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Team CUTbrU wins Best African Wild Ale



Team CUTbrU wins Best African Wild Ale

Team CUTbrU wins Best African Wild Ale. The Central University of Technology, Free State’s beer brewing team, CUTbrU, achieved a remarkable feat by winning the best African Wild Ale category at this year Brewing and Tasting Intervarsity. The event, co-hosted by SAB and CUT, in collaboration with the Centre for Applied Food Security and Biotechnology (CAFSaB) and UFS, was held at the Bloemfontein Campus.

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A Celebration of Beer Culture and Brewing Excellence

In its 14th year, the competition aims to ignite students’ passion for brewing and beer culture. Judged according to the Beer Judge Certification Program (BJCP) style guide, the event drew participation from 12 universities, featuring 50 categories.

Preparation and Dedication Pay Off

CUTbrU success didn’t come easy. The team invested significant effort in preparations, familiarizing themselves with a new brewing system. Despite the challenges of adapting to a new system, the team embraced the learning experience. Last year, the competition was held online, making this year’s in-person event even more special as it provided an opportunity for participants to meet and engage with others in the brewing community.

Rising to the Challenge

As defending champions from the previous year, CUTbrU faced heightened competition. The team’s reputation preceded them, with other participants acknowledging their high standards. Despite the pressure, CUTbrU remained focused and determined to showcase their brewing prowess.

Triumph in Innovation

Winning the best African Wild Ale category validated CUTbrU’s confidence in their craft. Their entry stood out, impressing not only the judges but also beer enthusiasts in attendance. Guest speaker and judge, On Tap Magazine Editor Lucy Corne, praised the team’s innovation, noting the potential of this beer style to elevate South Africa’s brewing reputation globally.

Looking Ahead

The team victory in the African Wild Ale category marks a significant milestone. With plans to expand and refine their offerings, CUTbrU is poised to make a lasting impact on the beer industry. Their success reflects a commitment to excellence and a passion for brewing that continues to drive them forward.


CUTbrU triumph at the Brewing and Tasting Intervarsity underscores their commitment to excellence and innovation in brewing. As they continue to push boundaries and redefine South African beer culture, their victory serves as inspiration for aspiring brewers nationwide. With each accolade, they reinforce their position as trailblazers in the ever-evolving world of brewing.

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