The last stop on our African leg and my last chance to have a crack at a few more African beers. Zimbabwe was somewhat more of the same, but with large supermarkets and even a dedicated bottle shop in Victoria Falls(!) finding the local brews was easier than ever. Unfortunately they still drank Shake-Shake here, however they had a different delivery method which managed to put me off it even more…
Zambezi (4.2%) – There is something special about drinking a beer named after a location, in that location. A Kilimanjaro lager at the base of the mountain, a Mandalay beer on the streets of Mandalay, and no exception was downing Zambezi’s whilst cruising the mighty Zambezi River. Another case of the environment enhancing my taste experience. As I swigged the icy lager I watched a massive Kingfisher pulling crabs from the water and beating them against a tree to free the meat, off the other side of the boat hippos frolicked and the sun was setting. Loooooovely.
Lion Lager (5.0%) – My only experience of Lion Lager was on the balcony of a hotel we could never afford to stay in. Looking down toward their own waterhole as a herd of buffalo rocked up for a sundowner. It was the only beer on the menu I could really afford at their ridiculously inflated prices. How the other half live! The label is shithouse, but it’s a passable lager and generally pretty cheap. Gets a bit rough after three.
Golden Pilsener (3.8%) – Brewed with Czech SAAZ hops, they refer to this as a semi-premium beer. I’m semi-confused by that. Then again the brewer, Delta, seem to think Czechoslovakia is still a country. Very light beer, probably good if you don’t really like beer but for some reason decided to buy beer.
Eagle Lager (5.0%) – Cool bottle cap! That’s about where my excitement ended. Sorghum based… hmmmmm. I know something else sorghum based, and it is beyond horrible. There is a reason why this lives on the bottom shelf and is dirt cheap. Nasty, but you’d still drink it if it were the only option. I suspect this would provide a kicking hangover.
Bohlingers Lager (4.2%) – There is a taste to this I just can’t deal with. Couldn’t even finish it. Not for me at all. They export this? Ohhhhh it’s their Fosters. All makes sense now.
Chibuku Scud (?.?%) – I thought I knew everything there was to know about Chibuku Shake-Shake. I was wrong. In Zimbabwe they love it so much they sell it in massive 2L brown plastic barrels known as a “Scud”. I picked one up to marvel at it’s horror in the supermarket and a Zimbabwean man went into hysterics laughing at my reaction as I held it high shouting for Laura to see what I’d found. I later learned that there had been some recent controversy over scuds. You see people had been discovering disgusting, unthinkable things inside those bottles. What could be more digusting that Shake-Shake though? Oh, how about a dead lizard and a used sanitary pad to start? Even more reason not to drink this filth, despite the fact that it’s so popular in Zimbabwe it even has a classic TV advertisement: