Gilroy Brewery in Muldersdrift has fast become a well-known gem in Gauteng. Originally located in Roodepoort on the West Rand, it moved to the Ngwenya Glass Village in 2008, and is the perfect place to while away a sunny Sunday afternoon, enjoying a selection of superbly crafted home-brewed ales and delicious food in a friendly beer-garden setting.
At the helm of fine establishment is brew master and beer connoisseur Steve Gilroy, whose cheeky, easy-going and boisterously fun personality has become a hit with patrons. Steve has carried on the age-old tradition (thought to have been started in 1856 by distant relative Alousius Gilroy, renowned brew master of Enniskillen, County Fermanagh, Ireland) of giving the salute, and encouraging patrons to give the salute, to other brewers.
As it says on the Gilroy website: “The salute of the raised mid-digit, or ‘impertinent finger’ if you will, is intended as a worthy challenge to other brewers to brew a better beer. We believe it is an impossible feat.”
All of the unique beers at Gilroy are created by hand on location at Ngwenya Glass Village – there’s a pale ale, a ruby ale, a European larger, and the famous 7.75% alcohol dark ale aptly called “Serious”. All of the Gilroy creations are made the natural way, using 100% natural ingredients in a traditional brewing process that does not use wheat, filtering or pasteurising.
A reasonably priced menu filled with delicious pub fare complements the Gilroy ales, and includes the now famous fish and chips with mushy peas, bangers and mash, as well as a selection of meals created using its beer as an integral ingredient.
Once the guitarist in the South African rock band Suck in 1970 and now having formed the Gilroy Jazz Quintet, Steve welcomes live entertainment at his venue. On most Friday evenings there is an open mic night at the brewery for budding musicians, while on Sunday you can expect to hear anything from blues to rock.
Other facilities and services:
• Saturday morning brewery tour: a beer experience “peppered with insane Liverpool and Irish humour”
• Weekend live music
• Eleven other handcraft production shops on site at Ngwenya Glass Village, including glass-making and a showroom
• Full function hire and services