Brewing in the Cape


Meanwhile in 1899 the South African Breweries challenged the formidable Ohlsson’s for the Cape market by the purchase of the Martiensen Brewery in Queen Victoria Street, Cape Town.  Then, while Castle began making inroads into what had been almost entirely ‘Lion country’ work was begun on the erection of the new Castle Brewery in Woodstock.  This Brewery was to be sited alongside the new railway line as an advertisement for Castle Beer – a sort of early billboard.  The Castle Brewery was completed in 1901, designed by New York architect H. Steinmann and was opened on the 1st April 1902, several setbacks to its completion, being caused by the Second Boer War.





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