the beer merchant

I’ve never liked beer. Until recently, that is. My first craft beer tasting led to a second and suddenly my taste buds were cheering and I had a whole new perspective on what is arguably South Africa’s national drink. It is also why The Beer Merchant is now something I mention with a lot more excitement than I would have a few months ago.

The go-to guys for local craft beer and micro brews, and imports of the popular and rare varieties, they distribute, hold beer education and workshops and offer The Beer Box, made up of 16 craft beers (local, imported or a mixture of the two; your choice). Then there’s their bar upstairs at the V&A Market on The Wharf: 40 different beers, including four on tap and sublime food choices as tasty accompaniment. It’s like a whole new world has opened up for exploration.

The Beer Merchant also hosts events and festivals, like the one happening this Saturday, where they’ve teamed up with Van Hunks for a day of beer, burgers and the Boks. There will be 20 craft beers up for tasting, a burger on the house, and the Boks will be playing at 5, of course. All for just R150-00. Tickets are available at Van Hunks or The Beer Merchant, or via Quicket. Alternatively you can email

Be there.

Upstairs @ V&A Market on the Wharf

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