Beers of Ethiopia

Saint George

I have a hunch that Ethiopia has more of a claim to Saint George than we English do, but this beer named after their patron saint is a very good one, and filled me with hope about the Ethiopian beers to come. Ethiopia’s most popular beer has an immediate twang of taste that you would get from a wheat beer, followed by crisp bitter hoppiness and yeast. Tasty and with an excellent label.

8/10

Dashen

Government owned, Dashen from Gonder is new on the scene and already seems to be the second most popular beer. However it is also the lesser of the Big Three, yet perfectly drinkanle.

7/10

Meta Premium

Now we’re talking! This is surely going to be Beer Of Africa – a beer bursting at the seams with flavour. There’s butter-scotch, hops, citrusy hints and then a strong and long marmalade citrus-peel finish. An excellent beer.

10/10

Meta Beer

The standard Meta has much of the same orange peel as it’s posher sister, but with theintensity just toned down a wee bit. Still a first-rate beer.

9/10

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Bedele Export – Special Beer

Yet another superb lager. Bags of hops and a crisp herbiness.

8/10

Harar

From the ancient city of Harar, this lager keeps Ethiopia’s scores consistently high. A slightly cloudy beer with a decent head, and more hoppy bitterness. Hurrah!

8/10

Castel

Took look at the label you’d think this would be the country’s one stinker, but you’d be wrong. Another along in the mould of Dashen and Bedele, it has plenty of flavour to offer. So good you’d forgive them their dyslexia.

8/10

Hakim Stout

Hakim is brewed by and in Harar, and appetising as it is it’s quite far from a stout – much nearer a lighter-brown German donkel. It is the colour a glass of Coke goes when all the ice has melted, and yet is deceivingly flavoursome – notes of burnt toffee and malt.

8/10

Ethiopian beer scored an average 8.25 out of 10 from 8 beers, and so wins not just AFRICAN BEER COUNTRY OF THE TRIP but also WORLD BEER COUNTRY OF THE TRIP!! Saved the best til last…!

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