Visit Newlands Brewery, a landmark in the history of beer-making

Normal Price: R80 | What you get: Single entry

Visit this historic brewery dating from 1800s with preserved buildings and artefacts, food and beer tastings!



  • Produces 9 world famous beers
  • Oldest operating brewery in South Africa
  • Guided tour ends with tasting and complimentary beer after the tour


The Newlands Brewery is the producer of nine world famous beers, and is the oldest operating brewery in South Africa. Embark on a fully guided tour of the brewery and discover its history and gain insights into modern-day brewing methods. Guests learn the fine details of the craftsmanship involved in the beer-making process, before ending the tour with a taste of their hard work. Each guest receives a complimentary cold one from served in the brewery’s historic pub.


At Newlands Brewery, the history also includes wine making, with the land being used for vineyard cultivation in the late 1600s. The farm, then named Questenburg, was then adopted for beer-making because it was located along the banks of the Liesbeeck River, which guaranteed a steady supply of water – the main ingredient of beer. After years of developments, Newlands Brewery is one of the oldest industrial sites in the Western Cape home to great South African beer.

Practical information


Advice to visitors

Leave your car at home if you’re considering this tour. Also, be sure to wear closed, flat, non-slip shoes so there’s no reason you can’t fully involved in the hour-long tour. If you enjoy the brewery tour, it’s highly recommended that you also opt for the Food & Beer Pairing evening. The event covers all the subtleties of how beer complements various foods. Ask your guide how to book for the next event.

Did you know

Apart from its obvious enjoyment as a beverage, beer gained a popularity in the early days because it was believed to prevented scurvy amongst sailors. It was later discovered that a lack of vitamin C was responsible for the disease, but most sailors still held fast to their brewery-made medicine.

  • Monday: 11:00 and 15:00 (Specialty Brewery only)
  • Tuesday – Thursday: 10:00, 12:00 and 14:00
  • Wednesday evenings: 18:00
  • Friday: 10:00, 12:00, 14:00 and 16:00
  • Saturday: 10:00 and 12:00
  • Closed Sunday and local public holidays
  • Booking essential, email or call +27 (0)21 658 7511
  • Website:

Address: 3 Main Road,Newlands, Cape Town, 7700

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