Excited supporters, clients and friends gathered at the Hermanus Brewing Company on Friday afternoon to hear the announcement of the winners of the 2020 South African National Beer Trophy Awards. This year’s ceremony was a virtual one via Zoom but the good news was not appreciated any less, especially when it was announced that the Old Harbour Beer Dark Lager had won a silver medal. 

Above are the Hermanus Brewery team – Meschak Mbogwana (assistant brewer), Di Rattle (co-owner), Jay Ndike (head brewer) and James Rattle (co-owner) – drinking a toast to this “little brother” of Old Harbour Beer’s double-gold Lager. PHOTO: Taylum Meyer

It was the first time they’d entered their new baby and it made its parents, James and Di very proud – especially in these difficult times when it is estimated that 31% of craft beer breweries have had to close down due to the fall-out of the lockdown regulations. Many others have had to sell off equipment, retrench staff or move to cheaper premises. 

Congratulations to the Hermanus Brewery team, and to another Overberg brewery, the Old Potter’s Brewhouse in Greyton, which was awarded silver for their Stout, and a gold medal for their Plaas Japie Saison.

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