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Mitchell’s Brewery

Mitchell’s brewery was started in 1983 in Knysna by Lex Mitchell. We started off brewing only Forester’s and Bosuns for Knysna only. The product was so popular that they had to move to much bigger premises to keep up with demand. Lex then opened the Cape Town branch of Mitchell’s brewery in 1989 to be able to offer our fine Draught’s to the Cape Town market.

The popularity of the beers saw other lines being added to our repertoire, and so the business grew.

Unfortunately, due to family commitments Lex had to move to Port Elizabeth, and so he sold the breweries to Scottish and Newcastle (a massive brewing group in the UK) in 1998. The brewery was run by them for 4 years.

In 2002, the business was bought back from Scottish and Newcastle by Dave McRae (Dave has been working and brewing at Mitchell’s since 1984, and still runs the Knysna operation) and Allan Hodgson (a business man from Johannesburg with a love for good beer!). The Cape Town branch was then sold off to an independent operator.

In April 2008 Allan decided to buy back the Cape Town brewery, and run it himself with his partner (and son in law) James Henderson. The brewery had come full circle.

In 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.

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

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