Hylton Smith, The Beverage Emporium

Hylton Smith was part of the team that first introduced Windhoek beers to the Botswana market, he then moved to Durban and joined Ian and Peter Hoyer at Team Liquor Distributors to head up sales of Windhoek beers. Hylton recalls…

Jason Neal, Nicholson Smith

Today’s Guest is Jason Neal, owner of the Gauteng-based drinks distributor, Nicholson Smith, and creator of award-winning brands like Pandora’s Box wine range. Jason “grew” up in the liquor industry following in his father’s footsteps, who was Mr Ballantines Whiskey…

Reinhardt Paulsen, TheGinGuy.co.za

In 2016 Reinhardt Paulsen discovered gin and his restaurant, Carbon Bistro, soon became the top gin bar in the Capital. After exiting the bistro, Reinhardt started TheGinGuy.co.za an online gin and speciality spirits site, which lists about 180 gins. The…

Simone Musgrave, Musgrave Spirits

We reconnect with Simone Musgrave, innovative craft gin pioneer, at the recent launch of the Jasmine Jagger limited edition Musgrave 11 event at Hillcrest Tops. In this episode Simone shares how this colab came about and how she is reviving…

Glenn Bryant, Six Dogs Gin

In this episode, our guest is Craft Gin’s favourite son, Glenn Bryant, co-owner of the Six Dog Distillery. Glenn shares their 5+ year journey with us. I have watched Glenn and his team closely over the last 5 years and…

Elzette Kirstein, Majamela Distillery

Welcome to DrinksBiz Radio, a beverage industry podcast. Our guest is Elzette Marais owner and distiller of Majamela Distilleries in Polokwane. Polokwane is about 2 hours drive north of Tswane and about 2 hours drive from the Zimbabwe border. Polokwane…

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.

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.…

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 &…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…