[Press Release I wrote for Stellenbosch Brewery]
Stellenbosch Brewing Company’s Honderhok Bock is this year’s winner of the South African National Beer Trophy Competition. In addition to winning the coveted Beer of the Year award, the same brew also won a Gold medal and the trophy for Best Beer in the Amber Category. Their Stellies Mass Hoppiness IPA won a silver medal. These stunning victories were achieved in a very competitive field: 199 beers entered the competition from 64 breweries in six provinces. The victory was even more profound because Stellies beat other, more established brewers like Devil’s Peak, CBC, Darling Brew and Mitchell’s. And it was only their second year of partaking in the competition.
“This is an amazing achievement,” said Bruce Collins, Founder and Master Brewer of Stellenbosch Brewing Company. “It still feels completely surreal. I’ve always believed in our products but to be recognised in this way, so early in our journey, is a very happy and proud moment.” Continue reading