Even amongst the vines, there is beer

Though South Africa is more noted for wine, beer remains its number one alcoholic drink and with craft beer on the rise, the palates of the wine region even turn to it for a departure.

Tuk Tuk Brew

Tuk Tuk Brew is a modern brewpub in downtown Franschoek that serves up finely crafted beers and is a real find for those perhaps tired of the area's noted wines.

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Tuk Tuk Brew IPA

Tuk Tuk IPA is a fine example of the style and if you're a bit tired of wine when in Franshoek, a stop at Tuk Tuk is a must.

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Tuk Tuk Brew Dunkel

Tuk Tuk Dunkel is a truly fine example of Munich Dunkles with some roast and chocolate notes in the mix.

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Mitchell’s Forester’s Lager

Mitchell's Forester's Lager is a very light beer so perhaps nice for someone very new to craft beer. It's relative lac of flavor might be appealing to newbies and I must say, it did have a nicer and drier finish than many beers in its category.

Sedgefield Craft Beer Brewery

Sedgefield Craft Beer Brewery is a worthwhile stop if on the Garden Route. Their Porter & IPA are top notch.

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Sedgefield India Pale Ale

Sedgefield IPA is a classic of the style, beautifully hoppy and soft. The citrusy palate and long dry finish are moreish.

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Sedgefield Porter

Sedgefield Porter is a classic of the style, beautifully dark and soft. The roasty palate and long dry finish are moreish.

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Cape Brewing Company Amber Weiss

Cape Brewing Company's Amber Weiss is fine example of the style and a smooth drinking brew those new to craft beer should find appealing.

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Urban Brewing Dungeons Stout

Urban Brewing Dungeons Stout is a heavy contemplative brew best reserved for an evening of sipping. Black with a tense tan head, this is one beer that aims to please the most selective palate.