eWomen: SA brewmaster wants to tantalise world's taste buds


Johannesburg, 25 August 2016 - Unlike most entrepreneurs, this womans love for chemistry, microbiology and beer has led to her becoming the first black woman to found and co-own a microbrewery in South Africa.

JOHANNESBURG - Apiwe Nxusani-Mawela has been brewing since 2006.

Her unique story started in the rural Eastern Cape, where she was first exposed to the craft of brewing at family events.

It is here that one finds umqombothi (traditional beer), the drink of choice at  traditional festivities.

Nxusani-Mawela enrolled at the University of Pretoria where she read for her BSc honours in microbiology.

Thereafter, she followed her passion for brewing by joining South African Breweries (SAB). 

Her desire to make a name for herself in the world beer market grew so she pursued a diploma from the Institute of Brewing and Distilling (IBD) in the United Kingdom.

Nxusani-Mawela has since set out to create her own brand of craft beer, and in 2013 she entered into a partnership with Hoggshead to kick-start her journey in owning and growing her own craft brewery, called Brewhogs.

Today, this entrepreneur holds a Diploma in Master Brewing and is the first black South African to be accredited as a training provider in South Africa by the IBD.

Nxusani-Mawela plans to use her knowledge to train more brewmasters on the continent.

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- Produced by eNCA Mojos Mashokane Mahlo and Karen Mwendera.