What started off as a hobby, is now a fully fledged craft beer microbrewery in Shaka’s Head on the Dolphin Coast just outside Ballito. We are currently producing nine international favorites. Ursula and her husband Gary Wilby left the corporate world to start The Great Railroad Brewing Company, (now renamed the Ballito Brewing Company) which they opened in August 2015.
“We have always been keen home brewers and decided to take a risk and turn our passion into a business.” said Gary, who is an analytical chemist.
“We have had some fun setting up this brewery, especially when it came to figuring out the Chinese instruction manuals, which were not well translated into English.”
The brewery is now working at full pace and Gary said they can make any style beer on demand.
“We have nine different styles: Our Czech Dark Pilsner, German Marzen lager; Bohemian Pilsner, a classic Pilsner with a twist; German Weiss beer; Irish Red Ale; Strawberry Ale, a Belgian Witbier (made with bitter orange peel and coriander), Ballito Belgian Ale, and our latest being a Shakas Impi Lager.