Beer versus Beer - The Race: Kenya vs Ethiopia

8 months ago
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This post is about beer, but first I must briefly digress

Ethiopia versus Kenya in long distance running events has for decades been one of sport’s great rivalries. On the track, on the road and cross-country these two countries have consistently produced some of the World’s best athletes. And I am sure that lots of fit and healthy amateur runners have debated which country is best, with no clear answer

Until today

Today an unfit and unhealthy non-runner can settle once and for all which country is the best – based simply on who has the best beer

You might imagine that such an approach is a totally inappropriate way to determine this, but if you think a bit more deeply you will see that there are lots of similarities between beer drinking and running

We start off at quite a sprint

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Then we settle into a steady but fast rhythm

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Eventually we get tired and a bit wobbly, and we are desperate to get home

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And at the end we collapse in public in a heap

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The next day we feel exhausted and totally drained, but that doesn’t stop us doing it all again the following weekend, or even the following day

So for this race I am starting off at a sprint, but given that this is Kenya vs Ethiopia I expect it to turn into a marathon. As I am the only participant in the race I should win easily, but I fear I will end up dropping out ‘injured and unable to continue’ halfway through - wish me luck!!

Ideally I would have got hold of 8 different bottles to make this a proper 8 lane track race, but I only found one type of beer from each country, so it’s a straight up head to head – there is no hiding place today!!

In Lane 1 we have Tusker Beer, a ‘Finest Quality Lager’ brewed by the East African Breweries Group, from Nairobi, Kenya

In Lane 2 we have St George Beer, a ‘Premium Lager Beer’ brewed by the St George Brewery in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Take your Marks

Set

Go

From the start the Tusker moves into an early lead. It is the first beer to be brewed by the East African Brewing Company (now part of Diageo), back in the 1920s, and is so named because the company founder was killed in an elephant hunting accident

It is a 4.2% pale lager and comes in a very generous 500ml bottle

I like the look of the bottle – the yellow and black go well and I really like the happy-looking elephant on the label. I’ve never been to Kenya, or on safari, but I can totally imagine drinking ice cold bottles of this stuff at a safari camp while looking out over a watering hole at the wildlife

Oh, and the taste – I almost forgot. Well, it’s a pale lager, and so what you are getting here is a beer that tastes like pale lager. It’s not as exciting as all the craft beers that we’re all reviewing on here at the moment, but if I was on safari in Africa - or just in a hotel or bar or restaurant in Nairobi - and it was boiling hot, I would take this beer over the fancy craft beer anyday. Sometimes you just need a freezing cold lager in an iced glass…

Halfway through the first lap, the Tusker is drained and the St George has taken the lead. St George is the patron saint of Ethiopia, and the St George Brewery is Ethiopia’s oldest, having been founded in 1922 (the same year as the East African incidentally)

It’s 4.7% and comes in a ‘standard’ 33cl bottle. It’s another cool-looking bottle – definitely some history there with the picture of St George slaying the dragon. I really like the fact that the bottle looks so different. It seems like a bottle that you would only ever get in some exotic place fan far away – although I write that from the comfort of my flat. Of course it’s a lot smaller than the Tusker, and that’s not good

And the taste – well, there are positives and negatives. On the positive side, it tasted like a nice cold beer, and I like nice cold beer! On the negative side, it has quite an intense malty taste which, for me at least, is a bit much. The next person along may love it, but personally I can’t imagine having more than one or two of them, especially if I was in such a hot country

I don’t find it bad, and I love the fact that I can walk down the road and buy some beer that was brewed in Ethiopia, but at the same time I don’t find it particularly good, and that is perhaps not good enough at this rarefied level of competition!!

Post-Race Recap

I really wanted this to be a close and tough race that went to the wire, but for me the bottle of St George pulled up injured pretty early on, leaving the Tusker to romp home for an easy victory

I am still competing in my own personal marathon…

Thanks for reading!

Holbein81

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  ·  8 months ago

How fun! I definitely wouldn't be standing upright if I had to reboot all the beer! Creative post. Great framework.

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Thanks for the comment @karencarrens!
I enjoyed searching for gifs for this one!!

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  ·  8 months ago

hehehe.... review all the beer! not reboot! darn spellcheck! And, yes, I love gifs! They're so fun!

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  ·  8 months ago

I definitely do love a good lager on a hot day too! Ranier is my bottom shelf American lager of choice.

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  ·  8 months ago

Never had Ranier, will have to look out for it!

Cheers

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  ·  8 months ago

It's just a cheap lager- remarkably interchangeable with PBR, for instance.

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  ·  8 months ago

Very well articulated my friend to deliver the right message. Super post. Upvoted and following u.
Regards Nainaz
#thealliance

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  ·  8 months ago

Glad you enjoyed it - and thanks for the comment and upvote!

Cheers

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  ·  8 months ago

I'm german and never tried beer. I know, it's shameful.

upvoted

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  ·  8 months ago

That is a bit shameful 😬
On the plus side, if you are in Germany you shouldn’t have much trouble finding some beer to try...
Good luck

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  ·  8 months ago

I have to say having tried both I agree Tusker is the clear winner in this race

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  ·  8 months ago

Calling @originalworks :)
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  ·  8 months ago

Another good piece. Soon, soon I'll get to doing one on Quebec's own Unibroue....

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