December 2017

Brewers battled it out for top honours at Cape Town Festival of Beer 2017

More than 60 brewers all competed for top honours in the eight categories, sponsored by Multi-Color Corporation (MCC): Best Lager, Best Hoppy Beer, Best Dark Beer, Best Speciality Beer, Best Wheat Beer, Best Cider, Best Stand, and the most prestigious award, Best Beer on Show.

The judging process was carried out by the independent group South Yeasters, a homebrewers club consisting of beer enthusiasts based in Cape Town. All judges were Beer Judge Certification Program (BJCP) qualified – an internationally recognised program.
The 2017 award winners were:

Best Lager
Gold: Urban Brewing Co – Festbier
Silver: Newlands Spring Brewing Co – Tribute Lager
Bronze: Cape Brewing Company – Pilsner

Best Hoppy Beer
Gold: Mikkeller Beer – Capenhagen
Silver: Metal Lane – Pale Ale
Bronze: Riot – Valve IPA

Best Dark Beer
Gold: Stellenbosch Brewing Company – Eike Stout  
Silver: Frasers Folly & Beer Country – Moer Koffie Condensed Milk Stout
Bronze: Atlantic Storm – Black Tempest Stout

Best Speciality Beer
Gold: Devil’s Peak Brewing Company – It Takes Two to Mango 
Silver: Belgian Beer Co – Liefman Kriek Brut
Bronze: Little Wolf – Passiflora

Best Wheat Beer
Gold: Cape Brewing Company – Amber Weiss
Silver: Jack Black – Atlantic Weiss
Bronze: Darling Brew – Bone Crusher

Best Cider
Gold: Alpha – Ginger Cider
Silver: Sxollie – Granny Smith
Bronze: Birkenhead Brewery – Passionfruit cider

Best on Show
Stellenbosch Brewing Company – Eike Stout

Best Stand
Buurman Brouwerke

“Multi-Color Corporation is committed to helping grow and nurture the South African beer industry, and our partnership with Cape Town Festival of Beer is part of this mission,” said Warren Blair, Business Development and Marketing Manager of Multi-Color Corporation. “I was personally very impressed by the quality of beer on offer and look forward to returning to Cape Town Festival of Beer next year.”

All the winning breweries have each won a trophy and bragging rights. MCC has sponsored each brewery with branding in the form of stickers, which they’ll be able to use on all their future brews in their winning categories.

Electrical Industries sponsored a countertop tap unit to the value of R10 000 to Urban Brewing Company, who won Best Lager on Show.

Cape Town Festival of Beer awarded Buurman Brouwerke with the Festival’s Best Stand award, and they have won free entry into next year’s Festival. After winning Best Stand, Eben van Niekerk from Buurman Brouwerke spoke to Dan Nichol saying that it was important for them to stand out this year. “We were given the opportunity to show off this year and we decided to give it our all, and it paid off in the end,” van Niekerk said.

Keep an eye out on the official Cape Town Festival of Beer Facebook page for all the pictures from the weekend.

See you in 2018!

Eighth edition of Cape Town Festival of Beer the best yet

Celebrating its eighth edition, the Cape Town Festival of Beer hosted the most entertaining festival yet, with more than 10 000 attendees experiencing tasty food, live entertainment, karaoke, log rolling and of course, over 200 of the best beers available in South Africa.

Back at Hamilton’s Rugby Club for the 2017 Cape Town Festival of Beer, the event kicked off with the annual Brewers Braai as brewers from around the country gathered to prepare for the weekend, to network and to test their fellow brewers’ latest brews.

Friday saw the Festival kick off with an after-work party like no other, as festivalgoers streamed in to savour some of the best beer that South Africa, Scotland, Denmark and many others, have to offer, while artists such as Me and Mr Green had the crowd up off their feet.

Just Like Papa offered everyone the opportunity to test their balance in their specially-made log-rolling set-up. Needless to say the challenge was a massive hit.

Firestone journeyed down to the Cape in their customised combis, that would host a weekend of quality, comedic and atrocious combi karaoke as friends, family and strangers belted out their favourite tunes for everyone to hear.

Saturday was as popular as ever as hordes of SA’s beer lovers packed Hamilton’s and made sure the taps were flowing and the brewers were busy. Witty Festival regular, Dan Nicholl, made an appearance and the annual awards were handed out to the best beers of the Festival, as voted for by an independent, qualified judging panel.

Celebrity chef Pete Goffe-Wood headlined an incredible list of food stalls on show with his Kitchen Cowboys. DJ Ready D hit the decks and had festivalgoers partying deep into the night.

In what was one of the best-attended Sundays in the history of the Festival, families soaked up the Sunday sun while sipping on everything from ciders, to beers brewed with Atlantic Ocean water, while the kids were thoroughly entertained in the designated children’s area.

It’s safe to say that SA’s beer industry is in good hands. Iconic German brewmaster, Wolfgang Koedel of CBC, sang the praises of his fellow brewers. “I am proud of how far craft brewers in South Africa have come in general,” Koedel said. “Our brewers can definitely compete with the best in the world. We have extremely good beers.”

If 2017 is any indication of where things are headed, the 2018 Cape Town Festival of Beer will be even bigger and better than 2017. With brewers pushing the boundaries more and more, as local breweries refine their craft, 2018’s Festival is already a mouth-watering prospect.

Cheers to that!