Brauhaus Am Damm

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BrauHaus Am Damm is only about 60km from Hartbeespoort on the outskirts of Rustenburg on the R24 and is one of the few Lager craft breweries in South Africa. Sitting on the deck one has a panoramic view of the Magalies mountains and the dam from which the brewery gets his name.

The brewery originated in Hattingspruit, KwaZulu Natal as Farmer’s Brewery where German expat Otto Martin setup the brewery in 1993. This is where they gave birth to the lovely Farmer’s Draft. In 2009 the Farmers Bewerry closed it’s doors for the last time. Walter and Christine, along with the brewer Imke Pape reincarnated the brewery on the 10 hectare farm outside Rustenburg at the Olifantsnek Dam with a grand new setting which includes a fancy 1000 litre brewing system which the brewer callas “the Rolls Royce of breweries”. In November 2011 the Brauhaus am Damm opened its doors serving German-styled beer and food.

Brauhaus am Damm brew all their beers, with the exception of the Weiss beer, according to the Reinheitsgebot or German Purity Law. The law has been passed in the 16th century, stating that only water, barley and hops can be used to make beer. The brewers in those days did not know about yeast and that’s why it never made it to the list.

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They have 4 beers on tap. There was Lager to the left of us, Pilsner to the right: we were stuck in the middle again!!

Of all the South African craft brewers who brew lagers, I must admit, the Farmer’s Draft must be one of the better ones we tasted so far. True to the description on the menu, it was light on the palate with a crisp, dry, pleasantly soft finish.

We have never been friends of the Pilsner style and I am convinced that the saying ‘to leave a bitter taste in your mouth’ must have originated from a Pilsner drinker. I would much rather lick a piece of aloe – at least the bitter taste will go away eventually. Brauhaus am Dam’s Pilsner is true to the style and what felt like minutes after my first taste, the bitterness still lingered in my mouth.

The Dunkel was another one of their beers which we thoroughly enjoyed. The slight coffee taste and the taste of roasted malt was prevalent and made the beer really enjoyable! Enjoyable enough to order a second pint!

The last beer on the list was the Weiss. Again a type of beer that we are not huge fans of. To us, the beer was unpalatable with an astringent medicinal, herbal aftertaste. If you drink Jagermeister a LOT, you might enjoy this beer.

They have a half-half option where you can mix some of the different types of beer. That is not something I felt like doing. Why spoil a perfectly good beer?

Enjoy your Beer on Saturdays at an unbelievable price of only R18/liter between 17:00 – 21:00.

This brewery is well worth a visit.

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Brewer: Imke Pape
Location: On the R24 at Olifantsnek Dam, near Rustenburg
Province: North West

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