Discovering the Best Beer in South Africa

Beer of the Year — Afro Caribbean Jungle Paradise — was recently crowned in the African Beer Cup. This week, we asked our Twitter followers to tell us what their favorite beer is and Castle won with more than 40% of the votes. But what is the best beer in South Africa? My colleague Gabi is a little more beer savvy and prefers CBC Amber Weiss. Personally, I like a Black Label when I drink a strange beer.

But what are the most popular beers in South Africa? The list of the best-known, widely produced and popular beers in South Africa includes several bits of information about these South African beers, such as which brewery makes them and what percentage of alcohol the beers contain. Beer has a long history in South Africa, with a corporate history that dates back to the beginning of the 20th century. Judges for the African Beer Cup included BJCP judges, wine sommeliers, celebrity chefs, and cicerones (another beer judge certification program). The competition was tough and beers were judged according to international standards for several weeks.

The winner was Drifter Brewing Company's Stormy Smoked Porter. The largest beer in South Africa is Hansa Pilsner, which is a medium-bodied beer with a mild carbonation and the traditional malty flavor of a pilsner. Other beers commonly drunk in South Africa are Windhoek Lager, a Namibian beer brewed according to the Reinheitsgebot, as well as Tafel Lager, another import from Namibia. In recent years, commercially produced bantu beer powders have replaced kaffircorn malt in homebrewing and smaller industrial breweries.

This low-kilojoule, low-carb beer is crunchy with a slight bitterness and has a mild hoppy aroma. It is not known that the nutritional value of European beer is very close to that of bantu beer. As a result, the alcohol content of bantu beer increases after leaving the brewery and it is not uncommon to find that it contains more alcohol than allowed by law, i.e. 3% by weight or almost 4% by volume.Coming from the same microbrewery, The Space Llama double IPA recently won the Best Beer in Africa award.

So if you're looking for an award-winning beer experience in South Africa, this is one you won't want to miss!.