Check out the 2018 Craft Brewers Powwow PRESS KIT 2018

The Craft Brewers Powwow three day conference kicked off from the 11-13th May 2018 and featured speakers from around the world, included John Mallet from Bell’s Brewery in the US, Francois Smit from the SA Barley Breeding Institute, Frank Peifer from Hopsteiner and Adrian Robinson from Saggy Stone. The weekend kicked off with the homebrewers’ braai on Friday and ended on Sunday with a tour and tasting at Devil’s Peak’s new brewery in Epping. The weekend also featured two competitions – one for home brewers and one for craft brewers, and included an epic trip to Germany up for grabs for three very lucky (and talented) brewers.

Little Wolf Brewery won the overall grand prize trip to Germany which included flights, accommodation, food and beer for a full week. All sponsored by Weyermann® Speciality Malts, Hopsteiner, Bevplus and DematechSA. Runner up for the overall prize was Hoghouse Brewing Co. and bronze prize winner was home brewer Adrian Ryley.

Growing the SA Craft Beer Industry

Aimed at commercial craft brewers, home brewers and beer enthusiasts. The CBP (Craft Brewers Powwow) is for beer lovers of all shapes & sizes.

The Powwow exists to create a unified platform for quality, consistency and comradery in the craft beer industry. The conference included presentations from local and international speakers, educational workshops, brewery tour, delicious food and good fun!

This year, the Powwow has continued to provide a greener way of conferencing, by focusing on stringent waste management and recycling to using various non-polluting and water saving methods. The Powwow is held at the greenest hotel in Africa, Hotel Verde, Cape Town Airport which ensures that much of the conference is carbon neutral. “We tried our best to ensure that we achieved a sustainable conference,” says organizer, Sandy Pollock, “this included choosing a green venue, but also ensuring we did not print any brochures, menu's, posters or paper print. We also have not made use of any plastic water bottles or beer cups."

Hotel Verde is Africa's greenest hotel and the first hotel in Africa to offer carbon-neutral accommodation and conferencing, they offer a "zero waste to landfill" goal and use grey water recycling systems. All areas of staying green are considered when organizing the Craft Brewers Powwow.

The Powwow had two sets of annual awards: The Craft Brewers Awards showcased top South African craft brewers and their beers, whilst the Home Brewers Awards aimed at providing an opportunity for serious home brewers to be recognized for their time and talents.

Beer journalist, Lucy Corne (also known as the Brew Mistress) says “An event like this is exactly what the South African beer industry needs in order to grow,” says Lucy “I think the Powwow offers the perfect blend of learning and networking, making it appeal not only to commercial craft brewers but to home brewers and the everyday beer enthusiast.”

Read more from Lucy.

This year, at the 2018 Craft Brewers Powwow, we welcomed our Rockstar international key note speaker, John Mallet from the renowned Bell’s Brewery in the United States. We also welcomed various speakers such as Frank Peifer (Hopsteiner Germany) . Francois Smit (SABBI), Lauren Steytler (AB InBev), Adrian Robinson (Saggy Stone), Alan Melville (The RedRock Brewing co.), JC Steyn (Devil’s Peak Brewing Company), Apiwe Nxusani Mawela (Brewster's Craft), Aruna Singh (FlavorActiv), André Harms (Ecolution) and our Master of ceremonies Rob Heyns (League of Beers).

“The Powwow fills an important gap to educate the craft industry which helps to build the appreciation of beer,” says Bettie Lodolo, Central Laboratory Manager of AB InBev. “The Powwow clearly demonstrated to the Craft brewers that in order to be a successful beer company it takes more than just brewing the beer. Ultimately the systems behind the management and distribution thereof distinguishes success from failure.”



Prize Announcement!

This year's Craft Brewers Powwow prizes are EPIC! Three lucky winners won a once in a lifetime treat. Entrants of the Home & Craft Brewers awards won a return flight and accommodation to Bamberg, Germany! While there, they will visit top notch German suppliers like Weyermann Specialty Malts®, Hopsteiner Deutschland hop farms, Kaspar Schulz and more!

Winners under the Craft Brewers Awards category went into a lucky draw. First prize winner was Little Wolf Brewery who received 1x return ticket to Bamberg, Germany, accommodation, educational brewing seminar's, personal tour guide of Bamberg, transfers. He will enjoy plenty of traditional German food and of course the best German beer on offer! T's & C’s apply!

Second prize under the Craft Brewers Awards category went to HogHouse Brewery who received accommodation, educational brewing seminar's, personal tour guide of Bamberg, transfers. He will enjoy plenty of traditional German food and of course the best German beer on offer! (Excludes flight ticket) T's & C’s apply!

Winner under the Home Brewers Awards category was won by Matthew Savage, who will receive accommodation, educational brewing seminar's, personal tour guide of Bamberg, transfers. Winners will enjoy plenty of traditional German food and of course the best German beer on offer! (Excludes flight ticket) T's & C’s apply!


Full list of 2018 Home & Craft Brewers Award winners:

Home Brewers Gold Winners:

Helle/Lager/Pilsner Category: No Winner

Ale/Pale Ale Category: Adrian Ryley (Trump Ale)

Saison Category: Carel van Heerden (Apophis)

IPA Category: Adrian Ryley (Patriotic Passion)

Stout/Porter Category: Matthew Savage (Dark Confusion)

Wildcard Category: No Winner

Home Brewers Silver Winners:

Helle/Lager/Pilsner Category: Chris Pryor (Czech Premium Lager

Ale/Pale Ale Category: Isaac DiGennaro (Mosaic Pale Ale)

Saison Category: Cameronon Gray (Cape Saison)

IPA Category: Anthony Smith (Red Velvet)

Stout/Porter Category: Carel van Heerden (P is for Porter)

Wildcard Category: Anthony Smith (Sweet Dreams)

Craft Brewers Gold Winners:

Ale/Pale Ale Category: Little Wolf Brewery (Hoppy Wheat)

IPA Category: Hoghouse Brewing Co. (Worthog IPA)

Cider & Fruit Beer Category: Little Wolf Brewery (Hibiscus Cider)

Belgium Ales Category: Triggerfish Brewing (Crazy Diamond)

Stout/Porter Category: Franschhoek Beer Co. (Stout)

Weiss/Wit/Wheat Category: Cape Brewing Co. (CBC Amber Weiss)

Lager Category: Spilhaus Brewery (Spilhaus Oktoberfest Lager)

Pilsner Category: Striped Horse (Striped Horse Pilsner)

Craft Brewers Silver Winners:

Ale/Pale Ale Category: Dissident Brewing Co. (Dissident Golden Ale)

Ale/Pale Ale Category: Mitchell's Brewing (Mitchell's 90 Shilling Ale)

IPA Category: Drifter Brewing Co. (The Scallywag IPA)

Cider & Fruit Beer Category: No Silver Winner

Belgium Ales Category: Metal Lane Brewery (Belgian Golden Strong Ale)

Stout/Porter Category: Bridge Street Brewery (Black Dragon Double Chocolate Stout)

Weiss/Wit/Wheat: Brauhaus Damm (Brauhaus Weizen)

Lager Category: Newlands Spring Brewing Co. (Tribute Lager)

Lager Category: Cape Brewing Co. (CBC Lager)

Pilsner Category: Crafty Dee's Brewing Co. (Dee's Gold)

For Immediate release. News from Craft Brewers Powwow. For more information on the agenda, questions or request for high-res images, contact: Ursula Phillips Deyzel, +27 21 385 0483, marketing@craftbrewerspowwow.co.za

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