Many that have read our diary have noticed two things in abundant evidence: mechanical problems and beer. Be assured that these are unrelated - except insofar as the frustrations from mechanical malfunctions tended to bring on the advent of what we came to know as "Beer o'Clock".
Here are scans of the labels of (some of) the beers we drank, described and even rated on our trip. It is hoped to incorporate these in a book telling the story of the trip, structured around the beers produced in the countries visited.
So what qualifies a beer for inclusion in Murray's book? We considered for the most part what we called ‘local and local’ beers: locally produced and locally ‘invented’ – for want of a better term. This will exclude the many beers that are produced under licence, such as Kronenbourg 1664 brewed in Nigeria or indeed Beck’s, Holsten or Guinness in Namibia! In addition, he has concentrated on beers and lagers, excluding stouts – again for the most part.
Senegal and The Gambia, Mali & most of West Africa (Castel)
||Biere du Burkina
Togo, Benin and parts of west Africa (Flag)
Niger & Nigeria
||Legend (OK, a stout)
Cameroon and Gabon
Congo (Brazaville & DRC)
Malawi & Mozambique
South Africa (loads more to follow)