SAB revives Fransen Street brewery

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Johannesburg - SA Breweries (SAB) has revived the Fransen Street brewery to launch a speciality beer brand, the company said on Friday.

The brand, to be known as No 3 Fransen Street, would initially consist of three types of beers, being a cream ale, Irish red ale, and krystal weiss, SAB said in a statement.

They would be available from September 29, brewed on a seasonal basis and distributed to a few outlets in Johannesburg and Pretoria.

“The styles will change monthly until the most popular styles have been identified,” SAB said.

The Fransen Street brewery was opened 16 years ago as a special development brewery, testing new products and raw materials and producing small-scale runs of special interest beers.

Four products were taken to market, being a wheat beer, ginger beer and winter and India pale ales, but were ahead of their time, the company said.

In 2012, SAB recognised the global and local growth in speciality and craft beers and redeveloped the Fransen Street brewery, taking it back to its original intentions.

Fransen Street has a maximum capacity of 50,000 hectolitres.

The beers would be available, as a preview, at the upcoming JHB Festival of Beers at Pirates Sports Club in Johannesburg. - Sapa

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