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Drifter Brewing Company set to launch Madora, the world’s first Bug Brown Ale

Drifter Brewing Company will launch its latest small-batch limited release beer, Madora: a brown ale brewed using indigenous South African mopane worms, mealworms, and black soldier fly larvae to produce a deliciously nutty flavour.

It was brewed in collaboration with Gourmet Grubb, who are passionate about integrating insects into the everyday Western diet as an environmentally sustainable, nutritious, and affordable choice. 

As the world’s first beer to be brewed with Mopane worms, Madora is the latest in Drifter’s long line of boundary-pushing products. Founded in 2015, Drifter Brewing is a nautical-themed microbrewery based in Cape Town, South Africa with a penchant for adventure, creativity, and community.

The brewery is famous for its Ocean Aged Tripel, a strong Belgian-style beer which ages at the bottom of the ocean for a year. In May 2018, Drifter became the first successful crowd equity-funded business in Africa with a focus on building community through beer.

“Madora is a unique take on a classic Nut Brown Ale, pairing exceptional malt depth with nutty and earthy insects to create a one-of-a-kind beer – designed to promote sustainability through our collaboration with Gourmet Grubb,’ notes Drifter’s head brewer, Ross Eaton. 

Says Leah Bessa, Gourmet Grubb’s co-founder: ‘Insects are high in protein, fat, zinc, and iron, and they are sustainable to farm due to low carbon emission, little land usage, and little food and water required. At Gourmet Grubb, we grow our insects on spent grain, so it reduces “waste” products from the brewing process to feed the insects to produce high-quality protein, minerals, and fat – creating a circular economy’.

Madora will be included in League of Beer’s monthly mixed case for December, available now on Yuppiechef. A limited quantity of cans will also be sold at the Drifter Brewing tasting room in Woodstock, open five days a week from Tuesday through Saturday.

The beer will be officially launched on Wednesday, 4th December, with a celebration at Drifter’s tasting room.