Cape Peninsula University Of Technology are SAB Intervarsity Beer Brewing Champions 2014

01 Sep 14

SAB intervarsity beer brewing challengeCape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT) was announced the champion of the 7thAnnual SAB Intervarsity Beer Brewing Challenge 2014 during an awards ceremony late last night held at the SAB Cyril Ramaphosa World of Learning in Kyalami, Johannesburg.

The university’s uniquely South African speciality, lager-based beer, Rooibru, claimed the Ben Lamaletie IBD Intervarsity Beer Brewing Challenge floating trophy, the top honour of Castle Lager Best Bru Award, as well as the Carling Black Label Champion Lager.

Winners in the remaining categories are:

  • Redds Best Cider – University of Cape Town (Intang-Apple Cider)
  • Millers Genuine Draft Best Speciality Beer – University of Limpopo (Ich Weiss)
  • Hansa Beeg Dreamer Best Label – University of the Free State
  • Castle Milk Stout Winter Warmer (new category) – University of Pretoria (Barley Legal)

(Note: See full list of winners in each category below)

Head judge, Chris Roth of Worthog Brewers, independent and accredited beer tasters, said that CPUT’s Rooibru was the perfect blend of hops and rooibos, a combination and ingredient unique to the local beer brewing industry.

CPUT’s team members Heinrich Meyer, Arshad Parker, Tony Obilana, Ryan Morkel and Terence Keeling, competed against 13 of some of South Africa’s top tertiary institutions, relinquishing the title from defending champion, Pretoria University which won in 2013.

Competing universities this year included:

  • University of Limpopo
  • University of Potchefstroom
  • University of Stellenbosch
  • University of Cape Town
  • University of Kwazulu Natal
  • University of KZN Westville Campus
  • University of Pietermaritzburg
  • Witwatersrand University
  • University of Johannesburg
  • Pretoria University
  • University of the Free State
  • Rhodes University
  • Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University

Judge and SAB Consumer Science and Sensory Manager, Frieda Dehrmann, said that the competition was fierce this year and that decision making on the best brews took significantly longer than in previous years.

“The judges were astounded by the bravery displayed by the students in their interpretation of each of the beer styles with fewer flavour faults than before. There is also increased attention to detail and a high level of professionalism, particularly evident in the labelling designs, ” said Dehrmann.

Commenting on the year-on-year improvement in quality products presented by the entrants, Dehrmann said it was an indication of the value of the SAB Intervarsity Brewing Challenge. “The technical competence students are gaining through the competition is getting greater each year.  It shows that SAB is not only spreading the love of beer as a drink of moderation but also beer knowledge, which goes hand in hand with growing a beer culture in South Africa.”

Roth echoed her sentiments saying that the awards helped “push students into placing more time and energy into the development of their products and building onto previous years’ successes.”

The new Castle Milk Stout Winter Warmer category was included in this year’s competition to compliment the chilly season, and Roth says that some of the best brews came from it. While the University of Pretoria’s Barley Legal took first place in the category, University of Free State’s ‘Motherland’ and the University of Cape Town’s ‘Mosaic IPA’ came in second and third, respectively.

Participating universities each have their own micro-breweries where students brew, ferment, condition and package their beers prior to the final stages of the competition when they are tasted by independent and accredited craft beer tasters.

The Intervarsity Challenge is a key element of SAB’s promotion of beer as the natural choice for the moderate and responsible drinker. As a low-alcohol beverage, beer is created to be savoured which adds to the enjoyment of life for the overwhelming majority of our consumers who drink it responsibly.

The Intervarsity Challenge thus seeks to promote responsible consumption amongst those students who chose to drink beer.

SAB has helped fund, along with the South African Stainless Steel Development Association (SASSDA), the construction of micro-breweries at several leading universities across South Africa. These micro-breweries serve as valuable teaching aids for students involved in microbiology, chemical technology and engineering programmes.

Full list of winners per category:

Ben Lamaletie IBD Intervarsity Beer Brewing Challenge floating trophy:

Cape Peninsula University of Technology


Castle Lager Best Bru Award (best overall):

Cape Peninsula University of Technology


Carling Black Label Champion Lager:

1.    Rooibru – Cape Peninsula University of Technology

2.    Rock out with your Bock out – University of Pretoria

3.    Hopster – University of the Free State


Millers Genuine Draft Best Speciality Beer:

1.    Ich Weiss – University of Limpopo

2.    Briefkaart Weiss – University of Stellenbosch

3.    Weiss Chancellor – University of Witwatersrand


Redds Best Cider:

1.    Intang-Apple Cider – University of Cape Town

2.    Dickens’ Cider – University of Stellenbosch

3.    Split Personality – University of the Free State


Castle Milk Stout Winter Warmer (new category):

1.    Barley Legal – University of Pretoria

2.    Motherland – University of the Free State

3.    Mosiac IPA – University of Cape Town


Hansa Beeg Dreamer Best Label:

University of the Free State