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Mitchells Knysna Brewery

Mitchell’s brewery was established in 1983 in the Thesen House building in Knysna by Lex Mitchell. We started off brewing only Forester’s Lager and Bosun's Bitter for distribution and sale in Knysna. The product was so popular that we had to move to much bigger premises to keep up with demand. The growth led to Lex opening a Gauteng and Cape Town branch of Mitchell’s Brewery in 1989 to be able to offer our fine draught’s to the Gauteng and Cape Town markets.

The popularity of the beers saw other lines being added to our repertoire, and so the business grew. These included: 90 shillings Ale, Raven Stout & Millwood Mild.

During the period 1998 to 2011 the brewery changed ownership a number of times, but Dave McRae, partner and brewmaster, has remained at the helm of the part that matters, namely the quality of our products, since 1985.

Since February 2009 the Roach family acquired the rights to distribute Mitchell’s finest in Gauteng and the North West province extending Mitchell’s reach to its customers.

Every time we get new people joining us, there is a new passion that is brought to the mix and the Brewery metamorphosis continues!

The company has grown in leaps and bounds, and is now South Africa’s second biggest brewery.

Mitchell’s is a real family business, and most of our staff has been with the company for more than 20 years.

We pride ourselves on our high service levels, as well as the fantastic quality of all our beers.

Cheers and good Health.


Our Offer

Free Tasting and Free Tour (Book Time)



10 New Street

Knysna, Western Cape



Mon - Sat 10:00 - 17:00

Sun Closed


Normal Ticket Prices

Tasting - R75-00

Tour - R75-00



Office: 044 382 4685


Weather Dependency

Thie activity is not weather dependent