The Newlands Spring

As you know, BEERGUEVARA started business in Newlands. And though the revolution has now moved to our brand new store in Woodstock, we still recommend dropping by the Newlands spring (that’s the actual watering hole, not Forries or Barristers) to stock up on some the best brewing water available in the Cape (and it’s free).

You can find the spring water gushing out of a rather humble PVC pipe at the end of Springs Road, off Kildare Road in Newlands.

Don’t be put off by the lack of signage or showcasing, though – the quality of the water flowing out of the Newlands Spring is is regularly tested by Peter from Rawlicious Foods. His recent results are as follows:

  • TDS: 95
  • pH: 5.9
  • Ca: 3.1
  • Mg: 2.7
  • Na: 17
  • Total Bacteria/1ml: 10 (max allowed:100)
  • Coliforms/100ml: 2 (max allowed: 5)
  • E Coli/100ml: 0

Here is what Tim Godfrey of SAB has to say

“The Newlands spring is abstracted by SAB, and all beer from the Newlands Brewery is made from only spring water, no municipal water.

The quality is excellent for brewing, it has a pH of 5.6 (same as rainwater), low alkalinity, low mineral content, no contaminants.We do not treat the water in any way. It is textbook quality brewing water, fortunately unpolluted by agriculture and industry.

As a brewer I only drink the spring water, and the products made from it. Forget about the chemical stories, they are not true”.

He adds, ”The spring is owned by SAB and the Newlands Brewery uses only spring water in production of our beers, and have been for well over 100 years. The water is excellent quality and we are able to use it without pre-treatment. It is indeed the reason the brewery exists where it does. What can be collected at the end of Springs Way is the overflow from the spring. The berm around the spring can be seen over the vibracrete wall. It was recorded as already built in 1841 and protects the spring from damage.

It has a low hardness, which would make it the envy of lager style brewers worldwide. It has very low levels of heavy metals (less than tap water) and no contaminants.In short, it is perfect water, much sought after by members of the public in the know. It has cultural and other significance from members of the Muslim community who collect it.

It is sad and ironic that our beers are rumoured to contain chemicals – nothing could be further from the truth, with the spring making 93% of our products.

If anyone is interested I have a short paper on the history and significance of the spring – you can e.mail me on”

Source: Spill Magazine


5 Responses to “The Newlands Spring”

  1. Pete Taljaard April 23, 2016 at 9:17 pm #

    We recently moved to Rosebank, cape Town and have been using Beta water filters, until we discovered the Spring just in front of the breweries, and since then on a regular weekly basis top up with the crystal clear and almost sweet tasting water, if one can-attempt to describe it. I will certainly no longer be paying money to buy filtered water, when I can use the gift of free spring water. My son whose does his own brewing, put us on to it.
    Thank you for the breakdown.
    Pete Taljaard.

  2. Quincy August 25, 2016 at 1:42 pm #

    Hi my name is Quincy Mtsali a 3rd year student doing a ND in Mathematical Technology from Cape Peninsula University of Technology (bellvile), doing a project for my in-serve for the city of cape town. My project is to do a survey on people who is using the Newlands natural springs. I woul like to to ask if i can please get some more info on this water as i’m unfamiliar with it, im sure this response would be very beneficiary to my project

    • Craig Loder August 25, 2016 at 2:19 pm #

      Hi Quincy,

      Besides knowing the water is great for brewing purposes, Unfortunately we probably know as much about the water as you do. I would recommend going on the beer tour at SAB. Not only is it a great insight on how there beers are made but i’m sure the guys there will have all the answer you need regarding the water.


      • Quincy September 21, 2016 at 11:04 am #

        ohk thank you sir, so the water is used for drinking, brewery purposes and what more?

      • James December 4, 2017 at 6:16 pm #

        Hi Craig

        James here, we have now started to collect the precious spring water ourselves. Was not aware of it’s existence until a few weeks ago. The quality of the water is exceptionally good, I have brewed a couple of extracts with it. Have not had the time to do full grain this year. I highly recommend fellow brewers to collect the spring water for brewing it the light of the drought.

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