Results 1 — 30 of 89 · South African Breweries · 1.Black Eagle Brewing Company · 4.Dreher Premium Lager beer was launched in South Africa that same year and, in recent years, the company has made a number of innovations in the categories of spirit drink coolers and apple beer. One of the key figures in the history of Newlands and in the annals of the history of South African beer brewing was the Swedish Anders Ohlsson, who set sail for Africa at the age of 23 in 1864. The company's first international company was in 1910, when it founded Rhodesian Breweries in Southern Rhodesia, now Zimbabwe. Pints of local beer aren't always accompanied by an idyllic view, but they are accompanied by something more typical of the cool image of craft beer: the opportunity to explore the most promising neighborhoods in South Africa's most bustling cities. In 1955, the South African government introduced a heavy tax on beer products, which caused many consumers to switch to spirits.
In 2004, a new company known as brandhouse was established in South Africa through a joint venture between Diageo, Heineken and Namibia Breweries. In 1998, SAB had an approximately 98 percent share of the South African beer market and was considered to be one of the lowest cost beer producers in the world. Although SAB (then called Castle Breweries) established South Africa's first pub in 1896, it didn't begin investing heavily in the service sector until 1949, when an aggressive expansion involved an investment of about 4.5 million pounds sterling in hotels and bars, as well as additional brewing facilities. The company that allowed SAB Lager to produce and distribute Amstel Lager beer in South Africa was canceled, ushering in a new era of competition for the industry.
In South Africa, brewing licenses will only be issued in certain areas, which explains why industrial zones have become popular brewing centers. SABMiller, the second largest brewing company in the world (which will soon be absorbed by the largest in the world, AB InBev) is headquartered in South Africa and controls around 90% of the local market. A year later, the company bought its two main competitors, Ohlsson's and Chandlers Union Breweries, which were struggling with falling beer demand, and the group was renamed South African Breweries. It may seem like a small facility, but by South African standards, Jack Black's new brewery is significant in size.
This year, on IPA Day (August 4th), some bars in Cape Town (South Africa) will offer more than 25 India Pale Ales per barrel. The country's first microbrewery, Mitchell's Brewery, opened in 1983, and while its founder, Lex Mitchell, is sometimes referred to as the “godfather of South African craft beer,” it would be a couple of decades before the craft beer concept really took off. When Glass medic, an American windshield repair and replacement company, was acquired in 1990, the South African parent company merged the subsidiaries under the name Belron International.