In issue 27, our Beers & Beats pages were commandeered by our in-house pirate, editor-at-large Conrad Botes.Not only did he share his kick-ass black IPA recipe for the homebrewers out there, but he also gave us his go to tunes for drinking beer, making art and roadtripping on his way to fish.

Conrad enjoying a home-brewed black IPA on the mudflats of the Breede river. Miir Growler available at Just Like Papa. Photo Platon Trakoshis

He says, “One of the things that was disrupted for me under pandemic lockdown, was my annual pilgrimage to Reunion for the Rock à la Buse festival ( named after “La Buse”, aka Olivier Levasseur, perhaps the Indian Ocean’s most famous pirate. Rock à la Buse is a kick-ass rock concert held every March in Saint-Denis, Reunion. It includes a comic book festival with participants from the Indian Ocean, which includes Africa. Bitterkomix (my series with fellow artist Anton Kannemeyer) gets an invite every year. I would have been there two months ago, but thanks to The Plague, this year’s edition was cancelled. This playlist is dedicated to my friends Pascale Perso (from the band Kilkil) and her husband, Gael Mallet, who both organise the festival. It’s a great playlist for brew day, but it also gets me going when I get in my car at 3 am to hunt kob. If you don’t like it loud, this one is not for you. Crank it up metalheads!”


  1. I’m Drunk Again – Hank Williams III
  2. Drug Train – Joe Buck Yourself
  3. Everglade – L7
  4. A Moment Forever – Volbeat
  5. Unsung – Helmet
  6. Black Betty – Spiderbait
  7. Fell In Love With A Girl – The White Stripes
  8. Ace of Spades – Motörhead
  9. Superbeast – Rob Zombie
  10. Chop Suey! – System of a Down
  11. Kill The Emperor – Everlast
  12. Te Quiero Puta! – Rammstein
  13. The Ballad of Chasey Lain – Bloodhound Gang
  14. Explosivo – Tenacious D
  15. Y’all Motherfuckers Need Jesus – The Goddam Gallows
  16. Going Out West – Tom Waits
  17. The Dancer – PJ Harvey
  18. The Call of Ktulu – Metallica
  19. We Are The People – Iggy Pop
  20. Words of Advice for Young People – William S. Burroughs



For the rest of Conrad’s Beers & Beats page (including the black IPA recipe, prate whisky and more), check out issue 27 of The Mission below.