It’s the start of a long weekend today, which means that regardless of your religious orientation, you’ll probably be celebrating. For many, like ourselves, this often involves beer. So instead of buying the usual stock standard varieties, why not try some of these, all brewed in conveniently close proximity to the 031.
1. Robson’s (Shongweni)– Valley of a Thousand Hills- With their signature Durban Pale Ale, Shongweni is a proudly KZN establishment. Their coriander spiced Wheat Beer is a good choice too.
2. Quills– Botha’s Hill- With 5 different brews on offer, all made with local ingredients, Quills is also worth the stop for their range of tasty deli and baked goods.
3. Nottingham Road– Midlands- A well known establishment just off the N3, “Notties” produces a range of ales and lagers. Their “Pig Rig” was a noticeable addition to this years Clarens Craft Beer Festival that we visited in February.
4. Mtunzini Brewery- Eshowe- This undercover home brewery scooped up awards at Clarens this year for its English Bitter. It’s Chilli Blonde Beer was also a favourite- worth a try if you can stomach the hot stuff. We’ll be honest, it’s not commercially available, yet, but we’ll be keeping an eye out, so will keep you posted.
5. Unity Brasserie’s Signature “Cow Bell”– Musgrave- Not technically a microbrewery, but one specific to the 031. The Cow Bell Pilsner is specially brewed by Robson’s for Unity Brasserie in Musgrave. We think it’s delicious.
Okay, so getting hold of these might require some effort, or road tripping, but in the meantime drink a pint at Unity, or pick up some of the rest at Marriott Liquors just off the corner of Marriott/Gladys Mazibuko and Cowey/Problem Mkhize Roads.