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Meet South Africa’s bartender of the year

Travis Kuhn has just been crowned Bartender of the Year at the BAR Awards– the Oscars of the bar industry – as well as winning trophies for International Footprint and Best Pop-up Bar. We caught up with him to learn how he got there, and where he’s going next.

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Five minutes with gin icon Christopher Hayman

Hayman’s of London, a true English gin that’s been around since 1863, has just launched in South Africa. We got to chat to master distiller and acclaimed gin guru Christopher Hayman – who was inducted into the World Gin Awards Hall of Fame in February 2019 – about his gin journey.

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Life beyond bars: finding a place for formerly incarcerated women within the hospitality industry

South Africa’s unemployment rate is sitting at around 27%, which translates to some 6 million individuals of working age being jobless. It should come as no surprise that – in desperation – many turn to crime, ending up incarcerated. And when they’re released, they’re faced with the same dire employment opportunities, yet their situation is compounded by the fact that jobs are even harder to come by for formerly incarcerated people…

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Meet master distiller Andy Watts

South African whisky isn’t all that, right? WRONG. Very, very wrong in fact, as Bain’s Cape Mountain Whisky, water of life made right here in Mzanzi, just got named World’s Best Grain Whisky at the 2018 World Whiskies Awards.

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Talking rum with a master

Drinks writer Leah van Deventer recently went to Trinidad for the Angostura Global Cocktail Challenge, where she put together this exclusive rum interview for More Than Food.

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Rum diaries with Angostura

The rum revolution is underway, with the popularity of this fun drink on a significant upswing. Leah van Deventer went all the way to the Caribbean, the historic home of rum, to chat to Master Blender at Angostura Rum, Carol Homer-Caesar, to find out about the art – and science – behind rum blending.

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Meet South Africa’s liquor ladies

Women’s Day is all about celebrating female empowerment, and we could think of no better way to do this than by profiling 11 savvy, strong and sexy women who are dominating in the male-dominated liquor industry.

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From behind bars to behind the stick

The bar industry is known for attracting unconventional souls, those who reject the formal white-collar world in favor of an atmosphere that’s more sociable. Forgiving, even.

Stephanie Simbo – a French entrepreneur and former bartender living in Cape Town, South Africa – knew this, and decided that bars might offer the perfect working environment for former inmates looking for a new start. She liked the idea so much that she started Beyond Bars Akademia, a non-profit that aims to facilitate the placement of ex-convicts within the South African bar industry.

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