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Pienaar & Son: Crafted for Free Spirits


A trend that is definitely not going anywhere in 2017:

Artisan Spirit Distillery and a Capetonian love for Craft Gins

The name says it all, Pienaar & Son is a small craft distillery in the center of the Cape Town City Bowl run by a father and son team both of which have backgrounds in Chemistry.

Andre Pienaar (son) studied a BSc degree in Chemistry and Biochemistry and his Father is a master mind when it comes to designing distillation equipment and is also, a qualified chemical Engineer.

A stones throw from Parliament, at the end of a cul-de-sac this tiny distillery goes about its business finding fresh ways of creating and introducing people to quality, modern spirits.

Although they more than appreciate traditional methods and the history of distillation, the adage that ‘older is better’ could not be further from our opinionated truth.

This blanc industrial-esque space includes open plan access to the distilling process, exposed raw wood & structural beam and on of course trend foliage to boot.

Be sure to say hello to the sweet lab named Bear too, he can be found laying around the store on most days.

Pienaar & Son distill three boutique spirits:


A unique gin made from South African maize, infused with botanicals that have been carefully selected to pay homage to the Eastern spice trade that influenced Cape Town culture and cuisine alike. A refreshing, uninhibited gin packed with spice and citrus. Sweet vanilla and mandarin orange notes complement the fiery Cassia, Ginger and Allspice in this truly bold and inspired gin.


Made from South African maize and infused with botanicals that have been carefully selected to pay homage to those who first brought gin to the shores of Cape Town. This beautifully balanced, dry English-style gin is positively brimming with flavour. From the fresh hints of citrus to the comforting earthy, pine notes of Juniper and Angelica, it is the refreshing signature cucumber that makes this gin a deliciously fruity, yet complex experience.


A beautifully crafted vodka made from South African maize, expertly distilled in our one-of-a-kind steady state still in the heart of the Cape Town City Bowl. A smooth and vibrant spirit wrapped in the nostalgia of family and legacy. This vodka represents clarity, simplicity and integrity.

PHOTOGRAPHY Greg Fell and Adriaan Louw

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  • Dominique Riemer
    January 7, 2017 at 10:03 am

    There are just too many Gins coming out at the moment we cant keep up!