A huge, hearty congratulations to Goodwill Nzuza, who has placed sixth overall at the Stella Artois National Pour Off in Johannesburg.
Goodwill, our friendly barman, attended with Bar Manager Trevor Moodley and poured an outstanding draught; after Simbithi was listed in the top regional bars following a mystery visit.
Goodwill represented Simbithi Country Club on Wednesday, 12 December at the Stella Challenge held at SAB headquarters in Johannesburg. The event is the first annual competition to determine the perfect pourer of Stella Artois in accordance with their 9-step pouring ritual. Eighteen barmen from all over South Africa and even Zimbabwe were chosen to face off against each other.
The event was was electric and in front of a live audience, which added to pressure. The judges, including a Belgian Master pourer, really put the challengers through their paces. Goodwill made it though the first round with ease. Eight were eliminated at this stage leaving him in the top six. Unfortunately he succumbed by mere milliseconds to a competitor in the semifinals. The winner hails from the Steak and Ale pub in Umhlanga, so at least we can take solice in the fact that Kzn reigns supreme over the other provinces.
Goodwill flew up to the event, a first for him. He had an amazing room, all expenses paid, at the Fire and Ice Hotel in Melrose Arch and a celebratory dinner for all competitors at the Local Grill in Parktown. A truly amazing experience on the whole.
Goodwill Nzuza represented himself and Simbithi Country Club with pride and honour.
Here’s looking forward to next years event.
Well done 'King' Goodwill: we are so proud of you!