A street or two away from the famous Vilakazi Street strip, this is the home of Soweto Gold, the first township craft beer in South Africa. Soweto Gold was founded by Ndumiso Madlala, who worked as brewmaster at SABMiller for nine years before branching out to launch his own brand.
The Soweto Gold range includes a signature lager as well as fruit-based beers and an apple cider, and it can now be found in many of Joburg’s most popular bars.
On a tour of the microbrewery you can see and sample the ingredients that go into the brews before retreating to the terrace to enjoy a beer tasting accompanied by dishes from the "gourmet township grill" menu. Choices include the "hottest chicks" chicken wings flash-fried with peri-peri and sweet chilli relish, and Apple Ale-basted pork ribs.
The brewery is located at Ubuntu Kraal Brewery, a popular wedding and events venue, and the beer garden has been decorated in retro-township style with antique equipment and vintage photos of South Africa’s cultural heroes lining the walls. Service is friendly and the staff have an impressive knowledge of the brewing process, making this beer garden a great place to while away an afternoon.
Hours: Wednesday to Sunday 10am to 10pm. Closed Monday and Tuesday