And for those of you expecting a racist joke, this would be the part where you become bitterly disappointed……
*Allows time for those people to leave*
For those of you still with us, today’s blog is all about Namibian beers (and I apologise for the lack of updates the last two weeks – University/job applying is taking over my life.)
In case you’re a trifle geographically-challenged, Namibia is here. And if you were too lazy to click on that link, it’s just above South Africa on the west coast. According to Wikipedia, the country is known for its extensive wildlife, and its mining ventures. They also play international cricket and rugby (although they do tend to struggle a tad…..)
Now upon beginning my quest to drink a quite absurd number of beers, I was unaware of any thriving beer culture in Namibia.
Which made the discovery of these beers in a bottle shop in Warragul all the more puzzling.
There’s not a large Namibian population in Warragul. In fact, I don’t know if there’s a large Namibian population anywhere in Australia (for any irate Namibian people reading this, I’m more than happy to be proved wrong….)
Yet somehow, the Press Cellars in Warragul had not one, not two, but three beers from Namibia.
By now you should be aware of my love for buying beers purely on the basis that I’ve never had a beer from there before. At last count I’m up to 37 countries.
As a result of my compulsion, Windhoek Draught, Windhoek Lager and Tafel Lager were all quickly procured from the shelf.
All three are produced by Namibia Breweries – which operates out of Windhoek, the capital. Having a colonial background, the country produces beers in accordance with the German Purity Law of 1516 (or the Reinheitsgebot as it is also known).
Now, the beers themselves are nothing spectacular. In fact they’re exactly what I expected them to be: Fairly standard lagers. Good for a quick stubby or two on a hot day. However, the very fact that Australia is one of the countries that imports their beers – and seemingly imports quite a bit as I’ve seen Windhoek beers in quite a few bottle-shops – is reason enough to drink them!