New to Chartwell Drive, Umhlanga, (where Pintxada Restaurant used to be) The Zululand Brewing Company (ZBC) owned by Tourvest Restaurants and Taverns is welcoming guests for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Check out their tasty menu including breakfast, steak, wraps, salads, bunny chows, gourmet burgers, tapas, desserts and a kiddies menu. The restaurant is sure to be a favourite for after work drinks with their newly introduced “Happy Hour” from Mondays to Fridays (4:30 to 6pm). Available on tap at ZBC you’ll find Tapanga Gold Rum Mixer and Gin Gin I Love You Mixer from the Zululand Distillery, Zululand Pale Ale and of course their flagship beer the Zulu Blonde.
The design is cool and quirky but cosy with a stylish look. Expect contemporary Zulu design with fabrics designed in Zululand, traditional textures, artefacts and colours bringing in 19th Century Zululand architecture. Italian black and white floor tiles, giant Zulu earplugs, a hand drawn map of Zululand, paddle fans and Oregon Pine cladded counters and surfaces. Memory Boxes filled with Zululand mythology and small historical artefacts along with old clocks and the Zulu Blonde “Legend” and “Heritage” art collaborations all creating wonderful talking points and making every inch of the restaurant instagrammable.
The Zululand Brewery is known as the smallest family-owned brewery on the KZN Brew Route (their first brews were produced in a little pool shed). It began in 1997, when the Chennells family founded their own beer company grounded in Eshowe, Zululand where Zulu Blonde was born.
Based some 150km northeast of Durban. The Zululand Brewery has built quite a reputation for itself…. In 2010, Zulu Blonde competing against 50 other international brews was voted the number 1 ale at the JD Wetherspoons International Real Ale Festival and was stocked in more than 800 pubs in the UK.
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Zulu Blonde has been the flagship beer of The Zululand Brewing Company for almost two decades and is only available at selected outlets in South Africa including Quay 4 in the V&A Waterfront and Alba Easy Lounge at the Cape Town and King Shaka International Airport and The George Hotel in Eshowe. Zulu Blonde is an easy drinking session beer. Amber in colour, a crisp somewhat malty blonde Ale. Marginally fruity in flavour with notes of citrus, finished with a purposeful light bitter after taste. “Immediately a person’s mind is ticking: what is a Zulu Blonde, is it a blonde-haired Zulu? But at the same time, they are thinking, you know what, a blonde is a kind of beer.”
The Brewing Process
ZBC use natural ingredients, locally sourced – a perfect recipe of barley, wheat and hops to create just the right taste and aroma for its hand crafted beers. The brewery is capable of producing a maximum of 3 000 litres a month in batches of 300 litres.
Because their brew house is so small they brew up to four times a day just to fill two 150 litre fermentation tanks! Production capacity will be enlarged should we be successful in our bid.