Umqombothi

Umqombothi: Zulu beer with a kick. Image: Adobe.

Brew your own Umqombothi – Zulu beer with a kick

Want to try your hand at traditional Zulu beer? You may be pleasantly surprised.

Umqombothi

Umqombothi: Zulu beer with a kick. Image: Adobe.

With lockdown rising to level 4 and the sale of alcohol prohibited, umqombothi, a homemade beer is gaining popularity. Also known as sorghum beer or Zulu beer, this African beer is known all over the continent and known by different names. But in South Africa, it is fondly referred to as umqombothi.

It basically consists of sorghum and maize fermented in a couple of liters of water. The result is a traditional beer with a heady kick.

Whether lockdown or not, umqombothi is traditionally served at any large celebration in African cultures.

Making your own beer at home is not prohibited but selling any alcoholic beverages is forbidden since the start of lockdown level 4. If you feel like trying your hand at umqombothi for personal use, moderation, like always is key.

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