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Cheers to Wits Brewers

- Wits University

Wits students crowned as the 2017 SAB Intervarsity Beer Brewing Champions.

The University of Witwatersrand has been named the overall winner of the 10th Annual SAB Intervarsity Beer Brewing Champions 2017, ousting defending champions the University of Cape Town.

Wits' Big Petr Pils, a lager, claimed the top honour of Castle Lager Best Bru Award and the Carling Black Label Best Lager.  The 10th annual SAB Intervarsity Beer Brewing Challenge pitted 16 of South Africa’s top tertiary institutions against one another in a bid to win the sought-after accolade of best beer brewing students.

Micro-brewing teams and their respective brews went up against each other at the final of the competition held on Saturday at SAB’s Cyril Ramaphosa World of Learning in Kyalami, Johannesburg. An independent panel of expert industry judges noted that the team’s winning entry was “a very drinkable style for South Africa’s warm weather conditions. It was well balanced, using the right amount of hops and that they used good brewing procedures for a style that requires precision in brewing technique”.

The Best Cider was awarded to Cape Peninsula University of Technology (Apple Adventure Cider); the Best Speciality Beer went to University of Pretoria (Cloudy with a Chance of Ginger); Best Winter Warmer was awarded to University of Johannesburg (British Strong Ale); and the Best Label Design went to Central University of Technology Free State (Yet Another Lemon Tree). Sixteen local tertiary institutions took part in the competition.

The story was originally published on the IOL Online website. Click here to read the full story.