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October 29, 2020   |   Ithaca, NY


Drinking beer with the Zulu

There are many different types of beer. Go to any Wegmans and you’ll see a plethora of options. What you won’t see on their shelves however is traditional beer made from maize. I got to try some when i visited Soweto (one of the largest townships, located outside of Johannesburg).

Xhosa beer is typically made by women and consumed by men (say what you will about gender stereotypes, this is how it works in Africa). It’s tastes like any other light draft (minus the bitterness of the hops), but…..well, chunky.


Our guide “checking” the beer to make sure that it is good. Men had to kneel in order to drink from the bowl.


I was a little shocked by how chunky it was.


After our drinks, our guides showed us some zulu dance moves. Zulu dance is characterized by being very heavy, stamping your feet and always being connected to the ground.


A new delicacy we tried: Cow’s tongue (not as good as the sheep’s head)