Venue: Copperlake Brewing Company
Location: Broadacres Shopping Centre off Cedar rd, Broadacres
Cost: Meals averaging at R80, R38 for a 500ml craft beer, R28 for 375ml.
Copperlake is a vibey pub situated just off Cedar rd in Broadacres.
They serve their own brand of craft beer, coolers and ciders and offer a wide variety of meals and finger foods. They also offer wine and cocktails.
The main focus of the decor is the brewing apparatus where one can watch a brewer at work and be welcomed with the warm, yeasty aroma of the next batch of beer being produced.
For the party crowd, you can rent a number of games including beer pong and can hire a personal keg for your function.
Live bands perform most Sundays.
A friend and myself decided to try Copperlake for lunch and sampling some of their brews this past Saturday.
While it was quiet when we arrived at 12, the place quickly filled up with patrons. The venue is open and welcoming and throughout the day we enjoyed a mix of classic rock piped through their sound system, which I really enjoyed.
My first drink of choice was the Cherry Cider, which was nice and tart with a lot of flavor. I like that it was not overly sweet and one could easily have a few without fear of inducing diabetes.
My friend ordered the tasting plate which includes the 6 standard house beers, the citrus cooler and a special edition beer. Good value for R30 and definitely helped narrow down what he wanted to order next.
I then tried out the Citrus Cooler, which is much sweeter but just as enjoyable.
We ordered lunch and I had one of the best Chicken Schnitzels (R78) I have ever tasted. What made this great was the quality of the cheese sauce that definitely didn't originate from a powdered form. The side salad was fresh and drizzled with balsamic and olive oil.
My friend had the Brie and Pepperdew Burger, which he swears is one of the best in JHB and worth the visit.
All in all, this is a great chilled venue to hang out with a group of friend and we will be back for the food let alone the beer.
- Note that they are closed on Mondays
- Books must be made for large groups as they can fill up quickly
- Ask them about their food platters and kegs for large groups
- It can get quite rowdy later in the day, so this is probably not the best venue for an intimate date