Some of you might already know that the Cederberg now has a brewery. Cederbrew, womanned (see what I did there?) by sisters Melanie and Tania Nieuwoudt, propelled itself on to the scene in style, with their Chubbyhead Stout ranking in the top 10 craft beers nationwide at the 2014 Craft Championships.
But it might come as a surprise that the Nieuwoudts are not the only brewers up there in the mountains. Just up the road, a second brewery is about to launch. Based at the superb Cederberg Winery (yes, I do sometimes drink wine), The Cederberg Brewery sees winemakers Alex Nel and David Nieuwoudt (pretty much everyone in the Cederberg is a Nieuwoudt after all) turning their well-practiced winemaking hands to beer.
The Cederberg Brewery is launching with two beers – Boggom (a blonde ale) and Voertsek (IPA) and upgrades are in place to build what will certainly be one of the country’s most scenic taprooms.
Down a winding dirt road (well, another winding dirt road – there are almost as many of those as there are Nieuwoudts in the Cederberg) you’ll find Cederbrew, based on the family farm, Kromrivier. Here, on a small system designed by Melanie, the two sisters are brewing a weiss, an English pale ale, a lager and experimenting with a few other styles as well, of course, as producing their much-lauded stout.
There are few places as pretty as the Cederberg to enjoy a pint and luckily, both breweries have accommodation avaialble – Kromrivier has simple chalets and campsites right on the property, while you could easily walk from The Cederberg Brewery to Sanddrif, which also has campsites and cottages. You do not want to be driving back along those roads after a a tasting. But you do want to be sipping a nice cold beer as you sit outside your cottage/tent, watching the sun turning the mountains a shade of orange that I like to think of as amber ale-coloured…