Stellar Brewery’s passion for quality stout led them to create the recipe for Noctis Stout. An abundance of speciality malts used in brewing Noctis results in chocolate, coffee and dark fruit undertones in this beer as rich and full-bodied as the star-filled night sky in the heart of South Africa. This stout is of an exceptional quality, and drinking it a one of a kind experience. 6.0% ALC. IBU 30
Another beer firmly rooted in the soil of the region is the African Queen Single Hop IPA (India Pale Ale), that has been brewed with one of the most acknowledged South African hops - African Queen. These hops, specifically created for IPAs, contributes lemongrass, gooseberry and blackcurrant notes, exploding with taste and culture. Every sip is a celebration! 6.0% ALC. IBU 45
Patiently matured for 10 weeks, Desert Ale is given a chance to fully develop Irish Red Ale style characteristics. Hints of caramel, dark berry notes and a touch of roast unite to create each drop of this malty ale, ideally enjoyed around a camp fire in the Kalahari Dessert, which is not too far away in the neighbouring Northern Cape province. 5.5% ALC. IBU25
The team behind it all
The roots of Stellar Brewery can be traced back to the friendship between two schoolboys, which started in 1975 at Grey College in Bloemfontein. And the crafted beer and gin produced by Stellar Brewery in Bloemfontein today, flows with the companionship and loyalty of this friendship that withstood the test of time.
Stellar is also deeply rooted in the rich, fertile soil of the Free State province, called by many the heartland of South Africa. Hence names like Oliewen Weiss, Mangaung Gold and Free State Lager, in which the heartbeat of the region resounds.
Anton Viljoen is the businessman with a head for numbers. Leon du Toit is the brewer – with more than 25 years’ experience – for whom brewing and fermenting beer is an art, flowing from the heart and soul. Today they are still good friends and respectively Managing Director and Director (Brewing Operations) of Stellar Brewery.
The other team members are Jan Lewtak, an engineer with a doctorate in chemistry, bringing scientific knowledge and knowhow to the table, and SP de Waal, a qualified land surveyor. They both have experience in beer brewing, while Jan is also an expert in distillation.
Between them they have over the years won quite a number of medals at the National Home Brewers Competition, reflecting the quality of the beer and gin produced at the brewery in Bloemfontein.