The idea for a Brewing Company was inspired by a great thirst that comes from two decades of geological exploration in the African bushveld and beyond by a group of explorers who were rather fond of the shared ritual of beer and bush tales around the campfire. Mineral Services, the founding company of Hoghouse, already had a much loved mascot that was a natural choice to use for the Hoghouse Brewing Company’s identity, warthogs being legendary little beasts with remarkable grit and spirit.
Our approach to brewing is collaborative. Tom Nowicki is our Brewing Director overseeing recipe development, quality control, brewing strategy and all things scientific. Tom is a geologist and expert in the field of diamond exploration and evaluation. Brewing beer is his yang to a very specialised yin. Byron Damonze, the Brewer and a former student of politics and psychology, runs the daily brewing operations under Tom’s guidance. Emma Emanuel, from KZN has recently joined as our assistant Brewer. Sommelier Joakim Hansi Blackadder brings his talented Swedish palate to development and quality management including sales and distribution for the brewery. Chef PJ Vadas works creatively with the team to align the Hoghouse brand and flavours by tasting loads of beer, naturally.