Pic REUTERS - Yves Herman

The annual Cape Town Festival of Beer is more than just sharing a beer with your friends.

Now in its eighth year the festival will once again award a number of the best beers on show. 

Brewers in attendance will all be vying for top honours in the seven categories: Best Lager, Best Hoppy Beer, Best Beer on Show, Best Dark Beer, Best Speciality Beer, Best Wheat Beer and Best Cider.

“The importance of winning these awards at the Cape Town Festival of Beer is really to alert the consumer to your brand, your beer, or even the style of beer that you’ve put out and it causes them to come to your stand,” said Head Brewer of Devil’s Peak Brewery, JC Steyn, who took home two awards in 2016, including Best Beer on Show.

“There are so any different beers and different producers, why would they [festivalgoers] come to us? So the award gets them to our stand and then once they are there, it allows us to show them the other beers we have on offer too,” Steyn added.
 
Festivalgoers can expect to taste a range of Devil’s Peak beers, among 60 other breweries, as they all push the boundaries of beer in the hopes of winning one of the seven awards on offer.
 
And in case you want to test the what was brewing last here, these are the 2016 award winners

Best Lager: Alpha Lager
Best Hoppy Beer: Devil’s Peak Grapefruit Express IPA

Best on Show: Devil’s Peak Grapefruit Express IPA 

Best Dark Beer: Fuller’s Black Cab Stout 

Best Specialty Beer: La Trappe Dubbel 

Best Cider: Sxollie Granny Smith 

Best Wheat: CBC Krystal Weiss 
Best Stand: Beer Country and Fraser’s Folly
 
Cape Town Festival of Beer is taking place from 1 - 3 December 2017 at the Hamilton’s Rugby Club, Green Point and the cost is R150 per person.