Gambrinus, King of Beer greets visitors
who are waiting to either take a tour
or have a meal.
The entrance to “The Tap Room” restaurant and bar…
As if you needed to know that…
I think these say it all.
The menu is a simple one,
and the burger that I had was was done to perfection.
They also do fish dishes, toasted sandwiches and desserts.
There is a two beer limit at the bar
as SAB wants to promote responsible drinking.
Their entire range of beverages are on offer, including soft drinks and juices.
I wonder how many times this old National cash register rang up a coin of the realm.
Now it stands quietly on the corner of the bar.
A tribute to the past, rather than a participant in the present.
There is a wrap-around balcony that can be accessed from “The Tap Room”.
From here guests can enjoy panoramic views of the Johannesburg skyline
as well as the iconic Hillbrow Tower in the distance
After lunch, I decided to wander through the museum.
There are regular tours that visitors can join and the guides
are able to fill in all the details of this brew that has been with us
since the time of the ancient Egyptians
One of the many exhibits that form the story of beer through the ages
There are display cases where you can learn about aspects of beer.
Each of these offers a different aspect of the beverage.
Our you can find out the story behind this Friar…
The African Lion pub…
This display bar in the museum harks back to the heady gold rush days of Johannesburg,
when men were men and the beer flowed like water.
The piano in the corner plays a variety of tunes when visitors walk in.
Another one of the exhibition spaces in the museum.
If you are going to be lifting heavy stuff,
you are going to need a really BIG hook and tackle
From the outside looking in…
Peering into the enormous Wort Kettle that stands as a proud tribute
to brewing over the decades
Some of the brass fittings on the sliding door that allow access to the kettle.
It is with these…together with other ingredients,
that the brew-master makes his magic.
There is a small greenhouse within the museum that grows
all the ingredients required to make beer.
Not large enough for a commercial batch,
but perhaps a small personal brew?
Beer certainly forms part of our indigenous South African culture.
And here you can see some of the implements used in the making of
and enjoyment of this golden liquid.
It is here that you can also taste the traditional beers,
which might not suit a European palate,
but are certainly popular with the locals.
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