Bookmark with Delicious Bookmark with Digg Bookmark with Facebook Bookmark with Twitter Bookmark with Reddit Bookmark with Myspace

Beer Reviews

Review Categories

Review Categories
Anglo-American Ales
has 1378 items

Belgian-Style Ales
has 489 items

Hybrids & Specialty
has 293 items

Lagers
has 772 items

Porters
has 134 items

Stouts
has 253 items

Wheats
has 231 items

Latest Beer Reviews

There are 5187 reviews in 7 categories
The latest are for:

Lost Forty Pale Ale
 Rating : Most Excellent (4.0)Posted by Jay Theriot Posted on 18 Feb 09:07

Shiner Cold-Brew Cof ...
 Rating : Average (2.0)Posted by Jay Theriot Posted on 18 Feb 07:29

Rockhound Crystal St ...
 Rating : Most Excellent (4.0)Posted by Jay Theriot Posted on 16 Feb 07:50

Haywards 5000
 Rating : Most Excellent (4.0)Posted by Jay Theriot Posted on 14 Feb 12:24

Introvert Session IP ...
 Rating : Very Fine (3.0)Posted by Jay Theriot Posted on 14 Feb 07:11

Modillion
 Rating : Most Excellent (4.0)Posted by Jay Theriot Posted on 11 Feb 07:34

MILF
 Rating : Outstanding (4.5)Posted by Jay Theriot Posted on 09 Feb 13:52

Voodoo Ranger Imperi ...
 Rating : Excellent (3.5)Posted by Jay Theriot Posted on 09 Feb 05:40

Whizbang Hoppy Blond ...
 Rating : Very Fine (3.0)Posted by Jay Theriot Posted on 07 Feb 07:42

Grateful White
 Rating : Most Excellent (4.0)Posted by Jay Theriot Posted on 04 Feb 07:21

Sleeman Original Dra ...
 Rating : Very Fine (3.0)Posted by Jay Theriot Posted on 29 Jan 11:10

Sleeman Light
 Rating : Fine (2.5)Posted by Jay Theriot Posted on 29 Jan 08:38

Latest Beers

The latest beers for review are
Lost Forty Pale Ale
Last updated 18 Feb 07:24

Shiner Cold-Brew Cof ...
Last updated 18 Feb 05:12

Rockhound Crystal St ...
Last updated 14 Feb 12:22

Introvert Session IP ...
Last updated 14 Feb 06:46

Modillion
Last updated 11 Feb 03:00

Whizbang Hoppy Blond ...
Last updated 10 Feb 03:34

MILF
Last updated 09 Feb 13:12

Voodoo Ranger Imperi ...
Last updated 07 Feb 14:11

Voodoo Ranger IPA
Last updated 07 Feb 12:53

Grateful White
Last updated 04 Feb 06:55

Sleeman Original Dra ...
Last updated 28 Jan 05:34

Sleeman Clear 2.0
Last updated 28 Jan 05:27

Top Beer Reviewers

Our Top Beer Reviewers are
Jay Theriot
with 1918 reviews

Hayduke
with 1470 reviews

Andy
with 527 reviews

eManu
with 367 reviews

William
with 342 reviews

Beer Cub
with 338 reviews

Ken
with 86 reviews

Spike65
with 51 reviews

Beer-Pedia
with 14 reviews

andy49093
with 13 reviews

magilla
with 9 reviews

Marcus
with 7 reviews
See all Beer Reviewers

Review Categories

Top Beers in each category
Anglo-American Ales
Firestone Walker 13 Rating: 5.0
Mikkeller 1000 IBU Rating: 5.0
Harviestoun Ola Dubh ... Rating: 5.0

Belgian-Style Ales
Westvleteren Blond Rating: 5.0
Struise Pannepot Gra ... Rating: 5.0
St. Bernardus Abt 12 ... Rating: 5.0

Hybrids & Specialty
Russian River Suppli ... Rating: 5.0
Cantillon Bruocsella ... Rating: 5.0
Bananatana Rating: 4.5

Lagers
Andechser Doppelbock ... Rating: 5.0
Great Divide Wolfgan ... Rating: 5.0
Mikkeller Beer Geek ... Rating: 5.0

Porters
Founders Porter Rating: 5.0
Flossmoor Station Pu ... Rating: 4.5
Störtebeker-Choco Po ... Rating: 4.5

Stouts
Saint Arnold Divine ... Rating: 5.0
Courage Russian Impe ... Rating: 5.0
Clown Shoes Blaecorn ... Rating: 5.0

Wheats
McGuire’s Hefeweizen Rating: 5.0
Trader Joe's Bavaria ... Rating: 4.5
Fleur De Wheat Rating: 4.5

Most Reviewed Beers

There are 5187 reviews in 7 categories
The most reviewed beers are

Bass Pale Ale
With 7 reviews


Samuel Adams Boston ...
With 7 reviews


Sierra Nevada Pale A ...
With 7 reviews


Wychwood Hobgoblin D ...
With 7 reviews


Abita Turbodog
With 6 reviews


Asahi Super Dry
With 6 reviews


Birra Moretti
With 6 reviews


Corsendonk Christmas ...
With 6 reviews


Delirium Noël
With 6 reviews


Hoegaarden
With 6 reviews


Kronenbourg 1664
With 6 reviews


Mikkeller Beer Geek ...
With 6 reviews

Top Thanked Posts

Today | Week | Month | Year | All time

Most Thanked Users

All time

Most Thanks Given

All time

Sitemap

Like us on Facebook

Follow Us On Twitter

New Members

Date / Time

 

Search The Beer In Me

Locate Our Members

Welcome

Username:

Password:


Remember me

[ ]
[ ]

Online

Guests: 14, Members: 0 ...

most ever online: 450
(Members: 0, Guests: 450) on 02 Jan 10:14

Members: 358
Newest member: Jonathan

Poll


Have major companies produced good craft beers, lately?



Yes

No

Not sure



Posted by Ken
Votes: 56 Comments: 0
Previous polls

 

Ongoing Events

No events

Featured Website

Louisiana Beer Reviews


by: Ronald "Jay" Theriot

Member Mug Shots

Advertise With Us

Official Business Card

Review RSS Feeds

Keep up to date with our reviews using our RSS feeds

Item Feeds



Review Feeds

RSS Feeds Menu

RSS Feeds

Our forum posts can be syndicated by using these rss feeds.
rss1.0
rss2.0
rdf

Forums

The Beer In Me :: Forums :: International Beer Forum :: Africa Beer Forum
 
<< Previous thread | Next thread >>
The city that features both Islam and a Brewery...
Moderators: Andy, Ken, Hayduke, Jay Theriot
Author Post
Beer Cub
Sat Jun 28 2014, 05:08PM
Registered Member #510
Joined: Sat Jul 07 2012, 08:02AM
City & State: Cheyenne, Wyoming
Posts: 599
Thanked 101 times in 76 posts
I'm guessing this is a unique place in the Islamic dominated countries...

-Website Link-

Harar: The city of beer and mosques


Ethiopia's historic city of Harar is one of Islam's holiest centres - but in recent times it has built up another tradition and is now also known for its brewery.

As holy cities go, Harar is a colourful one. Inside the walls of the old town I find buildings in greens, purples and yellows - its women seem to take this as a challenge, dressing in veils and robes of shocking pink and the brightest orange.

Harar lies far in the east of Ethiopia, with a road that rises out of the town in the direction of Somaliland.

The mighty Muslim leader Ahmed The Left-Handed led some fierce campaigns from here in the 16th Century.

On its narrow streets I meet goats, old men collapsed from chewing the narcotic khat and a young boy who stops to knock a football back and forth with me for a few minutes.

Off the main square, tailors sit in front of fabric shops ready to run up alterations.

Binyam, slotted behind his sewing machine, does a small tailoring job for me, recounting his Greek ancestry and the provenance of his sewing machine - a gift, he says proudly, which would cost you thousands in the local currency.

He warns me off sellers of bad bananas and nearby thieves.

I've come to find the city's brewery, which is what it's known for - beyond its holy credentials. For three decades now it's turned out Harar beer, its bottles carrying a label that depicts the old city's famous gates.

Outside these gates a tuk tuk taxi driver knows where to find the birra fabrica - the beer factory - and we set off, away from the old city, putt-putting slowly up a hill.

The brewery entrance is flanked on one side by a sign prohibiting firearms and, on the other, by an enormous beer bottle - perhaps meant to remind you why you can't bring in your gun: here be alcohol.

The giant bottle is four times the height of a man. I know this because there's a man in front of it, a security guard who's delighted to have a visitor.

He's not quite standing to attention, but the huge beer bottle does loom behind him a little like the guardhouse of one of the Queen's Guards in London.

Inside the grounds, green beer crates frame the horizon, with a green mosque in the distance.

Underfoot there are disused rail tracks. The net on a tennis court looks like it's in working order though and in a rusty-looking playground a man is watching his young boy on a swing. The sleepy air around the grounds is deceptive.

This brewery was sold off to the Heineken group by the government three years ago. The company says it plans to invest in the plant.

It wants to improve the manufacturing processes, bring in its know-how and start sourcing more material locally, either inside Ethiopia or in the region.

It's taken over another brewery at Bedele farther west, and is building a third close to the capital.

Many foreign companies point to cheap labour and helpful export tariffs as reasons for investing and the country's just been given a grade by the credit rating agencies for the first time.

Industrial parks have popped into view whenever I've travelled out on the arteries away from the capital, Addis Ababa.

Unilever, General Electric, GlaxoSmithKline, H&M, Tesco, Walmart, Samsung - they're all either in Ethiopia or thinking about it.

The Chinese are here too, turning out thousands of shoes daily for example, just south of the capital, for major international brands.

For Heineken, one of the motivations is a national market, beyond the grounds of the brewery, which can get a lot bigger - beer consumption in Ethiopia, it says, is only a third of what it is in neighbouring Kenya.

In the interests of research I stop in the brewery's clubhouse and order a beer. The women in the kitchen are amused at my intrusion. It's a public holiday and quiet, although people are moving tables and chairs and I suspect things might get going later on.

There's a healthy-looking trophy cabinet beside my table, filled perhaps with trophies won by the brewery's football team.

It competes in Ethiopia's premier league although it's sitting near the bottom of the table when I visit, with relegation threatening.

Back at the walls of the holy city, people in the market are oblivious to the brewery and to big business. For them the only drug worth trading is khat.

Outside my window two formidable-looking women have spread out their bags of khat leaves. A beggar, badly crippled, hauls himself over to them.

Moments ago they were screaming venom at a young man - a drug deal of sorts had gone bad it seems.

Now however they slip some leaves discreetly to the beggar, their way of giving alms, on the edge of the sacred town.



Back to top
Jay Theriot
Sun Jun 29 2014, 05:56AM
American-Style Lager Specialist

Registered Member #113
Joined: Thu Jun 18 2009, 04:42PM
City & State: Laplace, Louisiana
Posts: 2936
Thanked 444 times in 357 posts
Very, very interesting, BC!
Back to top
 

Jump:     Back to top

Syndicate this thread: rss 0.92 Syndicate this thread: rss 2.0 Syndicate this thread: RDF
Powered by e107 Forum System uses forum thanks
Bookmark with Delicious Bookmark with Digg Bookmark with Facebook Bookmark with Twitter Bookmark with Reddit Bookmark with Myspace
Render time: 0.2981 sec, 0.0398 of that for queries. DB queries: 76. Memory Usage: 3,100kB