Paarl – Leading South African craft beer producer Cape Brewing Company (CBC) recently walked away with four medals from the Meiningers International Craft Beer Awards. The awards were announced in Neustadt, Germany in April.
CBC was awarded top honors with a platinum medal for their Cape of Good Hope Imperial IPA, and a gold medal for their seasonal CBC Harvest Lager. The CBC Lager and CBC Krystal Weiss were both awarded silver medals.
Out of the more than 700 craft beers from 22 different nations tasted and judged for the competition, only the best 281 beers were presented with medals. The jury consisted of 76 international expert beer sommeliers, brewers, beer trade and research experts, and beer journalists.
CBC is the only South African brewery awarded with medals this year, placing the country within the top 10 of the medal log. Germany topped the log with 138 awarded beers, followed by USA (27) and Austria (11).
“The whole CBC team is very proud of the outcome at one of the most prestigious Craft Beer competition in the world,” said CBC Brewmaster Wolfgang Koedel. “It shows the ability and quality of South Africans Craft Beer standards, and our competence to compete on international standards. Congratulations to my outstanding team at CBC and to all our supporters and beer lovers out there, you are our inspiration to brew great beers. Prost!”
One of the noteworthy breweries in the competition included the Boston Beer Company, who won international Craft Beer of the year with its Samuel Adams Rebel Rouser (Imperial IPA). “It is an overwhelming result for the whole CBC team,” said Andy Kung, Head of Operations at CBC. “It is fantastic to see that hard work, dedication and consistency is being recognized on such a high caliber, international judging panel. It is great to be right up there amongst the biggest and most reputable craft breweries in the world.”
The CBC range now consists of ten beers (including three seasonal beers) after the recent launch of the CBC Pale Ale, also available in a can from Checkers, Makro and Pick n Pay liquor stores.
All the award-winning beers are available at the CBC brewery in Paarl, as well as from a wide range of restaurants across South Africa. To find a restaurant or retailer that stocks CBC, please visit the website: http://capebrewing.co.za/contact-us/.