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Lions River Craft Brewery and Beer Garden

Lions River Craft Brewery and Beer Garden

  • You can hire our mobile bar and have our delicious craft beer at your wedding
  • Add a unique element by providing kegs and bottles of our craft beer
  • Something old, something new, something borrowed, something brewed. We offer branded wedding favours
  • Come brew your own craft beer for your wedding at our brewery

About the brewer

Irish born, Ronald McClelland has had a lifelong love affair with beer. His father, also Ronald, had a home brew system, and Ronald (Jnr) has travelled the world tasting beers and visiting breweries. As a young man he spent some time working in a brewery in Switzerland. He started brewing beer as a hobby, using a home-made system, but after locals had tasted it, they demanded that he supply the restaurants and markets around Lions River in the Natal Midlands, where he lives and works as a forester, and also does a fair amount of environmental rehabilitation.

Lions River Craft Brewery

The process and the beer

In 2014 Ronald imported a Speidel Braumeister brewery from Germany, and after much research re recipes and much hard work adapting to the bigger system, he has perfected the techniques, and also perfected and adapted his recipes.

Ronald makes 500 litres of beer at a time, and has four fermenting units, where the temperature is controlled according to beer style. After approximately 13 days, the beer is either bottled or kegged, and then matured under controlled temperatures. Each batch is tested for correctness before being marketed.

Since his beer hit the market in 2015, the brewery has been hard pressed to keep up with the demand. 2018 saw another of Ronald’s dreams come true when he opened his Beer Garden (Lions River Craft Brewery and Beer Garden)adjacent to the Brewery and upgraded the Brewery by adding an automated keg washer, a semi-automated bottle filler, and two 750 litre pressurised jacket brite tanks, including a cooling unit.

Lions River Craft Brewery

The Beer Garden

Ronald loves to share his knowledge as well as the beautiful property upon which his brewery stands. The Lions River Craft Brewery and Beer Garden is open Thursday to Sunday from 11h30 to 16h30 with happy hour every Friday when we are open until 17h30. On the first and third weekend of every month we have live music on Saturdays. The Beer Garden offers:

  • Craft Beer on tap (One guest craft beer per month).
  • Midlands country platter sourced from local suppliers.
  • Picnic baskets for romantic walks to the river.
  • Brewery tours.
  • Beginner brewing days.

So, keep a look out for special events, or meander thru the KZN Midlands to the brewery for a sample of his beer. Want to know more call 033 2344432 (answering service) or email macsas@mweb.co.za. The website is still in the “brewing” stages, but you may follow LIONS RIVER CRAFT BREWERY AND BEER GARDEN on Facebook and Instagram.

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