When it comes to beer, South Africa has a lot to offer. From the award-winning Carling Black Label to the beloved Castle Lite, there is something for everyone. This week we asked our Twitter followers to tell us what their favorite beer is and Castle was the clear winner with more than 40% of the votes. But which beer is the most popular in South Africa? The answer is not so simple.
While Castle may be the most popular among our Twitter followers, the best beer in Africa was crowned earlier this month at the African Beer Cup. Drifter Brewing Company, based in Cape Town, won with their Stormy Smoked Porter. Stella Lager is also a popular choice in Egypt, while craft beers are gaining traction in South Africa. The history of beer in South Africa is a long and varied one.
Dutch and British immigrants have contributed to the development of the industry, while National Sorghum Breweries (NSB) was the first new player in more than ten years when it was founded in 1990. Castle Lager has been the predominant beer in South Africa for decades and is still very popular today. Phoenix beer, launched in 1963, was the first beer ever made in the island nation and has since become a favorite around the world. So which is the most selling beer in South Africa? It's hard to say definitively, as different beers appeal to different people. Carling Black Label is certainly one of the most awarded beers in the country with 20 prestigious international awards to its name.
Castle Lite has become a favorite among younger generations due to its low-kilojoule and low-carb content. Hansa Pilsner is a medium-bodied beer with a mild carbonation and traditional malty flavor that appeals to many. At the end of the day, it's up to you to decide which beer you prefer. With over 200 craft breweries now operating in South Africa, there is a huge variety of good quality craft beer available for you to try.
So why not explore your options and find your favorite?.