interesting variety of ales that will help grow the beer category in SA immensely.
By describing their beers as speciality, SAB cleverly circumnavigate the murky waters of “craft”. In their own words, “Each batch is brewed to create tastes that are unique, individual and completely lacking in ordinariness”. Not sure what this says about their core range of lagers, but a lack of ordinariness is always a good thing.
SAB is also eager to create a craft image for their brewery. “In a typical suburb, on a regular street, lies no ordinary brewery. A small batch brewery dating back to 1998, a brewery that was designed with speciality beer in mind, way ahead of its time.” Well not entirely true – Lex Mitchell and crew were brewing up English “speciality brews” since 1982. Yes that’s right – lagers come from supersonic brewery cities that churn out millions of hectolitres while ale is made in small batches in a leafy suburb. Well isn’t that romantic! Such notions have captivated South Africa, and thanks to the Beer Spring we have a lot more beer lovers today than we’ve ever had, with a massive variety of styles to choose from.
It’s worth noting that SAB’s No3 Fransen Street isn’t under-cutting other micro-breweries (as I’m sure they could) with their indomitable economies of scale. They politely suggest the beer be sold at R40. Taking into mind how much it costs to buy in, it is decently positioned. Remember you can get micro-brewed pints of beer at Beerhouse from R25 to R60 so they fit comfortably in the middle. This proves the naysayers wrong – brewers and outlets really don’t rip beer lovers off, ok most don’t there is always bad apples. Good beer isn’t cheap to make and like everything in life quality must come at some cost.
“Craft beer” is a highly subjective phrase, and has caused quite a stir in the last few years in South Africa. For one thing, the word craft is emotive; for another, where exactly does one stop when it comes to classifying it? Must a true craft brewery cultivate its own hops and barley, malt the barley, mill it all, and use cultivated yeast and naturally carbonate? Not many breweries can claim to do this in SA, if any. The words macro and micro are more suited to describing beers’ origins. Using “commercial” to describe macro breweries is nonsense. They’re all commercial. Only those home brewers who share a pint amongst friends with no exchange of money are non-commercial.
Moreover, the word “craft” is often confused with variety. The great variety available to us in SA at the moment is due to the revived interest in ale. Lagers and more specifically SAB lagers have dominated the SA beer landscape for over a century. SAB are a very successful business and for good reason. They make refreshing, cold, “hot country” lagers and they are consistent. Recently people have tried to manufacture a false dichotomy: if you drink “craft” then you don’t drink SAB. In fact, to prove that you are a “craft” beer lover, it’s required that you say nasty things about SAB and pull a face like you’ve just smelt a 30 day-old sandwich in your forgotten lunch box. Just because you drink “craft” beer does not mean you have been ordained with a higher purpose and set on a path of beer evangelism to rescue the non- believer Castle Lite drinkers. Each to their own – let them drink what they enjoy and don’t let it offend you! It’s for the individual to explore the wonderful variety in beer and settle on what suits them.
Welcome No3 Fransen Street to the beer revolution. We look forward to tasting your brews. Proof is in the pudding… and we love pudding!
Stay Thirsty, Stay Curious.
Next months “Meet The Brewer” we will be showcasing a brand new brewery. Woodstock Brewery has been a long time coming and beerlovers around Cape Town have been anticipating sampling there brew. Andre Viljoen, owner and brains behind the venture has been sure to assemble his brewery with the utmost of care and has assembled a fantastic group of brewers with world wide experience to work on his beer recipes. As their name would suggest they are all about sex, drugs and rock& roll synonymous with the debauchery of the 60′s music festival. They also make beer, and there first batches are superb. There aptly named Californicator is a real highlight. At last another American West Coast style IPA to revile the great Blockhouse. Its malt backbone stays with the beer even though the hop bitterness is the star of the show. At 7.2% the Californicator is not for the faint hearted and is sure to be a winner with those who crave a good IPA bomb. There range extends to an accomplished unfiltered Pilsner and a Belgian Amber. We cant wait to taste the beers again and pair it with food for our “Meet The Brewer” Event. Join us and Woodstock Brewery on Monday the 22nd of September for an Q&A with the brewers at Woodstock Brewery, a free tasting of there range and an optional food pairing. Please purchase your tickets for the food pairing at Webtickets
After months of planning and construction, weeks of training and many times the question “when are you going to open?”, we are proud to invite you to our official opening celebration, this Thursday, July 24th, from 8pm at the Beerhouse Fourways, at Pineslopes Boulevard (same complex as Billy the Bum’s & Stones) on Witkoppen Road!
Since opening the first Beerhouse on Long Street, Cape Town in 2013 we were often asked to bring our variety of 99 bottles and 20 taps to Johannesburg. We’re proud to bring Africas biggest beer variety to Gauteng and open in Fourways!
First 25 people to walk in will receive a complimentary bottle of our 999 limited Gold Rush House Brew bottles.
For a chance to WIN ALL 99 BOTTLES, enter your email on Fourways.co.za and share the news with your friends!
If you’re working for media you can get invited to our media launch earlier that day: Please RSVP!
The opening of Beerhouse Fourways is imminent and we have decided to celebrate our Cape Town heritage with our new City of Gold. Two of South Africa’s young and exciting brewers teamed up and collaborated on a unique recipe. Lakeside of Cape Town and SMACK!Republic from Maboneng Joburg joined forces to produce a beer to celebrate the opening of our House of 99 bottles and 25 taps in Jozi. Morne from Lakeside and Andrew & Grant from SMACK!Republic brewed us a Pale Ale using a Mash bill (Grain) of pale, Munich and Caramunich malt. They then added a special experimental South African hop so secret it still has not been given an official name. The J17 hop was introduced for bittering at the beginning of the boil and middle and late into it for aroma. Having the privilege to be at both brew days, it was great to see two very talented brewers at work and see how they used their very different kits and unique styles. Brewers are wonderful creatures as they have the ability to use both right and left sides of their brains with seeming ease. They have to work methodically like a scientist and combine creative flair of an artist.The result of their work is a soon to be limited release, Gold Rush African Pale Ale. A few lucky people have been able to taste this beauty of a beer and the results are a reflection of two breweries that are on top of their craft. Great Job chaps!m
Do You want a sample of both Lakeside & SMACK!Republic House Brew Gold Rush Beers? Media and Beerlovers do you want to join us for the launch of Beerhouse Fourways on Thursday the 24th July?
Please fill out this Online questionnaire for a chance to receive our Gold and an invite to our launch party.
Beerhouse is proud to host Cape Town’s Legendary Home Brew Club, South Yeasters, Beer quiz this Wednesday the 9th. Tickets are limited. You reckon you got what it takes to front up to a beer nerd or you just looking to learn more about the adventures in beerland. Limit tickets starting at 7pm. Football semi-final afterwards at 10pm. Booking essential. Contact South Yeasters Legendary President for tickets email@example.com