African mead commercialised

For the first time an African mead is commercially available in South Africa, and export markets are also being explored.

The mead, called iQhilika (Xhosa for "mead"), is produced by Makana Meadery in Grahamstown, Eastern Cape province, in conjunction with Rhodes University.

Unlike other modern mead makers, Makana uses a patented, state-of-the art continuous reactor for fermentation instead of slower batch methods. The Makana method is capable of achieving from zero to 14% alcohol in just 79 minutes.

Makana Meadery: Tel +27-83-319-0369; garth@iqhilika.co.za