The National Beer Trophy 2017 has been the largest beer competition ever held in Africa, with 199 commercial beers entered, coming from 64 breweries from around the country.
With more than double the entries of 2016, the National Beer Trophy became the benchmark competition for the National beer market and a great platform for the beer culture to express diversity and quality.
It took more than a month using many highly qualified BJCP judges, as well as sommeliers, to assess and mark each beer individually. The best beers were then put through into a final round of selection.
Due to the huge influx of entries, reflecting the growth of the beer community in South Africa, Silver medals would be awarded to beer achieving a mark of at least 35 points out of the 50 possible on the BJCP scale. To keep the gold medal exclusive, the bar of awarding the most precious metal was stricter than ever with only 18 gold medals, and 4 gold medal Trophies.
The organisers Jean Vincent Ridon, William Ridon and Matthew Hurst teamed with Beerhouse to welcome all the winners to celebrate the best beers of 2017!
The Beer of the Year, and best Amber Trophy was awarded to:
Stellenbosch Brewing for their Hoenderhok Bock
The Best Light beer Trophy went for Darling Brewery - Bone Crusher
The Best Dark beer Trophy went for Woodstock Brewery - Sugarman
The Best Specialty beer Trophy was awarded to Devil’s Peak - Vannie Hout
The Gold medals 2017 are also awarded to
Brauhaus am Damm Brauhaus Dunkel
Cape Brewing Co CBC Pale Ale
Cape Brewing Co CBC Pilsner
Riot Beer Valve
Woodstock Brewery Hazy Daze
Tuk Tuk Microbrewery Pale Ale
Frasers Folly - Moer Koffie Stout
Mitchell's Brewing - Bosun's Pale ale
Mitchell's Brewing - Old Wobly Strong Lager
Darling Brewery - Gypsy Mask
Clockwork Brewhouse - Schwarzbier German Lager
Hermanus Brewery - Old Harbour Lager
Robertson Brewing - Rhythm & Blues
Mad Giant - Killer Hop
Urban Brewing - Judas Peak
Devil's Peak Brewing - Devil's Peak Pale Ale
Devil's Peak Brewing - Juicy Lucy IPA
Triggerfish Brewing - Apocalypse
Beerhouse clients have been voting for the People's Choice, and Carling Black Label was voted the favorite beer by more than 1000 voters! Carling Black Label, brewed by SAB receives a gold medal for this achievement.
The National Beer Trophy wants to thank SAB, Beerhouse, Amorim corks and HQ restaurant for making the NBT 2017 such a great trade event, but as well a special thank you to all the BJCP certified judges who assessed 199 beers blind making sure that the public finds reliable guidance in the booming South African beer scene.