Summer in Cape Town is in full swing. A trip to Franschhoek is possibly one of the most enjoyable and beautiful day (or weekend) excursions, I simply love it. Tuk Tuk Microbrewery opened its doors late winter this year, and as cosy as it was inside on a winter’s day, as pleasurable is it outside on a balmy summer’s day.
The microbrewery, a collaboration between Leeu Collection the Cape Brewing Company (CBC), is a small but tastefully furnished industrial-like space, with its own warm and unique touches. Sit on the outside terrace overlooking Franschhoek’s main road and enjoy one of their four Tuk Tuk craft beers made on site, as well as a selection of four CBC top brews, made at their state-of-the-art plant at Spice Route.
The choice of ingredients is their first focus to creating exceptional craft beer. Each bespoke brew at Tuk Tuk is made from carefully selected local and imported hops and malts, specially cultured yeasts and clear spring water, regularly sourced from Leeu Estates’ mountain spring. Even better, the brewery offers a menu of Mexican-themed fare, including ceviche, nachos and tacos. The perfect accompaniment to quality beer.
Visitors can also try the tasting menu of four Tuk Tuk or CBC brews; alternatively, a tasting of eight for the mighty beer enthusiasts. The two tasting options allow you to sample the range of aromas and flavours in each craft beer.
For the even more adventurous, we recommend you try the T&T, a tequila and a spicy tomatino shot followed by a cooling half-pint of lager. Not for the faint hearted.
End your meal with churros and a happy heart. Tuk Tuk is another unique gem to add to Franschhoek’s already brimming food and wine offering. Beer is now a welcome additon to the list.
Photography Bernard Myburgh Words Lisa Wallace