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Are the beers good?

by ccmusic

I will be sping at least a week in Pretoria. I just wanted to know if the local beer was good? Is there a special beer that I should try while there?

Re: Are the beers good?

by Potato-Brigade

I don’t know about any “local” shumba per say but Castle is rather good. Anyway, never mind what’s “good” just try anything for the unique experience. There are some African beers, sold in tetra-pack milk cartons that are sheer poison but must be tried if you want to understand the country. Bring a vomit bag and be daring!

Re: Are the beers good?

by JohanIsWeg

Castle, definitely, Carling Black Label and also try Windhoek Lager (as well as Windhoek Light). You can also give Castle Milk Stout a go.

Re: Are the beers good?

by MichaelDovey

"Johanisweg" is now living in Aussie, but I know for sure that he is missing South African beer. I agree with him fully on the brands to try, and you can get most worlwide popular beer at our local bottle stores. South African Breweries are the 3rd biggest breweries in the world...In the local pubs, Castle draught is also very popular.Black Lable has recently taken over as the top selling beer.Casle had this record previously.

I have lived here my whole life, and have as yet,not tried one of the "Carton Beers"...I am not brave enough.

I am sure you will enjoy your trip



Re: Are the beers good?

by anton64

Of course the best thing about our beer is the price. At ca US$ 1.50 a beer in a restaurant it is a steal compared to just about anywhere else, expect to pay half in a booze shop. Also the sorgum beer refered to is not bad at all if you try the commercial type. Make sure it is fresh though as it is a short shelf life product but it has a clean fresh taste which is different than a clear beer but not unacceptable at all.

Re: Are the beers good?

by DAO

Gotta agree. Castle rocks!

Re: Are the beers good?

by Gili_S

I actually did not like Castle at all and the rest of the time I just avoided it. Hansa Pilsener was much better and Hansa Gold was good as well.
The problem that they are not available everywhere so then thank goodness the Namibian Windhoek lager is also available in most places.

Re: Are the beers good?

by DAO

Yep, Windhoek is good.

Re: Are the beers good?

by Gillybob

Castle's a good choice. So are the Hansa beers already mentioned.

Got to try some Cane and Coke, Klippies and Coke - then go whole hog for a Witsblitz!!!

Re: Are the beers good?

by JohanIsWeg

Good onya Gillybob! Just so that ccmusic know what you're talking about, witblits is an Afrikaans word meaning white (wit) lightning (blits). I think South Africa has just over 100 licensed distilleries. A clear liquid with an alcohol content above 40% and distilled from grapes. Eina!
Mampoer, another Afrikaans word, refers to a liquid derived from fermented and distilled fruits.
Don't drive!

Re: Are the beers good?

by Gillybob

When returning to my second home, I always stock up on Mainstay and Klipdrift - and then I'm a good girl and make it last till my next trip!

Travel Tips for Pretoria


by Androidius

To be honest with you, there's nothing really of interest in Pretoria for the tourists.It is the capital of South Africa, but thats about the only interesting fact about that city.On the positive side it's safer than the rest of the South African cities.

Marabastad, produce market

by kenHuocj

here is the terminus area for those unfortunate ones who travel from far to transfer to other trasport to get to work;
days past, shopping galore as the Shopkeepers of Asian origins were able to speak the lingua franca and 'fanagaloo';
remember apartheid or before 1949, unlegislated discrimination brought about pockets of distictly different meeting places;
a bit run down now, but there is an intersting Hindu temple;
Boom and von Weillight street is the area:
produce markets, retail and wholesale are nearby;
for the adventurous,,,
visit the area, talk and enjoy the exotic snacks
BEWARE of thugs, ruffans and petty thieves ! ! !


by CharleneP

Great atmosphere, nice food, good prices, excellent service and great to meet with friends Starter: Garlic Mozzarella Snails Topped with creamy garlic and mozzarella. Main Meal: Rump Escargot, covered in creamy garlic

Voortrekker Monument

by Yolandam

Build in honour of the Voortrekkers and Zulus who died at the battle of bloodriver. On the 16 December every year a sunbeam shines exactley on Piet Retief's grave who was killed by Dingaan's warriors the 16th December.

Pretoria is not really at...

by local7460

Pretoria is not really at tourist city with very many sites in the city but make a point in getting to the following:

The Voortrekker Monument
The Union Buildings
Church Square (be careful of pick pockets)
Pretoria in October when all the Jacaranda trees are blooming
- The Voortrekker Monument - This large granite edifice which incorporates a museum commemorates the Great Trek. Some 260 steps lead up to the dome where splendid views of the surroundings can be enjoyed.
Open Monday - Saturday: 09:00 - 16:45
Sunday:11:00 - 16:45

The Union Buildings - Designed by Sir Herbert Baker and completed in 1913. Considered by many to be the architect's greatest achievement and South Africa's finest architectural masterpiece. This was the setting for President Nelson Mandela's historic inauguration on 10 May 1994. The buildings are closed to the public, but the spacious, terraced gardens command fine views of the city.


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