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The craft is in the beer

Maxine du Plessis

Sabie Brewing Company has come a long way since it opened its doors on November 28th, 2014. Dark beers, golden beers and cherry beers, each portraying their own unique taste and dedicated to a special part of Sabie’s history.  Not only is Sabie Brewing Company nestled in the beautiful town of Sabie, but the building where Sabie Brewing Company is based has its own special story to tell.

In 1880, Henry Thomas Glynn (1856-1928), known among his friends as H.T., bought the farm Grootvantijn from a P. de Villiers. The farm’s original name was ‘Sabi’ but was later changed to ‘Sabie’. In 1895, gold was discovered and diggers rushed to the area. That same year the Sabie Village was established. The Glynn House was built in 1921, possibly by H.T., as a local trading post.

Over the years, it has gone from trading post to gift shop to restaurant and stood vacant for many months before the building was renovated during 2014 with a state-of-the-art microbrewery, a kitchen and an 80-seater restaurant and pub. Inside the restaurant, guests are able to see the brewery through a large glass window. There are exposed roof trusses and a piece of the original wall built-in 1921.

The bar counter is made from the original Oregon pine flooring from the HT Glynn building. There was even enough wood to make a 10-seater table to complement the other tables inside the restaurant. For those chilly winter days and nights, the fireplace will keep the restaurant warm and cozy.” Susan Waring, manager at Sabie Brewing Company said.

Not only will you find Sabie Brewing Company’s beer in Sabie at the Brewing Company and in local bottle stores and restaurants, but you can also find the delectable beer in selected places in the Kruger National Park.  A visit to Sabie Brewing Company will definitely not disappoint you. They offer a great restaurant with delicious food, freshly produced with ingredients from the Brewing Company’s garden and fresh bread baked with the finest grains and spent malt from the Brewery. A family atmosphere will greet you and the kids can play on the jungle gym whilst the adults enjoy the famous Beer-tasting platters the Brewing Company has to offer. They also offer a selection of wine, catering for everyone.

For those interested in the craft behind the great beer, Sabie Brewing Company offers brewery tours, hosted by FJ Waring and Peter Mabuza, brewers, at R150 per person, including a beer-tasting platter (kiddies are free, but cannot indulge in a beer-tasting platter).

They cater for functions and host special occasions. You will also find them every first Saturday at the Casterbridge Lifestyle Centre. Contact Susan Waring, manager at Sabie Brewing on 013 764 1005 or email manager@sabiebrewery.com. You can also visit them at 45 Main Road, Sabie, Mpumalanga, South Africa where Susan and her staff will make you feel right at home.

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