CityPress - - Opportunity index - – Binwe Ade­bayo

Stu­dents from across the coun­try are get­ting ready for the seventh an­nual SAB In­ter­var­sity Chal­lenge. The com­pe­ti­tion chal­lenges teams of var­sity stu­dents to cre­ate a unique, au­then­ti­cally South African beer in their own lo­cale.

Apart from stand­ing a chance to win a cash prize of R25 000, the teams will have the op­por­tu­nity to show­case their cre­ation to an in­ter­na­tional judg­ing panel, which will de­cide who is the Best Bru (yes, that’s the name of the award).

Last year’s top hon­ours went to a team from the Univer­sity of Pre­to­ria, who cre­ated a de­li­cious Black For­est Lager. The Tuks team has had the most con­sis­tent mi­cro­brew­ing show­ing.

UCT won the award for best spe­cial­ity beer last year, af­ter tak­ing home the main tro­phy in 2012. Vis­i­bly ab­sent from the win­ners’ ta­ble is famed drink-in­clined Rhodes Univer­sity, whose mi­cro­bi­ol­ogy class brews in their labs.

Craft beer is be­com­ing in­creas­ingly pop­u­lar in South Africa, with brands like Man­grove Jack’s en­joy­ing largescale re­tail ap­peal. Along with this and the SA on Tap Craft Beer Fes­ti­val held in Dur­ban and Pre­to­ria, this com­pe­ti­tion seeks to es­tab­lish South Africa in the mi­cro­brew­ery in­dus­try.

KLAP A WETTIE South African craft beer is

break­ing into the com­mer­cial mar­ket

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