In ep 44, we travel to South Africa -- Capetown, to be specific -- and meet travel and beer writer Lucy Corne. We discuss South African beer history and present, what life as a travel writer is like in the time of COVID, and how exactly to pronounce a traditional drink spelled “Umqombothi.” You can follow Lucy on Twitter: @LucyCorne. This episode was sponsored by Brass Works Brewing, Waterbury, Conn. Read Corne’s article from Good Beer Hunting: Embracing Tradition--To Create a Style for the Future, South African Brewers Look to the Past Check out the magazine she edits about South African beer, On Tap. The Afterparty track is by Robert C. Fullerton, used with permission. Support his music on places like Bandcamp, Amazon, and Apple Music. Background music from Free Music For, featuring Bossa Nova mix.
Welcome to the Good Beer Hunting Collective podcast, the show where members of our team interview each other to get a behind-the-scenes look at some of our favorite articles. I’m Ashley Rodriguez, and I produce Good Beer Hunting's podcast. One of the most exciting parts of being at Good Beer Hunting is working with new authors. It’s thrilling to see a new corner of the beer world, or a new perspective on something I thought I knew well, told through another lens. And it’s equally exciting to see others respond to the stories our first-time authors choose to tell. In this episode, I’m chatting with Lucy Corne, a freelance beer writer based in Cape Town, South Africa. Lucy wrote an article as part of our Mother of Invention series, made in partnership with Guinness, about the reemergence of traditional beer styles in South Africa. In this piece, she details how craft brewing enthusiasts are reclaiming traditional brewing styles—like umqombothi, a sorghum-based, wild-fermented beer—and throughout this interview, we talk about how local beer identities are made and how information gets passed along. Because traditional sorghum beer is often brewed inside peoples’ homes, it can be difficult to trace its history—but there are lots of folks attempting to highlight its origins. Lucy also runs a blog called The Brewmistress, where she’s chronicled the effects of COVID-19 on the South African craft beer scene, including the rise in homebrewing after a nationwide ban on the sale of alcohol and tobacco went into effect in late March. Her writing on the subject should resonate far and wide, given that, in this current moment, there’s no part of the beer world that hasn’t been touched by the coronavirus. Here’s Lucy.
GBM 52 - Exploring South Africa’s Craft Beer with Certified Cicerone, Lucy Corne
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For a travel writer who has lived in different parts of the world, settling down in one place for a length of time makes a statement. When that person becomes both a beer writer and educator in South Africa’s emerging beer culture, she makes yet a different and even more profound statement. I’ve never been to South Africa, but when I consider it, I think of Nelson Mandela, cooking around a braai, and surfing the perfect wave at Cape St. Francis. But, I generally don’t think of craft beer. All that is changing as South Africa is becoming known for hops and an emerging craft beer culture. My next guest is a writer on a mission to tell the stories of South Africa’s craft beer movement and to educate others in her country about the abundant and nuanced world behind every beer.--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/jeremy-storton/messageSupport this podcast: https://anchor.fm/jeremy-storton/support