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To empower current and future brewers through education and training


At Brewster’s Craft we are committed to:

  • Offer high quality training that ensures a long term sustainability of the African brewing industry
  • Provide learning that has meaning, purpose and value

Did You Know?

Up until the late Middle Ages, in the Western culture brewing was a task left to the women, as before then beer was considered a basic foodstuff rather than a luxury. The tradition of women and beer goes back a very long way; and is found all over the world. Remember the Babylonian beer deity Ninkasi was a goddess rather than a god. In the Medieval Europe, women were generally responsible for brewing in the home and also for brewing the ale to be consumed in public tarvens. To this day, in most parts of Africa, brewing is still seen as a woman’s responsibility

“Give me a woman who truly loves beer and I will conquer the world” - Kaiser Wilhelm II

Meet the Brewster behind the Craft

Apiwe Mawela Nxusani

Apiwe Nxusani Mawela - ,The Brewster, is one of a small number of passionate female brewers in the South African Brewing Industry. Hailing from Butterworth in the Eastern Cape, she was first intrigued by the science of beer making when she visited an open day at the former Rand Afrikaans University. She then went and completed her BSc degree from University of the Witwatersrand and later her Honours in Microbiology from the University of Pretoria.
Apiwe joined SABLtd in 2006 through the company’s graduate recruitment programme and underwent an intensive 18 months traineeship to attain status of ‘Brewer’ within the SABMiller group. She has completed a Diploma in Brewing qualification and recently a Master Brewer Diploma qualification both through the Institute of Brewing and Distilling

The Brewster is a woman of many firsts, which include:

  •  First person in South Africa to complete the National Diploma in Clear Fermented Beverages (NQF 6) through the FoodBev SETA
  •  First black female Shareholder in a Microbrewery in South Africa – Brewhogs Microbrewery
  • First black South African to be accredited as a training provider by the Institute of Brewing and Distilling
  • First black person to be certified as a beer judge in South Africa through the Beer Judging Certification Programme (BJCP)

Contact The Brewster

Send us a message and let us see how we can get you started on your journey to brewing excellence.


Brewster's Craft

16 Bok Ave,
South Africa
(+27) 72 584 2449