This magnificent estate is situated in the Western Cape. Birkenhead Brewery is the first wine and craft beer estate in the Southern Hemisphere.
Birkenhead Brewery was established in 1998 and is situated on Walkerbay Estate, a farm just outside Stanford in the Western Cape. The brewery is named after the HMS Birkenhead, a ship that sank in Gansbaai in 1852. Many of the men on the ship died to save the lives of the women and children aboard, and many of the survivors eventually settled in Stanford. This unfortunate event inspired the brewery’s name, honouring those who sacrificed their lives for the lives of others.
The country estate is home to a vineyard, a winery, a microbrewery and a water bottling plant. While the brewery has changed hands since its inception, the quality of its beer has not, and Birkenhead’s head brewer has continued to brew beer with the same heart and passion as that of the brewery’s original brewmaster, Andy Mitchell.
Birkenhead Brewery’s range of beer includes a pilsner, honey blonde ale and a chocolate stout. The premium lager is the brewery’s original beer and head brewer Benson Mocuphe’s favourite Birkenhead beer. The brewery’s fantastic range of beer is available in 340ml bottles. Other beers brewed include the Laughing Croc – a beer with tropical fruit and caramel malt aromas – and the Birkenhead Pride Old English Ale.
Travellers can enjoy a tour of the in-house brewery, as well as wine and beer tasting. After all of this, travellers can enjoy a delicious meal at Walkerbay Estate’s family restaurant, which boasts spectacular views of the Klein River Mountains. Guests can sit outside at one of the restaurant’s picnic tables, or inside next to a warm fireplace. Birkenhead Brewery is a must-visit for beer enthusiasts on holiday in the Western Cape.