Enjoying a ‘sundowner’ or two in Africa after a day of game viewing is a long standing tradition; and beer is often the drink of choice.
Tusker from Kenya and Castle from South Africa may be well known outside of their home territories, but for anyone who is headed to southern or eastern Africa on a safari, here is my list of top 17 beers to seek out at sundowner time. The only caveat I throw in here is that THB is not the best tasting beer. It deserves to be in the middle of this list, but it is my sentimental favourite, thus gets special treatment. (I’d love to get my hands on some more if anyone knows where to find it in Canada or the US!)
If trying 17 different beers while you’re on safari is a bit too ambitious, stick to the top nine, as they’re a great mix of styles of tastes. Anything below Kuche Kuche was satisfying and thirst-quenching, but after months of ‘research’ on my travels around Africa I can say you won’t be missing out on much if you skip over them.
- THB or Three Horses Beer pilsener, from Madagascar
- Laurentina Preta, a dunkel from Mozambique
- Castle Milk Stout, from South Africa
- Hansa pilsener, from Namibia
- Mosi lager, from Zambia
- Carlsberg brown, a dark lager from Malawi
- Windhoek lager, from Namibia
- Ndovu lager, from Tanzania
- Kuche Kuche lager by Carlsberg, from Malawi
- Ice pilsner, from Tanzania
- Tusker lager, from Kenya
- Safari lager, from Tanzania
- Carlsberg lager, from Malawi
- Queen lager, from Madagascar
- Serengeti lager, from Tanzania
- Kilimanjaro lager, from Tanzania
- Castle lager, from South Africa
Happy drinking in Africa. Did I miss your favourite African beer? Let me know!