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Local and lekker – Taste the difference in South African beer

Local and lekker – Taste the difference in South African beer

Craft beer is made using traditional brewing methods, which result in distinctive flavour profiles. What sets Cape´s craft beers apart is that they contain 100% natural ingredients and no additives, preservatives, thickeners or stabilisers; they take longer to brew, and the breweries don’t cut corners to save money, at the expense of quality and taste.

The development beer in South Africa was influenced by European settlers who brought know-how of brewing to the country. Dutch and British immigrants each contributed in different ways to the history of beer in South Africa.

Too frequently, however, the local influence is overlooked. Sothos, Zulus and Xhosas already brewed forms of sorghum and maize beer long before the Europeans came to South Africa. "Umqombothi" (in Xhosa), for example, is a traditional beer brewed in the Eastern Cape.

Today, the South African beer market is controlled by South African Breweries (SABMiller), the second largest brewery in the world. Except for imported beers, all the major brands in the country are owned and produced by SAB.

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