Tour of Alrode Brewery
The World of Beer’s Alrode tour is unlike anything you’ve experienced before. It combines a visit to 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 9.30am and are then whisked off to Alrode at 10am to experience the brewing process in action. The shuttle then returns to the World of Beer for a shortened beer tour, followed by a delicious lunch in our Tap Room at 1pm. The entire experience lasts from 9.30am to 2pm.
Our tours to Alrode run once a month on a Saturday and need to be booked in advanced. Our confirmed tour dates up to July 2017 are 11 March, 8 April, 13 May, 10 June and 15 July. Contact us today to book your spot.