Newlands Brewery lies in the scenic suburb of Newlands in Cape Town and has a long history of beer making in South Africa. Newlands brewery is owned by South African Breweries (SAB) and offers a fantastic beer experience. Take a guided tour to learn about the 200 year old tradition of beer making and sample some of South Africa’s finest, freshest beers.
The story of beer dates back to the ancient tombs of Egypt and pre-dates the wine industry in South Africa. Newlands brewery began its story on the banks of the Liesbeek River where Pieter Visagie first brewed beer in 1658. In the mid-1800s, Jacob Letterstedt built the original Mariendahl Brewery in Newlands; the country's oldest commercial brewery. Upon his death, Anders Ohlsson was first in a succession of proud brewers to nurture the noble traditions that are enjoyed to this day.
When sab took ownership in 1956, the original old Malthouse, Oasthouse, and Mariendahl Tower Brewery buildings still stood proud and beautifully preserved. In October 1995, they were granted national heritage status and stand as monuments to a proud tradition dating back to 1820.
Visit the Jacob Letterstedt pub, bump into Charles Glass, peruse the memorabilia store, and listen to the renowned stories of yesteryear as you tour one of the most impressive breweries on earth.