Women brewing beer in the African culture is normal. Yet, seeing women as brewers in a business setting is something fairly new.
Apiwe Nxusani-Mawela, 35, is SA’s first black female brewmaster.
Nxusani-Mawela, 35, a former SAB employee and owner of Brewsters Craft, was approached by the company to make a beer in honour of Women’s Month, the Sowetan reports.
The beer called Bold Brew was brewed by an all-female team, and the beer’s ingredients were selected by women members of the public via a poll run on SAB’s social media pages.
Brewsters Craft was started in 2015 by Nxusani- Mawela. She received funding for her business from the Industrial Development Corporation(IDC) of SA.
“Apart from funding and putting the entire thing together, that was probably one of the biggest challenges,” she says. “Now that we’re operational, it’s obviously maintaining and growing the business,” she told the paper.
“In terms of women in beer, you do get that pushback quite often and not just as a consumer but also as a manufacturer because it’s unheard of, something that people are not familiar with, so you do get that negative feedback.”
Asked what it means to be the first black female Brewster she said “growing up I never imagined that I would be where I am today. It is a great honour and privilege to have been the one to pave the way for many more after me”- the South African reported.
She highlighted that she doesn’t want to be treated differently to male owners, women are in the minority yet that does not mean they should be treated in a special way.
“I’m still a brewer, I just happen to be female, but I’m still a brewer.”
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