The Cultured #9 Who moved my Cheese?

We asked The Cultured Community, Why is cheese so delicious? What are your favourite types of cheese and why? Any local cheese varieties that we must try? Where to go for the best cheese in SA? Last week we welcomed Luke Williams to the community. Luke was the founder and driving passion behind the popular…

Rand a Metre – Pay it forward

Sponsor me a Rand a metre for the Cape Mile Swimming race on the 17th Feb. The funds raised will go towards my Nanny’s daughter Alizwa’s once in a life time school trip. I don’t often do endurance sport in fact if you read my previous blog ‘The Battle of Long Claw’ you will realize…

The Cultured #8 – In Celebration of Beer

Last Saturday South African celebrated National Beer Day (SANBeerDay). An amazing initiative started by community member Lucy Corne in 2017 as a way to celebrate beer and all the wonderful passionate folk that have been pushing our industry forward. This year saw over 100 events around the country and it really felt like the beer…

The Cultured #7 – What ya Fermenting?

Last week we asked The Cultured Community what fermenting projects they had on the go? Fermenting at home is a hobby to many and the community is about sharing of knowledge and experiences while also getting exposed to the professionals through meet-ups and demos. First off let’s explore what is Fermentation? The Noma Guide to…

The Cultured #6 – Bread of Heaven

Last week The Cultured Community had a discussion on bread. Something that has been apart of civilisation since the first days.It is argued we moved away from our nomadic roots to start cultivating grain for production of bread or though others will argue it was in fact beer. Either way bread is a very big…

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…

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…

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…