Brewery take top honours

2019-08-22 06:01
Leading craft beer producer and Brewhaha JBay co-owner, Marius Deetlefs (right), walked away with silver for his brews Stormy Seas (IPA) and Endless Summer (Blonde Ale) at the recent 2019 South African National Beer Trophy (SANBT) awards. With him is Jean Vincent Ridon.          Photo:SUPPLIED

Leading craft beer producer and Brewhaha JBay co-owner, Marius Deetlefs (right), walked away with silver for his brews Stormy Seas (IPA) and Endless Summer (Blonde Ale) at the recent 2019 South African National Beer Trophy (SANBT) awards. With him is Jean Vincent Ridon. Photo:SUPPLIED

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RAISE your glass . . .

Jeffreys Bay boasts some of the top craft beers in the country – if not the best.

Leading the way with their unique craft beers, Brewhaha JBay won top awards at the recent 2019 South African National Beer Trophy (SANBT) awards: silver for Stormy Seas (IPA) and silver for Endless Summer (Blonde Ale).

In 2018, they walked away with gold for their brew Stormy Seas (IPA) and silver for Moonlit Beach (American Wheat Beer) and Endless Summer (Blonde Ale).

The SANBT is South Africa’s premier beer competition and it is the driving force behind the rise in beer quality and consistency.

Beers are judged out of 50 according to the BJCP guide, which outlines every beer style in great detail.

In order to win a silver medal, the pass mark is 39/50, and for gold it is 41/50. Judging took place over several weeks by 25 judges, including BJCP judges, wine sommeliers, celebrity chefs and Cicerones (another beer judge certification programme).

On winning the awards, Brewhaha co-owner and brewmaster Marius Deetlefs, says, “I am over the moon. I have worked hard to develop my recipes since we started brewing in 2016. The medals communicate to our local supporters that we were not a one-hit-wonder last year.

“The competition is fierce and we are up against the giants in the industry. For us as a baby brewery, the medals are so encouraging and people in the industry take note of us here in Jeffreys Bay.

“The medals encourage us to keep pushing ourselves to brew even greater beer. I believe that being innovative with new beers is the way forward. I believe it is important for our loyal customers to taste and experience just how far we can take our craft.”

According to Deetlefs, Brewhaha - who added a new 1 000l fermenter to keep up with the demand, did the best of any other brewery in the Eastern Cape.

Their winning recipe? “One word: consistency!” says Deetlefs.

“You have to be able to brew good beer on a consistent basis. We use only grain from Belgium, as well as hops from the United States and Europe. You may have a winning recipe in hand, but the ingredients can let you down big time – it is usually the part young brewers overlook.”

Brewhaha just added a brand new beer to their existing range, a smoke lager aptly named O’le Smokey by Deetlefs daughter, Elmi.

“It is something unique and we absolutely love the result, as well do our local supporters.

“We used a Beech Smoked Malt that brings a subtle flavour of BBQ or even bacon. The smokey flavour is not too much or overpowering, but balances nicely with the other malt. Its available on tap at Brewhaha Restaurant.

“We also relaunched our chocolate Porter that is a great beer for the cold winter months.”

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