The Beers for Africa 8 pack is the best excuse to host a beer tasting at home with your friends! And with Father’s Day around the corner, it makes for a special gift too. Beers for Africa isn’t simply a collection of Africa’s best beers. It’s also a vehicle for social change.
For every Beers for Africa 8 pack sold, three struggling university students across the content will receive a nourishing meal. This partnership between the South African Brewery, (SAB) and international NGO, Stop Hunger Now, has made sampling African beers not only fun, but rewarding too.
SAB sent us a pack to try, so we sat and played “beer connoisseur” amongst ourselves. Why shouldn’t we taste more beer and relish in the experience? It’s the done thing with wine! And with eight beers brewed throughout Africa, from Botswana to Tanzania, available at your local liquor store, now’s as good a time as any right?
Our top 3 from the Beers for Africa 8 pack
Maluti Premium Lager (Lesotho)
Maluti seemed to be the group favourite. Aside from our very own Castle Lager of course! It’s almost as high in alcohol as Castle too with it’s 4.8% to Castle’s 5%. We liked that it poured a strong, long-lasting head, which was matched by its bold long-lasting flavour. Its clear, golden colour is refreshing to look at, and it’s obvious “Lesotho-centric” branding is just as easy on the eye.
At 5% alcohol, Manica was said to taste the most “South African” of the lot. Its generous carbonation makes for a good pour, while its complimentary sweet and bitter notes result in a well-rounded taste. Many said that Manica had a “heavy” mouthfeel, but a crisp and clean finish. It’s filling nature would probably get us to drink slower. Which is a good thing!
We loved 2M’s funky African can design with its bright colours and geometric shapes. Those of us who had travelled to Portugal said that 2M is reminiscent of Portugal’s Super Bock. It’s a relatively light beer, with a crisp finish, but still balanced and flavourful. At 4.5% alcohol, it’s fairly midrange as far as alcohol content is concerned. Don’t be fooled by its deep golden colour; 2M is as refreshing as they get.
Mozambique on the mind
Strange how two of our three favourites come from Mozambique! But that could also be because three of the eight beers, (keeping in mind another is South African) are Mozambican. Nonetheless, the final beer brewed in Mozambique didn’t float our boat too much. Despite having won numerous prestigious awards.
Laurentina Preta (Mozambique)
Laurentina Preta is Mozambique’s oldest beer, first brewed in the early 1930s. This dark lager looks like a stout or porter, which can be confusing for those with unsophisticated dark lager palates. It has a lighter mouthfeel than a stout, but still offers notes of coffee, caramel, and chocolate. All in all, it was just a bit weird. But only because we hadn’t been exposed to anything like it before! I’d imagine Laurentina would be incredible in cooking and baking preparations. In 2015, it placed first at the African Beer Awards in the “Dark Lager” category.
The rest of Africa!
St Louis (Botswana)
St Louis was unanimously our least favourite beer. The general consensus was that it was lacking in flavour. St Louis is described in the accompanying material as “light and easy drinking with lower calories than a regular lager beer.” The result for us was a little “meh.” I can imagine it would go down swimmingly on a piping hot day though.
Zambezi Premium Lager (Zimbabwe)
Named after the Zambezi River, of which there is an image on the can, there’s a special kind of romanticism to this beer. It has a creamy mouthfeel, and is simultaneously sweet, crisp, and refreshing. Many said it was reminiscent of an ale. If it weren’t for its quickly disappearing head, we would have placed it in our top three.
Kilimanjaro Premium Lager (Tanzania)
Amongst the serious and sophisticated can design of most of the other beers, Kilimanjaro offered a lighthearted respite. Although some did say that its bright primary colours, and two dimensional imagery came across as cheap. Someone even stated that the beer tasted “yellow, like the can.” Not sure whether that’s a good or bad thing! Guess that’s dependent on each person’s ideas on what yellow would taste like. Overall most said it was reminiscent of a weiss with its fruity, mildly bitter tones.
Tasting beers from around the content was an amazing experience. If anything, it taught us that Africa knows how to make beer! The Beers for Africa 8 pack is said to be made available at duty free stores all over Africa, after which it will be introduced to the U.S and other international markets. There are also plans to introduce new beers to the pack over the next few years.
Get your Beers for Africa 8 pack from your local liquor store while stocks last.