The Antarctic Goose: an award-winning beer made with Antarctic sea ice!

17 Nov 2021
17 Nov 2021


The annual Brewing & Tasting InterVarsity was hosted this year on the 22-24th October in Bloemfontein. The event was co-hosted by The South African Breweries (SAB), Central University of Technology (CUT) in association with University of the Free State (UFS). Each year between ten to fifteen different universities complete, from across South Africa. 

For the first time this year, the sour beer category was made available and the Brewing UCT team took upon this opportunity to create a Gose Beer, which is a historical style of beer which originated in Goslar, Germany, and is characterised by being sour with a restrained use of salt and coriander. They used the Antarctic sea ice donated by MARIS (alongside other contributors: UCT Polar Engineering Research Group, NRF, SANAP, DSI and DFFE) as the source of salt and named the unique concoction the Antarctic Goose as a tribute to the origin of the sea ice and a play on the Gose style name. 

And not only the Antarctic Goose came first in the Sour Beer Category, it also came second-best beer (out of approximately 50 entries) across all five beer categories submitted.

The UCT Brewing Team was made of: Jacolien Du Plessis, James Heydenrych, Octavious Baloyi, Stephen Cotterall, Nicole Uys, Gianluca Shaer, Mark Hambrock, Juarez Amaral-Filho, Obakeng Jona, Bryce McCall, Buhle Nxiwa, Kin de Kock, Sally Berge, Chris Knutsen & Fernand.