Soweto Gold aims to convert black South Africans to craft beer

A rich smell of fermentation wafts through the Soweto air as brewers prepare craft beers designed to tap into South Africa’s new generation of discerning black drinkers.

The sprawling township outside Johannesburg city was once the centre of the violent struggle against apartheid and home to both Nelson Mandela and Archbishop Desmond Tutu.

Soweto still has its share of poverty, and inequality and unrest have never gone away, but it is also home to the uBuntu Kraal micro-brewery that makes Soweto Gold — a niche craft beer aimed at the country’s wealthier black consumers.