Over the train tracks and down a dusty road in the industrial part of this quaint town with an even quainter name, lies the newly-opened, revamped Darling Brew Tasteroom and Brewery. Be sure to get the directions (they’re on their website), as the signposts run out once you’ve turned off the main road.
It’s well worth paying a visit. The new building is a treat, with its vast tasting room and restaurant. It’s stylishly industrial and open-plan, with some outside seating and a great deal of space upstairs. Fabulous murals reflecting their branding adorn the walls.
We were there on a hot Saturday and the place was buzzing. A friendly and efficient waitress welcomed us with ice-cold water – a heavenly offering in the 35-degree heat. In fact, all the staff were great – from wait staff, to the manager, to Felix the brewer.
The tasting consisted of ten (ten!) beers, so we were glad we’d booked accommodation. If you don’t, be sure to have a designated driver. The beers range from the Sungazer (a light one, at 2.6% alcohol) through wit (wheat) beers, lagers and ales to the Black Mist black ale. There’s something for everybody’s beer palate here.
After tasting half of them, food became a necessity. This came in the form of a cheese and meat platter to which other platters should look up in awe. Generous servings of fresh bread, cold meat, biltong, cheeses and preserves provided more than enough for two people. Everything on the platter is locally sourced and delicious. The caramelised onion marmalade is the stuff of culinary dreams.
The Tasteroom & Brewery offers a range of filling, fresh foods that all looked good – burgers, ‘Brew-A-Wors’ rolls, and the like. It’s a chalkboard menu that changes with what’s seasonal. And it’s all perfect for pairing with an icy Darling brew!