Award winning actor, producer and filmmaker, Thapelo Mokoena, adds brewer to his long list of credentials.
He partnered with one of South Africa’s leading black owned craft and lager breweries and relaunched Ukhamba Beerworx.
The company is co-owned by Lethukuthula Tshabangu, Noluyanda Roxwana, Toko Mokoena and Thabiso Ratshefola.
It was founded in 2014, and its restaurant offering Ukhamba Beerworx Taproom opened its doors to the public last month.
The company’s goal is providing a local brewery that brings a fresh and bespoke selection of craft beers and lagers for local and visiting beer lovers.
It boosts a rich culture and flavoursome ‘Shisanyama’ style restaurant based at 53 Claremont Road in Cape Town.
The vibrant restaurant is designed to deliver a full cultural experience which includes locally crafted lagers, bespoke craft beers, a selection of ciders and some exclusive local wines, which will be accompanied by mouth-watering and authentic African cuisine.
“Ukhamba Beerworx Taproom is meant to deliver an authentic 360-degree experience, giving Capetonians and tourists the opportunity to enjoy the best of both worlds. Our exciting locally brewed beers and lagers, together with a decadent African style menu, which they traditionally have to travel out of town for, is now available closer to this city, therefore making this place a winning combination of local is lekker,” said Mokoena.
‘Holistic cultural offering’
The holistic cultural offering will not only be confined to Cape Town as the new entity has been hard at work creating a distribution network - which will see their offerings available at other restaurants and liquor stores nationally.
Available on tap and in a 330ml can, this range of locally founded and produced beers are set to give the big global brands a run for their money.
“What set’s Ukhamba Beerworx & Taproom apart from the rest of the market is our true understanding of the local consumer.
“We really wanted to create a product that would deliver on both quality and taste while catering for the unique African palette and this winning combination is what is going to keep our customers coming for more.
“The extension of the brand and launch of Ukhamba Beerwox & Taproom is also going to open itself to customer insights which will allow us to further perfect our product and allow us to live our mantra ‘Ukhamba Beerworx Utwyala Bethu’, “added the company’s co-founder, Lethu Tshabangu.
Local and international beer lovers are in for treat this festive season and beyond, as Ukhamba Beerworx & Taproom has made sure that it catches their attention with its distinctly African wall murals, authentically African food and local music that round off the experience.
This will absolutely make Capetonians and those who are visiting the city enjoy a unique social experience, while supporting local brewers.
The doors are open from 11am to 11pm Tuesday to Sunday
In addition to the Hangover Hour, guests can enjoy the restaurant's weekend Sunset event. Every Sunday a resident DJ from 4pm till 9pm will be giving patrons a quality lounge musical experience. They are hosting different personalities for hangover hour, from actors to musicians all the way to sporting personalities.