Chemical engineering students hope to rid themselves of their “hops hex” at this year’s Intervarsity Beer Brewing competition.

For the past two years the Wits team has come second to brewers from the University of Pretoria. Teams from universities across the country brew beers and compete in three categories: lager, ale and speciality.

Working on the three types for roughly two months now, team representative Langa Moyo said their work has put them in a good position to win.

“This year we are more than ready and we started early. We can taste [the beer] and see where it’s lacking and fix it in time,” he said.

Speaking about competition favourites and current winners of the Ben Lamaletie floating trophy, University of Pretoria, Moyo said: “University of Pretoria has been leading over the years and this year we are ready to give them some competition.”

Microbrewer and Wits Alumni Anthony Higginson who is assisting the students said: “They are doing well and hopefully we will win this year.”

Although the competition is about beer brewing, the teams will also be judged and awarded for the best labels.

Team organiser and PhD student Diakanua Nkazi said even though the team is on the right track with their beer production they will need help with designing the label and naming the beers.

Nkazi said it would be a “great help” if students who are keen to help design the label would assist the team

Students who want to find out more information about the designs and name suggestions can e-mail Nkazi on:

Publishes in Vuvuzela 17th edition, 27 July 2012