48 Caledon St.
Darling Brew is one of the longest established craft breweries in South Africa and has won numerous awards along the way. They brew a large portfolio of beers with a fair number of core brews and seasonal ones. The brewpub is located just on the outskirts of downtown Darling and with it only being an hour from Cape Town, they draw a fair number of visitors for such a small town operation.
nice outside seating at Darling Brew
They have a nice outside seating area and though it was sunny the day we visited, it wasn’t exactly warm and the interior had a nice vibe to it, too. With views of the brewery operations from the ample dining room and a view of their many taps, Darling Brew looks like it can handle large crowds easily.
modern and ready for large groups: Darling Brew
I opted for one of their many tasting flight options, trying the Bone Crusher, Long Claw, Rogue Pony and Blood Serpent. We also got an assorted tapas type platter with some very nice homemade bread.
taster flight, tasty tapas and homemade bread
I then had full pours of their Warlord (an Imperial IPA) and Arrowhead (an Imperial Stout) and we split a pulled pork sandwich.
Warlord, Arrowhead and a pulled-pork sandwich
About the only downside of Darling Brew was it wasn’t right in the very center of town. Though it was theoretically walkable from our B&B, it was out in an industrial type area and it didn’t feel entirely safe walking there. We turned back en route and went back with the car so my wife wasn’t able to drink. It was a shame as there weren’t many places in town to eat and we’d have eaten there every night if it were more convenient. Oh, the hours are a bit limited, too so I guess eating there at night wouldn’t be an option anyway! Another option is to stop by the brewery and pick up some beer to go. We bought a four-pack of their award-winning Black Mist to enjoy back at the B&B.
Style descriptions and reviews of beers drunk at links below:
Core beers: Slow Beer, Bone Crusher, Gypsy Mask, Blood Serpent, Pearl Rose, Rogue Pony
Seasonals: Pixie Dust, Black Mist, Thunderbird, Long Claw, Rooibok, Godfather, Silverback, Warlord, Sun Gazer, Arrowhead