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A Beverage Industry Podcast with Holger Meier
A Beverage Industry Podcast with Holger Meier. Brought to you by holger.co.za
Feb 20, 2020
Episode 59: Ryan Williams - Gydo.me
A Beverage Industry Podcast with Holger Meier Today's guest is Ryan Williams the founder of Gydo.me. Gydo is a app the enables you to buy a frined a beer at his favourite brewery or winery.
Dec 10, 2019
Episode 58: Robert Greaves Mhoba Rum
A Beverage Industry Podcast with Holger Meier Holger visits the Mhoba Rum Distillery on the Greaves Family Farm near Malelane Mhoba is a farm to bottle, hand-made sugarcane rum made on the Greaves Family Farm near Malelane in the Lowveld. After trying to market and promote Mhoba in South Africa, the bulk of the Mhoba Rum is now exported to France. La Maison du Whisky, Mhoba’s partner is also the sole distributor of major whisky brands such as The Dalmore, Jura, Compass Box and Nikka. Listen to my podcast interview with Robert Greaves on Pocket Casts or your favourite Podcasting App. We talk about authentic rum and ponder about ways in which we could help retailers in South Africa sell more rum. Robert has a very interesting story and is a mine of knowledge. Well worth a listen.
Nov 19, 2019
Episode 57: Tanya Cruse - Gin & Co
A Beverage Industry Podcast with Holger Meier Holger visits Tanya Cruse at her new concept store, Gin & Co in the Casterbridge Centre in White River. Gin & Co is the home of Dollie Gin and Rottcher Winery. Gin & Co offers gin tastings as well as retail sales of local craft gin and rums.
Oct 30, 2019
Episode 56: Dario Scilipoti - Bluebird Coffee Roastery
A Beverage Industry Podcast with Holger Meier Dario Scilipoti, the founder of Bluebird Coffee Roastery is our guest today. Bluebird Coffee Roastery was awarded the coveted Best New Roastery award at the prestigious FNB Coffee Magazine gala event recently. Dario talks about his journey and explains the technical aspects of roasting coffee. Coffee supply chain is very complicated and not very transparent. Dario hopes to change this. The way that coffee is being traded around the world is really unsustainable. Coffee is often traded at below the cost price. The commodity price of coffee has actually decrease over the last 20 years. As a roaster, Dario wants to support as supply chain that is sustainable. Dario explains that the big brands are masters of consistency whereas the specialy brands are masters at offering a flavour experiences. Dario explains: Third wave coffee - connecting the consumer directly with the coffee Gourmet Coffee - marketing term Specialty Coffee - rated at more 80 by Q-raters Bluebird Coffe is available at: Hillcrest Kwikspar Salt Rock Coffee company
Oct 21, 2019
Episode 55: Rob Heyns - Puts cool craft stuff in a box and then ships it!
Rob Heyns is back, and explains to us how he is helping retailers find interesting solutions for their problems. We talk about getting funding and raising capital. Rob shares his vision about creating a canning "ecosystem" for his latest business, the TinyKeg mobile canning business. Variety at a good price rather than quantity at a good price, is the motto! Watch Building A Brand: https://youtu.be/mxgOY2Ms-YI
Oct 3, 2019
Episode 54: John Murray - International Cider Maker
A Beverage Industry Podcast with Holger Meier Podcasting time with John M Murray. John's long career in cider making has taken him to 83 countries around the world. John worked for HP Bulmer, once the world largest cider maker, for forty years. In the 1980's John opened a cider mill in Elgin and in the late 1990's he was part of the team that opened the Bulmer SA cider plant in Centurion (situated next to the old Bavaria Brau brewery).
Oct 1, 2019
Episode 53: Sean Wakeford - Bierfassl
A Beverage Industry Podcast with Holger Meier Sean Wakeford one of Holger's oldest industry friends is a guest in this episode. We take a walk down memory lane, from the days at the Crossways Hotel to Bierfassl were he has just celebrated his 20th year anniversary. Stubbornly unique, makes it stand out and difficult to copy and difficult to compete. There must be a reason for people to visit your outlet. What makes your outlet unique. Next time you visit the Bierfassl ask for an Eisbein, a Erdinger Weissbier and a Kleiner Keiler or a merry mountain goat. Sean is always willing to try new ideas and believes in offering his customers something that they can treat themselves with. Sean reminded me our trip the Wartburger Hof and he tells me that I insisted that he had to Wartburg before he was qualified to open the Bierfasl. Both Sean and Holger turn 50 years old this year and are now official industry veterans.
Sep 30, 2019
Episode 52: Alwyn Liebenberg - Lieben Wine and Gin
A Beverage Industry Podcast with Holger Meier Our guest Alwyn Liebenberg studied transport economics at University and then worked in the distribution department of SAB Polokwane. Alwyn has a passion for port and wines. He has made many trips to Portugal and has worked at numerous distillers and wine businesses. Alwyn believes blending is the key to making great products and believes he learned this valuable lesson from the Portugese. Alwyn takes us on adventure of starting a bootstrapping wine and gin adventure. Alwyn sees himself as the Uber of winemaking. Alwayn shares with us how he started a a wine and gin business in the new “Uber” economy. He obviously refers to the new Sharing Economy which is the term used for the new economy where you don't own a farm, a warehouse a distillery. Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Sailor http://lieben.wine/
Sep 13, 2019
Episode 51: Get connected: Introducing the DrinksBiz Network and community
A Beverage Industry Podcast with Holger Meier. The beverage industry does not have a formal association for business owners and industry professionals, making it hard to find information and making the right connections in the industry. Holger introduces the DrinksBiz community for business owners and and professionals and explains how this can add value to your business. For more information visit www.drinksbiz.co.za Find out more at https://holger.pinecast.co
Sep 13, 2019
Episode 50: Mic turnaround: Holger Meier with Brenda Meier
A Beverage Industry Podcast with Holger Meier To celebrate our wedding anniversary, we are reversing the mics and Brenda is in the studio to interview Holger. Join us to listen to Holger's story.
Sep 10, 2019
Episode 49: Jan-Nico Coetzee - Meander Fine Wines
A Beverage Industry Podcast with Holger Meier We caught up with Jan-Nico Coetzee, KwaZulu-Natal's favourite wine ou, before his move back to the Cape. We talk wine, craft beer and gin with Jan-Nico. Jan-Nico proudly tells us about the progress the local Kzn wine farms are making.
Sep 8, 2019
Episode 48: Louis Peters - Sales Development Manager Africa and Adventurer
A Beverage Industry Podcast with Holger Meier From South Sudan to Cambodia, our guest, Louis Peters, loves working with beer sales teams. Louis started his beer career as a SAB sales rep east of Pretoria, but soon was appointed to his dream and was responsible for training sales teams for SAB all over Africa. From Tanzania to war-torn South Sudan, and selling traditional beer in Botswana and Kwa-Zulu Natal, Louis is a hands on sales expert and adventurer who even sold wine in Ethiopia. Another call from the SAB old boys club and Louis was off to South East Asia, to help a 5 million hectolitre-family brewery in Cambodia. Not only for the Beverage Industry Professionals and Entrepreneurs.
1 hr 1 min
Sep 5, 2019
Episode 47: Dirk Prinsloo - Floating Dutchman Rum
A Beverage Industry Podcast with Holger Meier Dirk Prinsloo is the distiller of Floating Dutchman Rum. Floating Dutchman Rum is distilled at Frankenstill Distillery based at Triggerfish Brewing in Somerset West. Dirk explains, in detail, how he distills his rum using locally sourced ingredients and then rests the rum in locally sourced red wine barrels. Rum is a very interesting spirit, but it is still a very young spirit in South Africa, so look out for some exciting stuff in the next few years. Someone needs to start a TIKI Bar. Dirk always tries to have some interesting Floating Dutchman cocktails on tap at the Triggerfish Taproom.
Sep 4, 2019
Episode 46: Tony da Costa - Liquor City Claremont
A Beverage Industry Podcast with Holger Meier Listen to Tony da Costa owner of Liquor City Claremont, one of my favourite speciality liquor stores in South Africa. Tony does so much of what we stand for and teach at DrinksBiz. Tony da Costa opened his little Liquor City Claremont and an OK store only 7 years ago. From the beginning Tony focused on service and on being different. Tony’s team has a tremendous amount of product knowledge and always try use their knowledge to help and up-sell their customers. From the start Tony did not want a typical Liquor Store to compete with Chain Stores, he wanted something different. When asked if anyone can copy this concept, Tony thinks he is lucky to be in a good area, but everyone can make a success by being different and supporting smaller brands. BUT it is not easy. It is a FULL TIME business placing orders and find new brands. The bottle store does 2.5 times the turnover of a supermarket. Tony has 3 people who are employed to place the 30…
Aug 29, 2019
Episode 45: Simon von Witt - Distillers Union
A Beverage Industry Podcast with Holger Meier Today's guest is craft gin pioneer, Simon von Witt, who started making liqueurs after enjoying aperitifs in Italy. His first taste of Inverroche Gin inspired him to start experimenting with Gin. Simon founded the Woodstock Gin Co which he sold to E Snell & Co and he is now working on a range of new brands for Distillers Union, his new distillery.
Aug 26, 2019
Episode 44: Bryce Kennard - Copper Republic Distilling Co
A Beverage Industry Podcast with Holger Meier Interesting conversation with Bryce Kennard, the founder of Copper Republic Distilling Co. Bryce a former pub owner who started his beverage career exporting cheap spirits into Africa has made a complete turnaround now makes super-premium spirits with awesome packaging.
Aug 23, 2019
Episode 43: Ludgero da Cruz - Covert Distributors
A Beverage Industry Podcast with Holger Meier Unofficial ambassador of Brazil's national cocktail, Ludgero Da Cruz, master salesman and storyteller, joins us in this episode of the DrinksBiz Podcast. Ludgero is a veteran of the Beverage Industry and one of the founders of Covert Distributions, importers of Arbikie Distillery's range, Cachaça da Tulha and Richland Rum.
Aug 21, 2019
Episode 42: Kaspar Hagedorn – Knut Hansen Dry Gin
A Beverage Industry Podcast with Holger Meier Kasper Hagedorn, one of the founders of Knut Hansen Dry Gin, joins us on this episode of the DrinksBiz Podcast, from Munich. Kasper shares his journey of starting a world class gin brand in Germany in the beautiful stoneware bottle with the picture of the famous Hamburg sailor. Knut Hansen is now available in more than 15 countries, including South Africa. Kasper tells us that they were able to outsource most parts of the business. Just last our last guest, Grant McMurray from Zululand Distilling Co, Kasper and Martin have just taken delivery of their brand new still from Arnold Holstein GmbH. The distillery will be in Lokstedt, Hamburg.
Aug 19, 2019
Episode 41: Grant McMurray - Zululand Distillery
A Beverage Industry Podcast with Holger Meier Grant McMurray, the founder of Zululand Distillery, joins us in this show. Grant is a successful entrepreneur who started a distillery as a way to add value to his sugarcane crop. Grant talks to us about his essential oils business, SOIL and the challenges they have had launching Tapanga Rum.
Aug 16, 2019
Episode 40: Trevor Bruns - Whisler Rum
A Beverage Industry Podcast with Holger Meier Philosophy of rum Whistling your own tune. Like all good stories this story starts sipping a poor rum. South Africans had very little access to rum culture. It’s great to know that we now have 8 distilleries that focus on producing rum. THE RULES FOR AFRICAN STYLE RUM The rum must be distilled, aged and matured in Africa, Only use equipment designed and manufactured by Africans, Distilled by a born and bred African master distiller, Distilled using only African sourced sugar cane and sugar cane byproducts, Distilled to no more than 170 proof, Matured in barrels that previously contained other African spirits. Difficult to reach rum fanatics. Festivals at: Klein Kaap in Centurion Showmanagers lanseria Rum finished in a Boplaas whisky barrel with Daniel Nel
Aug 14, 2019
Episode 39: Inacio de Gouveia - Woodstock Direct
A Beverage Industry Podcast with Holger Meier Inacio de Gouveia manages Woodstock direct, a craft beer and gin wholesaler and Woodstock Liquors, a specialist liquor retailer in the heart of Woodstock, Cape Town. Inacio shares his journey from working in bars and restaurants in London and Cape Town, to working as a sales rep and eventually starting a distribution and retail business. Inacio is a great supporter of the craft industry.
Aug 7, 2019
Episode 38: Aslina Wines by Ntsiki Biyela
In today's show we talk to Ntsiki Biyela. Ntsiki Biyela grew up in Mahlabathini, a small rural village in northern KwaZulu-Natal, not far from where I grew up on the edge of the Pongola River on the northern border of KwaZulu-Natal. Ntsiki was awarded an SAA scholarship to study at Stellenbosch University. Ntsiki shares her journey of studying at an Afrikaans university, to become the first black female wine maker in South Africa.
Aug 5, 2019
Episode 37: Sean O'Connor - Mindful Drinking Festival
Is Mindful Drinking the “Next Big Thing”? Sean O’Connor the organiser of the Mindful Drinking Festival agrees with me. We both think the low and non alcoholic drinks category is something that retailers have to watch out for. Find out more about Sean and his event at https://www.mindfuldrinking.co.za/
Aug 5, 2019
Episode 36: Yvonne Bittmann-Steyn - Team Inverroche Germany
In today's show we are joined by Yvonne Bittman-Steyn, the German importer of Inverroche Gin. Yvonne has been a supporter of Inverroche Gin since she first saw the product at the Wine Village in Hermanus. Yvonne's family business, Südafrika Genuss, has been importing Inverroche Gin since 2011. For more information about Südafrika Genuss visit: https://suedafrika-genuss.de/ and to find out more about Susanne Schneider and Springfontein Eats visit: http://www.springfontein.co.za/content/springfontein-eats
Jul 31, 2019
Episode 35: Lorna Scott - Inverroche Distillery
In today's show we are joined by Lorna Scott, founder of Inverroche Distillery. We talk to Lorna about her journey and about the news that Pernod Ricard has acquired a share in the business. A Beverage Industry Podcast with Holger Meier
Jul 31, 2019
Episode 34: [Best of] Myles Oelofse - How to import beer in South Africa?
A Beverage Industry Podcast with Holger Meier Today's questions is: How to import beer into South Africa. Myles Oelofse of Nordic Craft imports Mikkeller beer from Denmark. Holger asked Myles to help answer the question, as he has just been through the whole process. Myles recommends starting the process with obtaining the NLA (National Liquor Authority) distributors licence from the DTI in Pretoria. He further explains how the new tariff code procedure has been changed by SARS. Importers now need a tariff code. Myles is married to a Dane and studied in Copenhagen where he met the founders of Mikkeller Beer and they belonged to a beer club. Mikkeller now exports his beers to over 50 countries worldwide and he has opened a number of bars around the world: http://mikkeller.dk/locations/ Myles not only offers valuable lessons of how to import beer, but he also shares his story of how he ended up importing this world famous beer to South Africa.
Mar 31, 2019
Episode 33: Llewellyn Devereaux - Saving us from Hangovers
In this episode we meet the founders of Lohocla at The Landmark in Bryanston. These three young and dynamic entrepreneurs have been working to rid the world of hangovers since 2013. Holger gets a chance to taste the "LifeSaver". Lohocla™ (alcohol spelt backwards) is the world's first premium anti-hangover shooter. Its best to consume Lohocla after the party/before you sleep for the best results in preventing hangover symptoms, but we know people forget, so it can also be drank in the morning and sometimes some serious people might need to drink both before they sleep and when they wake up.
Mar 14, 2019
Episode 32: Hendre' Barnard - Distillique
Today's guest is Hendre' Barnard, Training and Marketing Manager at Distillique. https://www.facebook.com/hendre.barnard Southern African Craft Distilling Institute www.sacdi.co.za Distillique Beverages www.distillique.co.za
1 hr 11 min
Mar 4, 2019
Episode 31: Mark Taverner, The Moonshine Man - Silver Creek Distillery
GET YOUR SHINE ON! In this Podcast we head West. And hidden deep inside an old abandoned Mine building we find The Moonshine Man, Mark Taverner. Let's learn more about Moonshine. We visit Silver Creek Craft Distillery and talk Moonshine with the Moonshine Man, Mark Taverner, who studied at Moonshine University and named his Craft Distillery after the Silver Creek Mountain Band (with permission). Subscribe to our podcast holger.co.za/podcast
Feb 3, 2019
Episode 30: Jacqueline Grobler - Ginifer Gin
030 Jacqueline Grobler In this podcast Jacqueline Grobler shares the story of how she ends up in the Gin and alcohol business with . The journey takes us from her backyard to a state of the art distillery in Johannesburg. If you ever get the opportunity to visit Angel Heart in Linbro Park you must do so. Jax has an amazing set up and lots of passion for the industry. Thanks Jacqueline, you are always a great host!
Dec 10, 2018
Episode 29: Michael Olivier - www.michaelolivier.co.za
Today we have Michael Olivier, South Africa's much loved wine and food commentator on the show. (https://www.michaelolivier.co.za) (https://www.instagram.com/manmetdiepan)
Nov 28, 2018
Episode 28: Andre van Heerden - Duke Gin
Episode Notes Andre van Heerden bought a farm to allow his wife to start a rose garden, which is now a successful farm, lodge, restaurant, distillery and farm stall.
Oct 19, 2018
Episode 27: João Fernandes De Jesus - Camperdown Superspar
Episode Notes João Fernandes De Jesus started working in Camperdown Bottles Store at the tender age of 12. And today João still works there but now there is a Superspar, a Tops and a shopping centre, N3 City. Listen to João's journey and his plans with N3 City.
Nov 17, 2017
Episode 26: Jose De Sousa - Cool Products
Jose de Souza from Cool Products in Pinetown is our guest today. Jose tells us how he started a night club and ended up owning a liquor company.
Nov 14, 2017
Episode 25: Peter Hoyer - Windhoek Beer Importer
Peter started working in the bottling and blending facility behind, what we today know as Liberty Liquor Argyle Road. Peter's grandfather was a director of E Snell & Co and his father, a charted accountant, owned Montana Cellars before it became Liberty Liquors. The Hoyers started importing and distributing Windhoek Beers in 1993. Peter is now semi-retired but looking forward to a new adventure in the liquor industry.
Nov 6, 2017
Episode 24: Johannes le Roux - The Duchess Virgin Gin & Tonic
Johannes is the founder of Brannas Draught and The Duchess.
Nov 5, 2017
Episode 23: Rolf Zeitvogel - Triple Three Estate Distillery
We continue our series on beverage entrepreneurs and we talk to Rolf Zeitvogel, Cellar Master & Managing Director at Blaauwklippen Vineyards and Master Distiller & Managing Director of Triple Three Estate Distillery.
Nov 5, 2017
Episode 22: Rob Heyns - The League of Beers
In our current series on drinks entrepreneurs, we talk to Rob Heyns founder of The League of Beers. Rob talks to us about his love for entrepreneurship and how he started The League of Beers, sold it to Yuppiechef and how they struggled to turn this eCommerce venture into a profitable business. In Rob's latest project he launches Sugarbird Fynbos Gin with a crowdfunding project on Thundafund.
Nov 3, 2017
Episode 21: Trevor Gerntholz - The Old Potter's Inn Brewery
Biertjies en Niertjies with Trevor. A nephrologist during the week, Trevor retreats to Greyton on weekends to brew beer.
Nov 1, 2017
Episode 20: HRH Luitpold Prince of Bavaria - Schlossbrauerei Kaltenberg
Today's guest is HRH Luitpold Prinz von Bayern, the great-grandson of the last King of Bavaria, Ludwig III, and the CEO of König Ludwig GmbH & Co. KG Schloßbrauerei Kaltenberg The Wittelsbach's, one of the oldest royal families in Germany, ruled Bavaria
Oct 25, 2017
Episode 19: Chris Schädle - Siggi's German Restaurant and Bar
Chris Schädle is a German trained chef and owner of Siggi's German Restaurant and Bar in Salt Rock, Kwa Zulu-Natal. Born in Germany, Chris grew up on the East Rand, attended a chef school in Munich and then worked at the family owned Wartburger Hof Hotel
Oct 17, 2017
Episode 18: Florian Leykauf - Bavarian Beer Culture
Holger chat’s to Florian Leykauf about beer culture and in particular about German beer culture, focusing on beer culture in Florian’s hometown of Munich. The most important beer style in Munich is Helles and the Augustines Helles being the local favouri
Oct 17, 2017
Episode 17: Myles Oelofse - Lessons in importing beer into South Africa
Today's questions in the ask Holger show is: How to import beer into South Africa. Myles Oelofse of Nordic Craft imports Mikkeller beer from Denmark. Holger asked Myles to help answer the question, as he has just been through the whole process.
Oct 16, 2017
Episode 16: Gary Amstutz - SA's eCommerce Veteran
Holger Meier and Gary Amstutz discuss online retailing. Gary is the founder of Rubberstampsa.co.za and many other successful retail sites. Gary started his retailer in 2005.
Oct 14, 2017
Episode 15: Andrew Rall - Distillery 031
Today Holger talks to Andrew Rall founder of KwaZulu-Natal's first micro distillery, Distillery 031 in The Foundry, 43 Station Road, Durban. Andrew tells us about how he started the distillery and about his urban renewal project at The Foundry.
1 hr 5 min
Oct 12, 2017
Episode 14: Lauren Hendrie - Midlands Distillery
Today's guest is Lauren Hendrie from Midlands Distillery in Crammond. Angelo and Lauren started the distillery in 2016 and they have just received their license and they have just launched their Bootlegger Moonshine.
Oct 10, 2017
Episode 13: Trevor Maarschalk - 1000 Hills Brewing Company
Today we chat with Trevor Maarschalk, the new owner of the 1000 Hill Chef School and the 1000 Hills Brewery. The Brewery and Deli are open: Friday to Sunday from 08:00 to 16:30. Find them at 4 Wootton Ave, Bothas Hill Other breweries to visit in Durban include: Robsonson's Brewery on Point That Brewing Company in Station Road Standeaven Brewery at the Shongweni Market Toti Brewing Company
Sep 26, 2017
Episode 12: Rob Riedlinger - Monk Media
Rob Riedlinger has been printing and publishing books for over 20 years. Rob was key in getting The Beer Book published. Rob and Holger Chat about publishing, new media and digital marketing.
Sep 7, 2017
Episode 11: Hanneli van der Merwe + Chris Wium
In today’s show, we chat to Hanneli van der Merwe + Chris Wium the founders and owners of Quin Finest Indian Tonic Water. Hanneli tells us how to make your own tonic and how she started this new drinks company.
1 hr 25 min
Aug 25, 2017
Episode 10: Warren Harries-Jones - Dragon Ginger Beer
Holger talks to Warren Harries-Jones founder of Dragon Fiery Ginger Beer. Warren is an engineer as well as a charted accountant. Warren started Dragon Ginger in his kitchen in Melkbos in 2011. The brand is now available in most decent bottle stores and pubs. Warren and Marco have just returned from a successful trip to Europe and have returned with some export orders.
1 hr 6 min
Jun 5, 2017
Episode 9: Delron Buckley - International Football Star
Talking Fussball, Bundesliga, Bafana and a bit of Weissbier with Delron Buckley. Oh and the new book... "Delron Buckley My Life"
May 28, 2017
Episode 8: Kieran Treacy - Zambezi Beverages
From selling Computer hardware to selling Zambezi Lager. We chat to Kieran Tracy, who started Zambezi Beverages in 1991/2 just when National Breweries started making Zambezi Lager. Kieran distributed brands like Zambezi, Two Dogs with Mike Hayesman, Sol, Bollingers. Hear how Kieran managed to sell a 30 - 40 containers of Zambezi Lager when the Taverner’s Association had a dispute with SAB, which lead to a boycott of SAB products during the December 1993 period. We chat about the Africa Pack from SAB. Kieran then started importing Seltzer, an Icelandic water in a clear can in 1996, followed by Snapple and Monster.
May 19, 2017
Episode 7: Robert Mitchell - KEG & Thistle
In todays show Holger chats to Robert Mitchell, who was involved in a number of landmark restaurants and pubs in South Africa, including The Kegs, Joe Kools, Billy The BUMS, Stokers Arms, The Firkin, Waxy O'Connors, Station Masters and Old Main Brewery.
May 11, 2017
Episode 6: Graeme "Surfing" Bird - Poison City Brewing
Durban Poison is a finger in the face of conformity. “Amongst the iconic South African Cities, Durban is the ugly sister, less beautiful than Cape Town and poorer than Johannesburg, but this edgy industrial city, near the beach and by the country, is in its own way beautiful amongst the sisters, she’s the keeper.” Poison City is a lifestyle brand built around Durban and its surfing lifestyle. Poison City: Holger talks to Graeme "Surfing" Bird from Poison City Brewing about what makes Durban famous: Is it the harbour, Johnny’s Chip & Cheese Roti's, no it's Surfing and the Rebel Lifestyle. Graeme wants to creating a brand that makes Durban proud. Poison City brewed their first beer, The Bird Lager, with Sean and Paul at That Brewing Company, the second beer, The Punk Rocker, an English Pale Ale with Jason at Toti Brewing Company, then The Kiff, a Belgian Wit with Shaun Standeaven and then The Other Bird, a Czech Dark Lager, which was developed by Czech brewing veteran Ladisl…
1 hr 8 min
May 4, 2017
Episode 5: Simone Musgrave - Musgrave Gin
005 Simone Musgrave We chat with Simone, the founder of Musgrave Gin. Musgrave currently has two gins: Musgrave 11 the original Musgrave Gin is all about Africa & spices born out of the flavours and history of Africa and its ancient spice route. Musgrave Pink Gin has all of the spice and flavour of Musgrave 11 but is toned down to be gentler and less spicy and to bring out the floral of the rosehips and the infused rosewater. Simone is a pro at developing brands - she has taken craft gin to the next level. Simone surrounds herself with experts… from brand developers to distillers and sales. A great product and brand is important, but Route to market & sales is everything.
Apr 27, 2017
Episode 4: Manfred Haf - Intercontinental Breweries
We chat with Manfred Haf who worked for Dr Anton Rupert’s Rembrandt Group selling tobacco products, Intercontinental Breweries. IC brands included Kronenbrau 1308, Heidelberg, Sportsman Lager & Colt 45. The Beer war of the 70’s lasted for about 7 years, before IC was sold to SAB in return for a controlling share in Stellenbosch Farmers Winery. Manfred tells how SAB dominated the market and how they managed to capture a significant portion of the market in South Africa. IC got a lot of exposure with their Clydesdale horse wagons. In 1980’s Manfred helped Namibian Breweries open depots in Johannesburg and Cape Town to launch Windhoek Beer in South Africa. Today Manfred helps Flare Beverages as the national sales manager. We talk Erdinger, Paulaner & Bitburger. Manfred's motto: offer a good product and support it with good service. There are some exiting new developments on the horizon that we are looking forward to.
1 hr 1 min
Apr 18, 2017
Episode 3: Lucy Beard - Hope on Hopkins
In this episode of the Crafting a Living Podcast I chat to Lucy Beard from Hope on Hopkins. Hope on Hopkins is Cape Towns first artisanal distillery.
Apr 12, 2017
Episode 2: Alan Melville - The Red Rock Brewing Company
In this show I chat with Alan Melville, founder and Managing Director of The Red Rock Brewing Company. Alan has worked for SAB as a strategist and now runs Red Rock, the biggest micro brewery in South Africa. Being the biggest does not make you the best.
1 hr 19 min
Mar 21, 2017
Episode 1: Peter Dean - Nottingham Road Brewing Co
Peter Dean and his family own the Rawdons Hotel and The Nottingham Road Craft Brewery. They are celebrating the Pig's 21st birthday this year. Holger & Peter's paths crossed in 1999 when Peter needed a light lager for the Bierfassl.