SOUTH AFRICA: R14-million microbrewery opens in Cape Town

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A R14-million state of the art microbrewery and restaurant opens its doors in Cape Town on Friday 7 December 2001, as part of a R1bn investment into the South African hospitality and leisure industry by the Munich-based Schörghuber Corporate Group.

The 660-seater German style restaurant opens at the Clock Tower in Cape Town's V&A Waterfront just in time for the local summer holidays.

Paulaner, one of Bavaria's largest and oldest breweries takes its first step into Africa after setting up similar microbreweries in the US, Singapore and China.

Arabella SA, the local holding company, has invested heavily in the historic Blaauwklippen winery in Stellenbosch, as well as two luxury hotels - the six star Luxury Collection Western Cape Hotel & Spa near Hermanus and the Arabella Sheraton Grand Hotel in Cape Town.

Brewmaster Wolfgang Koedel is Bavaria trained and this is the third Paulaner microbrewery he has opened beyond Germany's borders.

The brewery, with its two imported copper kettles are able to produce 1,500 litres of beer in one brewing and Koedel is making fresh beer every three to four days.

Working according to Germany's strict Reinheitsgebot purity laws, instituted in 1516, lager and weissbier will be made initially, followed in March with a stronger Salvator dark beer and speciality beers for next year's Oktoberfest.

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