After a flight to East London, we drove to Nature View, my brother’s farm between the Fish River and Port Alfred. I can recommend a stay at his B&B perched high on a cliff with terrific views, or at least a stop at the road stall for the lovely meat pies and Doffy’s freshly-baked scones and home-made jam. We had a mouthwatering ‘braai’ that night before journeying further on the Sunshine Coast to my next beer stop: Little Brewery on the River at the charming harbor town of Port Alfred and housed in the oldest historical building in town.
- Nature View Farm Stall
- Nature View Farm Stall Braai
Andrew Ndweba, the very proud brew master, gave me a detailed exposition of the craft brewery process while my tour guests went for a long walk on the white sandy beach nearby. The brewery generously gave me four liter bottles of different brews to sample. These traveled with us to our next destination, Kariega Game Reserve. Since the reserve serves one of their brews, my creative juices were flowing and I decided to do a photo shoot from within my private little swimming pool – a synergy of cool pool water, refreshing bottles of beer and the thorns of the bush for atmosphere. Happy to say – I did not sample all the bottles!
- Port Alfred Buildings
- Port Alfred Andrew Ndweba
- Beer in the pool
Our next stop at a very windy Jeffrey’s Bay was a fascinating one. While Lynne and Jana enjoyed a fish lunch at the beach, I interviewed the manager of Jeffreys Bay Craft Beers. The slogan reads ‘Beer brewed by surfers for surfers’. Bruce Tavenor, himself a surfer, had specific brews in mind, each carrying its own story, e.g. a surfing wave such as ‘Boneyard’ and ‘Supers’. Their business, located in the surfing district of town, is also flourishing and in the process of expanding.
- JayBayCB van
The beer trail got more interesting when we spent the night sleeping under the same roof as the elephants at the Knysna Elephant Park, just outside Plettenberg Bay. The manager of the restaurant invited me back for another stay in 2018 when they would have launched their own microbrewery on the premises. I am also exploring golf clubs and will be visiting some estates, as well as wineries and distilleries next year. If this is work, I am ALL for it!!
- Knysna Elephant Park
- Knysna Elephant Park view from bedroom
The craft beer experience is a far cry from when an old family friend urgently called my first husband and myself one evening to come and help him clean up his flat when his homebrew boiled over. We found him standing in the bath, the only area free from the sticky, syrupy mess!