Joining me this week is Lucy Corne a freelance writer and beverage industry consultant based in Cape Town. She is the Editor of On Tap Magazine, South Africa’s only magazine dedicated to beer. Lucy is BJCP and Cicerone® certified, having judged a number of competitions globally, including the African Beer Cup, the only pan-African beer competition, of which she is the co-founder.
Her recent profile of South African hop grower Khaya Maloney for Good Beer Hunting was recognized by the North American Guild of Beer Writers for Local Reporting, and I wanted to shift this week’s episode toward that part of the world. Listeners will remember Khaya from our interview with Gert van der Waal in July.
Lucy reflects on the role she’s created for herself in the South African beer community and her reporting on Khaya. We also discuss the resiliency consumers and craft brewers have shown during multiple alcohol bans in the COVID-19 pandemic which has challenged the local beverage industry on many fronts. We finish by discussing the importance of understanding what is happening in South Africa as an indicator for the future of the beverage industry. Lucy shares interesting insights on how producers are finding inspiration in local, traditional, beverages, and how this discovery of cultural confidence can lead to a future rooted with a stronger sense of place.
Episode Art and HH Logo By: Bryn Gleason
Audio editing, mix and mastering: Esben Willems / Studio Berserk
Music by: Sam Cangelosi
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