Live Culture Grand Cru has been named the best craft beer in Africa. The locally produced beer was awarded first prize at the 2022 African Beer Cup competition.
There were 250 entries from 14 other countries on the continent, but the beer produced by Soul Barrel Brewing won. Judges said that the beer’s winning quality is that it uses 100% South African ingredients.
Food24 reports that Live Culture Grand Cru is a barrel-aged farmhouse ale fermented with wild yeast indigenous to the Simondium-based brewery. It is brewed with barley from Caledon alongside citrus fynbos and hops grown in Soul Barrel’s beer garden.
Nick Smith, Soul Barrel Brewing’s founder and brewer said that winning “Best Beer In Africa” is significant.
“The African Beer Cup is the most competitive, intense beer competition on the continent with some of the best judges in the world. We are so proud to have won with a beer that features our very own malt and hops as well as fynbos from our garden.”
Botswana’s Okavango Crat Brewery won gold for their Old Bull Stout in the special award category for a brewery that showcases traditional African ingredients in a beer.
The Beer Association of South Africa sponsored a non-alcoholic category where Heineken was awarded the silver medal for its Heineken 0.0 and Signal Hill Products was awarded with the bronze for its Devil’s Peak To The Sea Non-Alc India Pale Ale.
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