Perfect Day and Place for a Beer

&Union | Beer Salon / Charcuterie

It was a beau­ti­fully sunny and wind­less day in Cape Town. A per­fect day to enjoy a beer. If you’re look­ing, as I was, for a place that serves great beer, but has more of European-brasserie feel then &Union is the place for you. &Union only offers a selec­tion of artis­anal beers, so if you’re look­ing for the usual big brew­ery beers you wont find any here.

Brought to you by the ori­ginal Vida e Caffè guys, they once more prove how to make a great idea work well. The beers are Ger­man and the food is Por­tuguese and Spanish-inspired. The beers will set you back R40, how­ever they are 500ml and not like any beer you’ve tasted – def­in­itely worth the bucks! There are 4 dif­fer­ent types: Unfiltered Lar­ger, STEPH Weis, Berne Unfiltered Amber, and Dark Lar­ger. My favour­ite is the STEPH Weis, it’s the sweetest and tastiest.

You order inside at the bar where an array of cured meats are seen hanging over the counter. The staff is great and will gladly assist you in pair­ing your beer with the cor­rect food. The food menu com­prises of Grilled Weis­s­wurst, Prego rolls, or your choice of Char­cu­terie, Cheese, Grilled Sau­cis­son, or Sal­mon Carpac­cio Boards. All the boards are served with a side green-leaf salad, homemade crisps and a small loaf of Knead Bread. Bar snacks like grilled Hal­loumi, Pâté and Biltong is also available.

Once you place your order you can enjoy your lux­uri­ous, cold beer in the beer garden. Aside from the beer, the venue also adds to the appeal of the place. Situ­ated on Bree Street, Cape Town, &Union feeds off of the energy of Bree street: street sounds are heard as they rico­chet off the sur­round­ing build­ings, and people pass by sat­is­fy­ing anyone’s voyeur­istic tendencies.

At the moment &Union has a spe­cial run­ning: Choose any of the boards (except the Sal­mon board), any beer and a cup of Organic cof­fee for R90.

My boy­friend and I both chose a board – one cheese and the other meat. The por­tions are big, so if you’re not a piggy like me and need and want your own, it’s a nice lunch to share with a friend. How­ever, your friend would have to order her own beer; or share with you.

&Union also serves wine for those of you who do not enjoy beer and for tee­totalers choose from an assort­ment of Natal Mid­lands’ Ginger Beer, Cloudy Lem­on­ade and Cin­na­mon Cola. &Union is a WiFi zone, and all their cof­fee is cer­ti­fied organic and they recycle – show­ing how to do green in style. If you are in the mood for fancy beer and fancy cheese amongst the hul­laba­loo of the city, take a trip down Bree street and visit &Union.

  1. I love the photographs!


    Comment by Renee de Villiers on November 3, 2010 at 8:07 am

  2. Thank you!


    Comment by Kristy on November 3, 2010 at 11:28 am

  3. They do have great beer! Its hard to find good craft beer in SA. You can also buy your favour­ite beers to take home in handy 4 packs.


    Comment by Darren on November 3, 2010 at 4:28 pm

  4. your pho­to­graphs are stun­ning! Looks delicious!


    Kristy Reply:

    Thank you. &Union is really worth a visit.


    Comment by Caro on January 25, 2011 at 1:37 am