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Who We Are

At Soul Barrel, we believe beer is the greatest beverage in the world. Savoring a world class brew can be a life-changing experience. Our brewery exists to contribute to these epic moments by brewing artisanal, innovative beer. We aim to create a thriving, world-class South African beer culture.
Established when founder Nick Smith migrated from the Soul City of New Orleans to the Mother City of Cape Town, Soul Barrel was founded on the belief that real beer is made with soul. We are passionate about hoppy ales, old world fermentations and local ingredients. Our beer is characterized by an uncompromising commitment to quality. It is a reflection of the time, place and personality of the people who brew it. Soul Barrel Brewing is a craft brewery located in the heart of the Cape Winelands outside of Cape Town, near Franschhoek, built within the old tank walls of the former Drakenstein Winery. 

Come share in our passion for brewing & celebrate beer made with Soul!


World-class craft beer starts with quality raw materials. A beer will only be as great as the potential provided by the ingredients.  Most beer is made up of four ingredients: malt, hops, water, and yeast, although craft and Belgian brewing traditions embrace exploring any and all ingredients in the quest for flavour and innovation.


Our beer is only available onsite at our taproom & beer garden, and in growlers to go.  It would be easier to bottle and distribute but we believe in serving our beer as fresh as possible so our customers can enjoy the beer as intended.  The supply chain in South Africa is currently not ideal for craft beer and is kept warm for too long.  This decision means more work and more risk but we believe in delivering South Africans the best beer possible. The brewery is located on the R45 in Simondium between Paarl and Franschhoek before the Klapmuts Rd. Look for the two big barrels on the road!


Wed: 12 – 6pm | Thur: 12 – 6pm | Fri: 12 – 7pm | Sat: 12 – 6pm | Sun 12 – 6pm


We offer an intimate tour and guided tasting of our cellar and brewery by our head brewer, getting an in depth experience of who we are and what our brewery is all about.

R95 for the tour and 4 half pours.

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Believes great beer will change the world. After attending the Master Brewers Program at UC Davis, he spent ten years in the US craft beer industry including time in brewing, distribution, and sales for Abita Brewing Company in New Orleans and New Belgium Brewery in Fort Collins, CO.  In 2016 he embarked on a new adventure and moved to Cape Town to start Soul Barrel Brewing.


Growing up on a small fruit and wine farm in Simondium, Amanda fell in love with the local flavors, culture, and beauty of this area at an early age. After years traveling the world and living in far off places, Amanda is thrilled to be capturing the flavors of her childhood farm in a brewery!  Her goal is to utilize international experience to showcase the exceptional beauty, depth, and character of the Cape Winelands.


An avid home brewer for many years while running an IT company working with wine and fruit farms, Mark is married into a 5th generation Simondium wine farming family.   Starting a brewery in the old wine tanks has been an invigorating way to return the farm to a higher purpose, while building for the future of South Africa.

Owner’s Cell: +27 (0)83 600 8716

Email: nick@soulbarrel.co.za


Wed: 12 – 6pm | Thur: 12 – 6pm | Fri: 12 – 7pm | Sat: 12 – 6pm | Sun 12 – 6pm

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