The story of beer dates back to the ancient tombs of Egypt and pre-dates the wine industry in South Africa.
Our story began on the banks of the Liesbeek River where Pieter Visagie first brewed beer in 1658. In the mid-1800s, Jacob Letterstedt built the original Mariendahl Brewery in Newlands. Upon his death, Anders Ohlsson was first in a succession of proud brewers to nurture the noble traditions and whose legacy is enjoyed to this day.
On the playing fields of Newlands, history and the record books keep being re-written. And every sip of the way, our legendary beers have stood testimony to the fact that when you spend so much time practicing, you eventually get rather good at it.
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