Darling Brew clinched two gold awards and a category trophy at the National Beer Trophy Awards held in Cape Town at the end of last month, for beers produced by their ground-breaking craft brewery located in Darling, a small town on the Cape West Coast.
The National Beer Trophy Awards is an annual event that attracts South Africa’s most innovative craft brewers for appraisals that aim to be fair, independent and reliable, and to give recognition to emerging brewers.
Judged according to Beer Judge Certification Program (BJCP) categories, Darling Brew’s Gypsy Mask, an assertive rusty brown ale with spicy hopping, achieved gold for being top in the Amber category.
The brewer’s Longclaw, a saison brewed in collaboration Eduardo Petry of Sunset Brew in Brazil, won gold in the Speciality category, and walked away with a trophy for being the highest scoring in that category overall.
Darling Brew Wins
Philippa and Kevin Wood, owners of Darling Brew, were thrilled with their wins. “We are extremely pleased to have achieved these top results in what is the only independent beer awards in South Africa” they said.
To ensure the highest standards, The National Beer Trophy awards are approved by an international body of accrediting judges, that offers an international endorsement of the results, in addition to providing a full audit of the markings.
Darling brew started in 2010 with their signature SLOW Beer. “Now, with awards such as these achieved by our beers, Gypsy Mask and Longclaw, we are reaping the rewards of our carefully considered approach to brewing beer,” Kevin said.
“This approach is adopted across the board at Darling Brew and we have a firm commitment to protecting the environment through all our processes.”
The Darling Brew Tasteroom & Brewery is located in the town of Darling, which is slightly more than an hour’s drive north of Cape Town. They’re open from Tuesday to Sunday (or Monday to Sunday during school holidays), but it’s advised to book before you go.