Lakeside came to be when Morne and Pierre-Charl met at a braai in 2012. United by an appreciation for craft beer, they decided to give collaborative brewing a go in Pierre-Charl’s garage situated on the edge of Zandvlei in Lakeside, Cape Town.

Morne was already an experienced home brewer when the two met and what began as a hobby for these guys soon turned into an entrepreneurial endeavour. Pierre-Charl left politics where he served as the spokesperson for Helen Zille and Morne’s job as a financial adviser was also soon history. They began to brew at Honingklip brewery owned by Mark and Analize ter Morshuizen, located on the R43 on the way to Hermanus. An idyllic setting complete with two golden Labradors, granadilla vines, pomegranate trees and a grand view of the Botrivier valley.

On 15 July 2013, Lakeside Beerworks bought the well-loved Valley Brewery in Kommetjie. This carefully designed brewery has long been the envy of home and micro-brewers alike. It is the product of the previous owner, Glenn Adams’s ingenuity – he now makes a living designing, building and distributing stainless steel brewery equipment as far as Australia.

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