Oh my gosh – this is THE place to be if you are at the Airport – be it collecting someone, waiting for a flight, or just looking for an excuse for a cold beer and a tasty meal.
Airport Craft Brewers is celebrating five summers in operation at Africa’s busiest airport with an exciting new Summer Food & Cocktail Menu that sees a host of new dishes and drinks join the restaurants’ popular offering.
There are two Airport Craft Brewers restaurants at O.R. Tambo International Airport: one ‘landside’ (before security) and one ‘airside’ (after security) in the Domestic Terminal. Passengers disembarking planes via the jetways will know our restaurant well as they walk alongside it in the corridor, en route to the baggage claim area.
The menus at these two restaurants differ slightly for operational reasons, but the refreshed and revised offering is largely available across both restaurants.
With ACB 1 airside opening at 05:00 and ACB 2 landside opening at 06:00, 7 days a week and 365 days a year, Airport Craft Brewers remains a popular spot for hearty breakfasts and excellent single-origin Ethiopian Yirgacheffe coffee before catching early flights.
The new menu sees the addition of Cinnamon Oat Porridge with apple slices, almond flakes & honey, as well as Eggs Florentine (Poached egg served on a bed of spinach & basil, served on freshly baked ciabatta) to complement the moreish Eggs Benedict which has been a firm favourite since the restaurants’ beginnings.
Lighter meals also get an update with a cheddar & mozzarella Grilled Cheese sandwich and Smashed Avo on Toast joining the lineup.
The popular Tapas – perfect for a quick bite before dashing to catch a flight – gains three new dishes: Fish Strips with house-made Tartare sauce, beef teriyaki Short Ribs and lemon butter Mussels with ciabatta. Pea Soup also joins Carrot & Ginger on the menu for those looking for comfort food.
‘Gourmet pub grub’ Baskets get a plating switch to Boards, with some small offering changes complementing the shift to a more contemporary presentation.
While they are, of course, tremendously proud of their own craft brews, their Diners Club Silver-Awarded wine list and curated cocktail menu ensure that they are able to offer something for almost everyone. The Cocktail Menu boasts two new arrivals: a Midnight Mojito (white rum with a dash of cane sugar, activated charcoal, soda water, mint leaves and squeezed lemon wedges) and a Smoked Cinnamon Old Fashioned – Whisky served with Triple Sec, bitters and a cinnamon stick.
Airport Craft Brewers became just the second airport-based craft brewery in the world when it was established at Johannesburg’s O.R. Tambo International Airport in 2015, after one at Munich Airport. We remain one of only three airport-based craft breweries in the world, with the addition of one at Tampa International Airport in the US – but we are proudly the only one in Africa, and in the Southern Hemisphere.
Their brewing plant takes pride of place in the heart of the ‘landside’ restaurant, where three beers – Pilsner, Porter and Red Ale – are made. The other 5 beers – Blonde, Weizen, English IPA, Country Ale and Saison – as well as Cider, are produced off-site, because of space limitations at the airport brewery facility.
Whether you’re in a rush to catch your flight, but need a quick meal or are in the airport on a long layover between flights, you’re welcome to join the team to experience South African hospitality at its best!
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