The Cultured #5 – The De-Cider

We asked the Cultured Community, “Globally craft cider is one of the fastest growing alcohol categories, as consumers look for more natural, higher quality, lower alcohol alternatives. Regrettably South Africa is somewhat behind the pace on this phenomenon and the last three years have not seen the growth that craft cider should have seen on…

Mash No.9 – South Yeasters

I mash in with Carel van Heerden and Nick Reed. Champion home brewers, all round beerlovers and very active committee members of South Yeasters, a Cape Town based home brew club. These home brew clubs are non profit and driven by passionate people like Carel & Nick. They are the beating heart of the beer…

Et tu, Brut IPA

The IPA has certainly evolved from and continues to be conduit for innovation. The Brut IPA is its latest iteration, bone dry, effervescent, low bitterness with a vibrant aroma of American hops. Much like its name sake it resembles champagne in many ways and it could be another beer that helps unlock the the mental…

The Cultured #4 – Festivals – Who Wins?

We asked The Cultured Community this week how do festivals strike a balance between being an experience driven concept that allows for attendees to be educated through tasters and not having the vendors been taken advantage of and walking away with a loss? What is the best system that gives value to the customers, vendors…

The Cultured #3 – Ferm faves of 2018

We asked The Cultured Community what their best fermentation products of 2018 were? With an explosion of exciting products on the market recently it is a tough choice.  Stefan, from Little Wolf Brewery , jumped in surprisingly with a wine considering his current love and vocation is that of beer. He highlighted the flavour development…

Mash No.8 – Hey Joe

I mash in with Gavin Magrath and Anja Van Zyl who are about to open Hey Joe Brewing Company in  Franschhoek. The most anticipated brewery opening that I can remember. Nestled in the heart of one of SA’s most famous wine valleys the brewery is built in the Abbey Style and will literally be a…

The Cultured #2 Fermentation Benefits

Humans have been preserving food through fermentation for Thousands of years. Only now are the benefits of fermented food and drinks been researched.  We asked The Cultured Community what are the benefits of fermented food and beverages? Wayne Johnson of New Brixton Brewery, commented on fermented product’s social associations,” I find the social benefits the most…

The Cultured #1 Delicious Confusion

We asked The Cultured Community if different niche industries could collaborated under the one banner, Fermented, in the battle versus the bland? “What is the importance of community? And do the communities linked by the transformative process of fermentation have enough in common to create a thriving community?” For me, this chorus embodies the middle…

Mash No.7 – At Hops End

I mash in with Wendy and Julian Pienaar from Just Brewing and the organisers of the Beer Boot Camp who are currently setting up a brewpub in a stunning setting in the Modderfontein Nature Reserve. The Pienaars embody the pioneering spirit of our growing industry and are taking the leap of faith into full time…

Mash No.6 – Brewster’s Craft

In this Mash I chat with Apiwe Nxusani- Mawela from Brewster’s Craft. Apiwe is one of those people you meet you instantly realize that she is driven. Quiet and calm on the exterior she exudes passion for the industry.   A formally trained Master Brewer she rose through the ranks at SAB and then moving…

Beer Whisperer bids farewell to Beerhouse.

After five and half years the time has come for me to bid farewell to my beloved yellow house of beer. It has been a journey like no other which saw the best of times and the worst of times. We are the current guardians of the world’s oldest and greatest beverage and it’s been…

Mash No.5 – Poison City

Andre Shubert is a Durban based restaurateur and flavourist with a colourful and varied background who fell in love with beer while in UK. Inspired by local Pioneer Rui Esteves who founded Brewers & Union he and business partner Graeme Bird created Poison City Brewing. A contract brand that has worked with numerous Breweries around…