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Welcome to DrinksBiz Radio, where you will find conversation with brewers, distillers, and leaders in the Beverage Industry in South Africa. Holger has been involved in the liquor industry his working life. He has worked with a number of different brands as well as with some of the top specialty retailers in the country. #drinksbiz #offconsumption #licencedtrade #retail #Bierbotschafter

Welcome to DrinksBiz Radio, where you will find conversation with brewers, distillers, and leaders in the Beverage Industry in South Africa. Holger has been involved in the liquor industry his working life. He has worked with a number of different brands as well as with some of the top specialty retailers in the country. #drinksbiz #offconsumption #licencedtrade #retail #Bierbotschafter

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South Africa

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Welcome to DrinksBiz Radio, where you will find conversation with brewers, distillers, and leaders in the Beverage Industry in South Africa. Holger has been involved in the liquor industry his working life. He has worked with a number of different brands as well as with some of the top specialty retailers in the country. #drinksbiz #offconsumption #licencedtrade #retail #Bierbotschafter

Twitter:

@drinksbizco

Language:

English


Episodes

Episode 68:Charles Withington, The Darling Wine Shop

7/8/2021
Charles talks to us about his career with some of the top estates in the South African wine industry, about his experiences introducing South African wines to the export markets and about Darling where he now owns the popular Darling Wine Shop. A Podcast with Holger Meier Find out more at https://drinksbiz.pinecast.co

Duration:00:39:11

Episode 67:Hylton Smith, The Beverage Emporium

7/7/2021
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 only selling a truckload of Windhoek in their first year, but only a short four years later they sold an interlink of Windhoek beers per day during the peak season. Then in 2004, thinking that they were well on their way to becoming a real player in the liquor...

Duration:00:41:29

Episode 66:Jason Neal, Nicholson Smith

6/30/2021
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 at Hiram Walker and later successfully start exporting SAB beers during the Meyer Kahn era. Jason started working at The Cellars of Hyde Park when he was only 16 years old, Jason started working at The Cellars of Hyde Park when...

Episode 65:Reinhardt Paulsen, TheGinGuy.co.za

6/19/2021
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 most exciting recent addition is Procera gin which is made by Roger Jorgenson in Kenya. Reinhardt not only supplies gin fanatics, but he also offers a delivery service to other liquor retailers. In this episode, we learn more about...

Duration:00:19:29

Episode 64:Simone Musgrave, Musgrave Spirits

6/17/2021
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 her brand which like most premium products has been badly affected by the COVID-19 lockdowns. Links: Find a link to our previous interview here: https://open.spotify.com/episode/5AcXeHKeABqq6695siQdtq https://musgravespirits.com https://jasminejagger.com...

Duration:00:19:48

Episode 63:Rob Heyns, League of Beers

6/16/2021
In this episode, Rob Heyns shares the news that they have bought League of Beers, the popular craft beer subscription business, back from Yuppiechef.com. Find out more at https://drinksbiz.pinecast.co

Duration:00:25:35

Episode 62:Glenn Bryant, Six Dogs Gin

6/3/2021
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 love the way that these industry newcomers have focused on building relationships rather than rushing into outsourcing sales and distribution to third parties. A very good lesson for new brand owners. From sixdogs.co.za to sixdogs.com Glenn has always wanted to create a...

Duration:00:35:32

Episode 61:Carl Grossmann, Brackenhill Distillery

5/27/2021
Carl Grossmann from Brackenhill Distillery in Waterfall, KwaZulu-Natal is our guest in this episode. I first met Carl when he was working on a project to import Malawi Gin. Carl fell in love with Malawi (Gin) when he was on an overland trip through that beautiful country. Malawi Gin is owned by a big conglomerate that did not want to grant exclusive distribution rights to anyone, so Carl moved on and now owns his own distillery. Carl uses ancient heritage grain varieties as a basis for...

Duration:00:30:16

Episode 60:Elzette Kirstein, Majamela Distillery

5/26/2021
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 is a thriving city that services the Limpopo province. Neels Marais started home distilling about 25 years ago. Recently his daughter Elzette caught the distilling bug and joined him in the little venture. Today Majemela is a fully licensed...

Duration:00:20:17

Episode 59:Ryan Williams - Gydo.me

2/20/2020
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.

Duration:00:49:24

Episode 58:Robert Greaves Mhoba Rum

12/10/2019
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. After trying to market and promote Mhoba in South Africa, the bulk of the Mhoba Rum is now exported to France. La Maison du Whisky, Mhoba’s partner is also the sole distributor of major whisky brands such as The Dalmore, Jura, Compass Box and...

Duration:00:41:14

Episode 57:Tanya Cruse - Gin & Co

11/19/2019
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 & Co offers gin tastings as well as retail sales of local craft gin and rums.

Duration:00:16:20

Episode 56:Dario Scilipoti - Bluebird Coffee Roastery

10/30/2019
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 talks about his journey and explains the technical aspects of roasting coffee. Coffee supply chain is very complicated and not very transparent. Dario hopes to change this. The way that coffee is being traded around the world is...

Duration:00:44:55

Episode 55:Rob Heyns - Puts cool craft stuff in a box and then ships it!

10/21/2019
Rob Heyns is back, and explains to us how he is helping retailers find interesting solutions for their problems. We talk about getting funding and raising capital. Rob shares his vision about creating a canning "ecosystem" for his latest business, the TinyKeg mobile canning business. Variety at a good price rather than quantity at a good price, is the motto! Watch Building A Brand: https://youtu.be/mxgOY2Ms-YI

Duration:00:46:08

Episode 54:John Murray - International Cider Maker

10/3/2019
A Beverage Industry Podcast with Holger Meier Podcasting time with John M Murray. John's long career in cider making has taken him to 83 countries around the world. John worked for HP Bulmer, once the world largest cider maker, for forty years. In the 1980's John opened a cider mill in Elgin and in the late 1990's he was part of the team that opened the Bulmer SA cider plant in Centurion (situated next to the old Bavaria Brau brewery).

Duration:00:49:45

Episode 53:Sean Wakeford - Bierfassl

10/1/2019
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 just celebrated his 20th year anniversary. Stubbornly unique, makes it stand out and difficult to copy and difficult to compete. There must be a reason for people to visit your outlet. What makes your outlet unique. Next time you visit the Bierfassl ask for an Eisbein, a...

Duration:00:28:25

Episode 52:Alwyn Liebenberg - Lieben Wine and Gin

9/30/2019
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 Portugal and has worked at numerous distillers and wine businesses. Alwyn believes blending is the key to making great products and believes he learned this valuable lesson from the Portugese. Alwyn takes us on adventure of starting a...

Duration:00:41:14

Episode 51:Get connected: Introducing the DrinksBiz Network and community

9/13/2019
A Beverage Industry Podcast with Holger Meier. The beverage industry does not have a formal association for business owners and industry professionals, making it hard to find information and making the right connections in the industry. Holger introduces the DrinksBiz community for business owners and and professionals and explains how this can add value to your business. For more information visit www.drinksbiz.co.za Find out more at https://drinksbiz.pinecast.co

Duration:00:17:55

Episode 50:Mic turnaround: Holger Meier with Brenda Meier

9/13/2019
A Beverage Industry Podcast with Holger Meier To celebrate our wedding anniversary, we are reversing the mics and Brenda is in the studio to interview Holger. Join us to listen to Holger's story.

Duration:00:51:25

Episode 49:Jan-Nico Coetzee - Meander Fine Wines

9/10/2019
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 the local Kzn wine farms are making.

Duration:00:54:23