A man in traditional outfit sitting in a beer garden at the and drinking beer after a mass on the Feast of the Assumption in Kochel am See, Germany, Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2017. Bundles of herbs are brought into the catholic churches as a tradition during the commemoration of Mary's assumption to heaven. (Andreas Gebert/dpa via AP)

JOHANNESBURG - The University of Witwatersrand (Wits) 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 beerbrewing 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.

* FULL LIST OF CATEGORY WINNERS:

Castle Best Bru (overall winner):
1st: University of Witwatersrand (Big Petr Pils)
 
Carling Black Label Best Lager:
1st: University of Witwatersrand (Big Petr Pils)
2nd: Cape Peninsula University of Technology (Klopse Lager)
3rd: University of Pretoria (Dark Deer)
  
Redds Best Cider:
1st: Cape Peninsula University of Technology (Apple Adventure Cider)  
2nd: University of Kwa-Zulu Natal – Pietermaritzburg (House Kev Blackberry Dark Mild)
3rd: University of Cape Town (Raspberry Ripple)
 
No. 3 Fransen Street Best Speciality Beer:
1st: University of Pretoria (Cloudy with a Chance of Ginger)
2nd: University of KZN Pietermaritzburg (House James Sweet Sorghum Stout)
3rd: University of Cape Town (Brewhouse Ryot Pale Ale)
 
Castle Milk Stout Winter Warmer:
1st: University of Johannesburg (British Strong Ale) 
2nd: North West University – Potchefstroom Campus (Mistress) 
3rd: University of KZN- Pietermaritzburg (Winter Saison)
 
Best Label Design:
1st: Central University of Technology Free State (Yet Another Lemon Tree)
2nd: University of the Free State (Bundesadler)
3rd: University of the Free (Wee Heavyness)

- African News Agency (ANA)