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!