Drifter Brewing Company's Stormy Smoked Porter has been named the winner of the inaugural African Beer Cup as the best beer in Africa.
More than 150 brewers, beer enthusiasts and industry experts gathered to celebrate the inaugural African Beer Cup awards ceremony, held in Cape Town on May 18th.
Run in partnership with the annual Craft Brewers Powwow, the competition attracted 143 entries from 11 different African countries: Botswana, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Kenya, Lesotho, Mauritius, Namibia, Nigeria, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania and Zambia.
56 medals were awarded in 28 different categories, with winners hailing from seven different countries.
Beers were judged in early May by panels of beer experts, brewers and qualified judges in Cape Town and Johannesburg. All beers were judged to the BJCP (Beer Judge Certification Program) guidelines, which places a strong focus on stylistic accuracy. “In order to get the best results possible, all beers in the competition were judged twice by two different panels,” said competition co-founder and director Shawn Duthie.
The 16 gold medallists went head to head in a best-of-show round to determine the overall winner. Cape Town’s Drifter Brewing Company took the coveted top spot, with their Stormy Smoked Porter.
The winners took home a one-off piece of art to commemorate their win, designed by Cape Town artist Jessie Pearson.
Winners of the 2019 African Beer Cup:
Category: Standard American Beer
GOLD: Anheuser-Busch InBev - St Louis Lager (Botswana)
SILVER: Shields Indie Brewing Company - White Falcon (South Africa)