Sneeuberg Brewery, Two Goats Deli, Nieu-Bethesda

The Sneeuberg Brewery And Two Goats Deli is a delightful stop in Nieu-Bethesda. This small village is at the foot of the Sneeuberge along the banks of the Sundays River. Take the winding road down into the valley to experience what life used to be like. You will not find an ATM here, nor a petrol station. There are dirt roads, no bridges over the river and all is quiet.

Sneeuberg Brewery And Two Goats Deli
The Sneeuberg Brewery And Two Goats Deli

A few years ago, Dave and I drove along the road from Graaff-Reinet to the Natal coast, over the Sneeuberge. Translated to Snow Mountains, it was very apt the day we went, as we drove through the snow. Luckily for us, the roads were clear in December when we went. And the Sundays River was not flooding, which can happen. As friends had been to Nieu-Bethesda and shared how amazing it was, we decided to take a day trip. For lunch we stopped in at The Brewery And Two Goats Deli.

The beer

The beer is free of preservatives or additives using only malt, hops and natural spring water. Dave had a sample tray of their craft beers (R40) consisting of the three ales and their KPA which is a version of an IPA. The three ales are a crisper more bitter Karoo Ale, a slightly sweeter Honey Ale and a smoky dark Roasted Ale. I chose the apple ale (R35) which is similar to a cider. If memory serves me correctly, my mom had the home-made ginger beer (R20) and between the four of us we shared two cheese platters (R75 per person).

The platter

The cheeses, like the beer, are made onsite. They are produced from raw cow and goats milk using traditional methods. The milk comes from Dexter cattle and Saanen goats which are pasture fed, roaming free in the Karoo veld. We were served a variety of hard cheddars and soft cheeses together with farm-style rosemary bread. There were slices of smoked kudu salami, roasted olives, fresh feta, beetroot jam and pickles. While it might have not looked like enough food, it was plenty for us.

Take a detour

If you ever find yourself in this part of the world, take the detour. Spend the night if you plan on doing more than sampling the beer. There is plenty of accomodation and a great website on what else you can do in Nieu-Bethesda.

Take a look at what was previously posted on Lavender and Lime on June 15:

Dave and I get back from England today. I won’t be replying to comments or reading blog posts until the 17th of June. You can follow our trip by taking a look at our holiday blog.

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