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The complete list of Ethiopian Beer

Here are list of All beers in Ethiopia. This list includes ABV, Size, Company and Style of the beers in Ethiopia Beer market.

Beer: St. George

Ethiopia-st-george-BeerABV: 4.5%

Size: 33cl

Company: BGI Ethiopia
Style: Lager

BGI Ethiopia is the largest brewer in Ethiopia and St. George is the motherload. Up and coming for BGI is Amber and Castel. You see the ubiquitous yellow sign of St. George fighting a dragon in every village and street corner. The draft house near Mexico Square in Addis Ababa is worth a visit and is teaming with locals. If you’re lucky, one of the customers sitting at one of the tables surrounded by 10 empty glasses will hook you up with a pint.

What was said:
“beer pong beer”
“party beer for the folks you don’t like too much”
“post yard work beer”
“simple”
“free wedding beer”

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Beer: Walia
Ethiopia-walia-beer
ABV: 5%

Size: 33cl

Company: HBSC
Style: Lager

HBSC aka Heineken and perhaps soon SABMiller (who recently made a bid to take over the company) pumped out a new brew just in time to usher in the Ethiopian New Year, 2007. The label has since changed and is now called Walia. A more fitting title might be Whoa!

What was said:
“weird smell”
“Budweiser backwash”
“too bad to take to anyone’s party”
“smells like the floor of a frat house after a big party”
“I rather have a Milwaukee’s Best”

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Beer: Castel

Ethiopia-castel-beerABV: 5.5%

Size: 33cl

Company: BGI Ethiopia
Style: Lager

Another BGI product that has a little bit more going for it than St. George. The advertisements around town are geared towards the more polished beer aficionado. The new bottle design forgoes the paper label in place of letters in a relief style. A very non-threatening looking beverage.

What was said:
“better than the first two”
“good enough for your distant cousin’s 43rd birthday”
“uneventful, yet again”
“smoother going down”
“afternoon beer where there’s nothing else”

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Beer: Bedele Special
Ethiopia-bedele-beer
ABV: 5.5%

Size: 33cl
Company: Bedele Brewery
Style: Pale Lager

Another company developed by Czech brewers (see: Harar)  bites the dust. The once government owned Bedele Brewery was one of the two snatched up by Heineken. The company hosts Bedele (not tasted) and Bedele Special. If you’re a fan of the can, you’re in luck. Bedele Special now available in a six-pack.

What was said:
“crisp and refreshing”
“a more challenging lager”
“from sandbox to litter box”
“nothing much, but a better fizz”
“old garbage disposal”

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Beer: Dashen

Ethiopia-dashen-beerABV: 4.5%

Size: 33cl
Company: Dashen Brewery, Gondar
Style: Pils

Situated outside of Gondar in Northern Ethiopia, A favorite with the expats. Rumor has it that the beer tour is excellent and has free samples. Our school had a field trip to the brewery and all the kids got was a quiz from their teacher.

What was said:
note: This was tasted warm and will post an update soon.

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Beer: Meta

Ethiopia-meta-beerABV: 5%

Size: 33cl
Company: Meta ABO Brewery S.C. Ethiopia
Style: Lager

Also in the frenzy to snatch up Ethiopian breweries, the Diageo Group staked its’ claim on “The Pride of Ethiopia” – Meta. Meta is brewed with malted barley, hops, and spring water. The Meta facility outside of Addis is a perfect place to spend an afternoon. Take a swim in the pool, see the waterfall, enjoy lunch, and drink a beer.

What was said:
“nice for a yellow beer”
“sweet puppy breath, best light beer”
“taste like Ethiopia”
“sweet smelling, honey”
“Is this a social experiment, are you giving us the same beer each time?”

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Beer: Meta Premium
Ethiopia-meta-premium
ABV: 5%

Size: 33cl
Company: Meta ABO Brewery S.C. Ethiopia
Style: Lager

Meta’s blue label, established in 1967, states: “Crafted with pride, beer matured longer for a superior flavor.” Creeping up on the expat radar and soon to be a favorite.

What was said:
“taste like Friday night at the local”
“an all-nighter beer”
“Tuesday’s $1 beer”
“these chemicals will hurt you at 3 am”
“make me want salty nuts…er…peanuts or cashews”

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Beer: Harar

ABV: 5%

Size: 33cl
Company: Harar Brewery, Ethiopia (Owned by HBSC)
Style: Lager

Yet another company owned by Heineken. I was told that when Heineken came into the fold, it laid off more than 500 people at the company in addition to making changes in both the brew times to the original recipe. I was fortunate enough to try both Harar and Hakim Stout in the older bottles. There are subtle, but noticeable differences in both. While both are still drinkable, I prefer the original taste.

What was said:
“I want to like it, but can’t”
“a real Bud? No, a fake Bud.”
“teenaged summers”
“slightly bitter, has a bite, sort of like a pils form Eastern Europe”
“slightly burnt honey taste”

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Beer: Amber
Ethiopia-Amber-Beer
ABV: 5.5%

Size: 33cl
Company: BGI Ethiopia
Style: Lager

New on the Ethiopian beer scene in recent years, it has been a favorite and a hit with both the locals and feringi (Foreigners). A bottle will set you back a few cents more, but worth it. BGI thought it needed to compete with Harar’s Hakim Stout and Amber was their answer.

What was said:
“smells like a cute girl named Amber”
“more challenging than others, super sweet”
“Oktoberfest, spicy”
“Ethiopian beer is saved”
“sweet caramel”

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Beer: Hakim Stout

ABV: 5.5%

Size: 33cl
Company: Harar Brewery, Ethiopia (Owned by HBSC)
Style: Stout

What was said:
“open 2 hours early to de-fizz and we’re talking beer”
“smells like trouble”
“malty, bitter, lacks the true flavor of the original recipe of this beer”
“extra sugar”
“smells better than it tastes”

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Beer: Zemen

ethiopia-zemen-beerABV: 4.5%

Size: 33cl

Company: Diageo
Style: Lager

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Beer: Raya

ethiopia-raya-beerABV: __%

Size: __cl

Company: Raya Brewery S.C
Style: Lager

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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(Additional data from camelsandtacos)

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