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Tuk into these new Franschhoek brews

Tuk into these new Franschhoek brews 11

 Tuk Tuk Microbrewery Entrance

Tuk Tuk Microbrewery along with three other Franschhoek local** creatives are slowly recognizing that Franschhoek is becoming far more than simply a Food & Wine destination following Tuk Tuk’s opening of a state of the art main road micro-brewery in February.

**Beers are also being made in the area by locals Rob Armstrong at Haute Espoir (Ndlovu) Dieu Donne Wine estate and Microbrewery and the soon to open famed chef Reuben’s Franschhoek beer company.

Surprisingly, for the purest town of Franschhoek, Tuk Tuk Brewery of Leeu Collection has been a welcomed and celebrated addition to the town drawing locals for an express beer tasting or bar bite between Lunch & Dinner,

An industrial feel exudes the Tuk Tuk interior with a vaulted ceiling, bare brick walls laden with “Tuk Tuk” inspired art and great use of copper tubing and stainless steel service pipes to creative exposed workings of the naked bulbed light fittings that don the graphite colored ceiling. As well as possibly the most instgrammed bathroom and “taps” of all of Franschhoek.

Tuk Tuk ‘Taqueria” offers a light menu for guests to tuck into whether doing a comprehensive tasting or grabbing a pint. Think nachos, ceviche, and tacos. Definitely seen as an “add on” for me with some of the dishes being hit & miss. The real focus being on the brewing backdrop in stainless steel tanks and the now eight beers on top being the star at this venue, three of which are available exclusively at Tuk Tuk.

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Spiced Churros & Nyangbo Dark Chocolate and Chilli Dipping Sauce (1)

Churros with Chilli Chocolate Sauce

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Chilli & Lime Chicken Wings (2)

Chilli & Lime Chicken Wings

Dewald Goosen - Master Brewer

This high street brewery boasts Six CBC beers and four bespoke, handcrafted Tuk Tuk branded beers, a Lager, Weiss, Dunkel and Pale Ale crafted by the equally delicious brew master Dewald Goosen.

A bloke’s bloke who started as an enthusiastic and successful home brewer and soon became the head brewer of Woodstock Brewery in Cape Town. He gained experience with both micro, as well as up to 3 000-litre brewing plants tutting his way to Franschhoek and  hop‘ing into the role of brewmaster at Tuk Tuk.

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Tuk Tuk Brews & Spiced Nachos, Guacamole, Pico de Gallo & Sour Cream

“The choice of ingredients is the first step to creating exceptional craft beer,” says Dewald.  “Our bespoke brews are made from carefully selected local and imported hops and malts, specially cultured yeasts and crystal clear spring water, regularly sourced from Leeu Estates’ mountain spring.

“We will be creating new benchmarks by experimenting with different ingredients and custom batches and we are eager to welcome you to our little gem of a brewery and invite you to be part of a truly immersive experience.”

If beer is not your thing, there are some Mullineux and Leeu wines as well as the “T&T offering” -a tequila and a spicy tomatino shot, followed by a cooling half-pint of lager.


Tuk Tuk microbrewery | open 7 days a week in “season” | 11h00-22h00 | Contact Tuk Tuk 021 492 2207  

Disclaimer: I attended the Launch of the #TukTuk #NewBrews as a guest of Leeu Collection

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