There’s a new kid in town! On the 18th of February Tuk Tuk Microbrewery (the most recent released project of the Leeu Collection) opened its doors to public. This micro beer brewery is situated in Franschhoek’s Main Road, and adds a great, unique new experience to the village. You can go there for serious beer tasting, but also for a social Friday afternoon drink with friends or colleagues, and even stay for snacks/light dinner!
At the moment Tuk Tuk offers several CBC Beers; a Lager, a (seasonal) Harvest Lager, Mandarina Bavaria, the Oktoberfest Beer (seasonal), the Imperial (favorite of the friend I visited the brewery with), Pilsner, Amber Weiss, Krystal Weiss and Red Weiss (seasonal). Later during 2016 Tuk Tuk will release their very own handcrafted beers; a Weiss, Dunkel, Pale Ale and a Lager. I think it is quite special that such a small place as Tuk Tuk in a small wine village as Franschhoek will brew their own beer soon. Having said that, the brewing installation and machines aren’t that small, and very professional. The equipment in the brewery was constructed by a company in Germany, Bamberg. The have over 300 years of experience in the beer brewing business.
You can do either a tasting of three beers (R35), six (R55), or order a full glass of the beer you prefer. For daredevils there is the T&T (R100), you drink a tequila and a spicy tomatino shot first, and finish of with half a pint of lager, to cool down again. Look how beautiful the industrial interior is, with the vaulted ceiling, sandblasted brick walls and all the copper and stainless steel details. Oh yes, and you can even watch Sports, like in a ‘classic’ pub or bar.
For me as not being a beer drinker, I was happy that they also offer a white (Mullineux Kloof Street Chenin blanc) and a red (Mullineux Kloof Street Swartland Rouge) wine by the glass or bottle. They also do gin, brandy, liquer, coffee, Twinings Tea and soft drinks. So most definitely a place for the whole family. Besides drinks their food menu is also tasty. Mexican inspired small bites (average price R85) as ceviche, nachos, tacos and quesadillas. For the sweet tooth there is churros, ice cream and chili crème brûlée (average dessert price R75).
Delicious Mexican inspired food! Loved the guacamole.
I love the copper sinks in the bathrooms, together with the beer ehh, ‘water’ taps!
This all, together with an industrial, stylish interior and a welcoming outside terrace, makes Tuk Tuk a new hotspot in Franschhoek.
So, all beer (and food) lovers, off you go! All make your way to Tuk Tuk.
The Tuk Tuk Microbrewery on 14 Huguenot Street (Main Road, Franschhoek) is open every day from 11.00h to 22.00h
More information can be found on their website.