I think a visit to Clarens Brewery is obligatory if you find yourself in this small town in the middle of the Free State. With a whole host of beers on tap, as well as some flavoured ciders for those who prefer a sweeter drink (me!), this watering hole is immensely popular with the weekend tourists from Gauteng.
On a recent weekend away, we spent a night in a Castle on the outskirts of Clarens, and after taking a quick stroll around the town, we settled on the busy bar for a late lunch. A lot of the other restaurants were closed, or eerily empty. (I have a sneaky suspicion that Clarens is a bit of a ghost town during the week.)
Clarens Brewery makes their beer on site, and you can see the brew tanks at the back of the restaurant. They will gladly give you a tour and explain the beer making process to you.
Whilst they have many beers on offer, the food menu is small. It’s pretty much sausages, cheese, meatballs, goulash soup and focaccia bread. We opted for the Warm Combo Platter for two (R130) and were presented with a huge board filled with an assortment of german sausages, different cheeses, a selection of breads, some relishes, pickles, gherkins and olives. It was delicious and very filling.
If you enjoyed the beers and ciders they have on offer, you can buy some to take home and enjoy too. I can wholeheartedly recommend the cherry cider.
If Clarens is a bit far to drive to see a Brewpub, check out Copperlake Brewing Co in Broadacres (Joburg). They also have a small brewing area where you can ask questions about the beer making process, and even sign up to brew your own beer.
For the menu, location and more reviews by others, check out the restaurant on Zomato, or visit their website: http://www.clarensbrewery.co.za/about/0