Tour of Alrode Brewery
The World of Beer’s Alrode tour is unlike anything you’ve experienced before. It departs from the World of Beer with a trip to SAB’s Alrode Brewery, the largest brewery in Africa and, until very recently, the largest in the southern hemisphere.
Alrode Brewery was established in 1965 and was taken over by SAB in 1971. In the beginning it had a total installed capacity of just 380 000 hectolitres per year, but today boasts a whopping capacity of 8.8-million hectolitres per year, amounting to 28% of SAB's 31.4-million hectolitre capacity in South Africa. It has three Steinecker brewhouses on site (two 660-hectolitre brew length and one enormous 1 500-hectolitre brew length), 96 fermentation vessels, 60 maturation vessels, three filters and 26 bright beer tanks (the tanks in which beer is placed so that it can mature, clarify and carbonate). Suffice to say: this is brewing on a massive scale. You've got to see it to believe it.
The programme for the Alrode tour is as follows:
Visitors arrive at the SAB World of Beer at 9am and are then whisked off to Alrode at 9.30am to experience the brewing process in action. The shuttle then returns to the World of Beer for a delicious lunch, consisting of steak, wors, potato salad, pap and chakalaka and two drinks, in our Tap Room at 12.30pm. The entire experience lasts from approximately 9.30am to 1.30pm.
Tickets cost R370 per person and include transfers to and from the brewery, a snack pack on the bus, an SAB trade brewer guiding you on the tour, safety gear for the brewery, a pub lunch and two beers.
Tours to Alrode are organised on request and need to be booked in advance.
Please note that you have to wear closed, comfortable shoes and those with long hair must tie it back.
Unfortunately the tour is not accessible to those in wheelchairs or making use of walking aids and no under 18s are permitted (including infants).
Should you wish to book an Alrode tour for a private group (a minimum of 20 people and a maximum of 30), contact us to enquire about availability.