The St. James's Gate Brewery, Dublin, Ireland

The St. James’s Gate Brewery, Dublin, Ireland (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Guinness (play /ˈɡɪnɨs/ GIN-is) is a popular Irish dry stout that originated in the brewery of Arthur Guinness (1725–1803) at St. James’s Gate, Dublin. Guinness is one of the most successful beer brands worldwide. It is brewed in almost 60 countries and is available in over 100. 850 million litres (1.5 billion imperial or 1.8 billion US pints) are sold annually.

A distinctive feature is the burnt flavour that is derived from roasted unmalted barley (though this is a relatively modern development since it did not become a part of the grist until well into the 20th century). For many years a portion of aged brew was blended with freshly brewed product to give a sharp lactic flavour. Although the Guinness palate still features a characteristic “tang”, the company has refused to confirm whether this type of blending still occurs. The beer’s thick, creamy head comes from mixing the beer with nitrogen when poured. It is popular with Irish people both in Ireland and abroad, and, in spite of a decline in consumption since 2001, is still the best-selling alcoholic drink in Ireland where Guinness & Co. makes almost €2 billion annually.

The company had its headquarters in London from 1932 onwards. It merged with Grand Metropolitan plc in 1997 and then figured in the development of the multi-national alcohol conglomerate Diageo.

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Bottle of Tusker Beer from East African Breweries.

Bottle of Tusker Beer from East African Breweries. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

East African Breweries Limited is a large East African brewing company which owns 80% of Kenya Breweries, 98.2% of Uganda Breweries, 100% of Central Glass – a glass manufacturer, 100% of Kenya Maltings and 46% of United Distillers and Vintners (Kenya) Limited, 100% of International Distilers Uganda, 100% EABL International (responsible for exporting), 100% of East African Maltings, 100% EABL Foundation and 51% of Serengeti Breweries limited.

Kenya Breweries was founded in 1922 by two white settlers, George and Charles Hurst.The company is owned by the Dodd family of Kenya. By 1990, most of the shareholders were Kenyan and the company was very successful.

Tanzania Breweries had been started by Kenya Breweries in the 1930s. After being nationalized in 1967, Tanzania Breweries was poorly managed. However, in 1993 the Tanzanian government entered into a joint venture with South African Breweries Limited to run Tanzania Breweries. South African Breweries is one of the largest and most efficient brewing companies in the world. They turned Tanzania Breweries around with extraordinary speed, almost tripling production in the space of three years.

In 2002 East African Breweries Limited (EABL) and SABMiller Plc. effected a share swap of their interests in their subsidiaries: Kenya Breweries Limited and Tanzania Breweries Limited. EABL acquired 20% of the equity of Tanzania Breweries. SABMiller Plc. acquired a 20% equity stake in Kenya Breweries.

The partnership between EABL and SAB Miller in Tanzania went through turbulence in 2009, EABL claiming breach of contract by Tanzania Breweries (TBL) that led to low quality of EABL’s drinks that were produced by TBL and restriction of some of Diageo’s and EABL brands to enter the Tanzanian market. This led to EABL’s acquisition of 51% of Serengeti Breweries Limited (SBL) and exit from TBL’s shareholder structure. SAB Miller still holds 20% in Kenya Breweries.

In 2003, Kenya Breweries consumed almost 6 % of the Nairobi water supply.

The largest shareholder is Diageo Plc. EABL’s primary listing is on the Nairobi Stock Exchange, and is cross-listed on the Uganda Securities Exchange and Dar-es-Salaam Stock Exchanges.

Tusker brands Tusker is the main brand of East African Breweries with over 30% of the Kenyan beer market selling more than 700,000 hectolitres per year. Tusker is also the largest beer brand in the Diageo group of companies. It is a 4.2% abv pale lager. The brand was first marketed in 1923, shortly after the founder of Kenya Breweries Ltd, George Hurst, was killed by an elephant during a hunting accident. It was in this year that the elephant logo, that is synonymous with Tusker Lager, was incorporated. The slogan “Bia Yangu, Nchi Yangu”, means “My Beer, My Country” in Swahili.

In early 2008, the UK supermarket chain Tesco began selling Tusker, followed soon after by Sainsbury’s.

Brands in Kenya
Tusker – 4.2% ABV Pale Lager
Tusker Malt – 5% ABV Premium Lager
Tusker Lite – 4% ABV Lite Lager – introduced November 2011

Pilsner – Pale lager aimed at contemporary adults
Pilsner Ice – 5.2% ABV Pale Lager – introduced November 2011

Guinness Foreign Extra Stout – 7.5% ABV Stout

Allsopps Lager – 5.5% ABVLager
Senator Lager – 6% ABV Barley Beer
President Extra Lager – 6.6& ABV -0 Lager

Brands in Uganda
Bell Lager

Brands in Tanzania
Serengeti Lager

The company also makes Uganda Waragi, a 40% abv brand of waragi, traditional Ugandan liquor, and the leading branded distilled beverage in Uganda. It is made from millet, and triple distilled. It is known in Uganda as “The Spirit of Uganda,” or simply UG. The main markets include other African countries such as Rwanda, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Sudan.

In 1965, “The Enguli Act” decreed that distillation would only be legal under license, and distillers should sell to the government run Uganda Distilleries Ltd – which produced a branded bottled product, marketed under the name Uganda Waragi.

Brouwerij ‘t Koelschip (The Coolship, after a traditional piece of brewing equipment used to cool the wort after boiling), full name Ambachtelijke Bierbrouwerij en Distilleerderij ‘T KOELSCHIP, is a Dutch Brewer, based in Almere, which made a joke claim to make the world’s strongest beer when they made a 60% abv beer cocktail called Start the Future from a blend of beer and whiskey.

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A Kranz (wreath) of Kölsch beer.

A Kranz (wreath) of Kölsch beer. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The most popular draught beer in Iceland for some years, Viking Lager, is now also available in cans. It is pleasantly mild with a slightly sweet flavor. Less filling and more refreshing than many other beers, Víking Lager has an alcohol content of 4,5%, making it ideal for those who prefer a medium-strength beer with less bitterness.

Víking Golden lager is an internationally recognized quality beer that has received Monde Selection gold medals in 1992, 2002 and 2003. It has an alcohol content of 5,6% by volume and is brewed using a large quantity of hops to give it its much coveted bitterness.

Brewed using a special method that leaves almost no residual sugars, Víking Lite contains a third fewer calories than ordinary beer, making it ideal for those who wish to enjoy a fine beer with limited carbohydrates. Viking Lite has an alcohol content of 4,4% by volume.   A mild and refreshing beer, best drunk ice-cold.

Víking Classic is a Vienna style beer with golden amber colour.   It has a medium body and firm enough hop bitterness to provide a balanced finish. Taste is malty and with some toasted notes . Balancing sweetness and a hint of caramel in the aftertaste.

Víking Strong lager has an alcohol content of 7%, making it the strongest beer in the Víking range. It has a pale golden colour with little bitterness and the slightly sweet savour of malt.   Víking Sterkur is popular because of its pleasantly mild character which is retained despite its high alcohol content.

Víking Christmas beer has been the best seller in Iceland for many years.  This Marzen Vienna style beer was first introduced in 1990.  It has golden amber colour and taste notes of malt,  burnt sugar and caramel.  The brewing takes longer time due to low heat secondary fermentation after main fermentation is finished.  Due to this method the beer has better balance and body.

Viking Easter beer has been brewed since 1990, it is a South-German Dunkel style beer. The brewmaster uses four types of malt to gain more fill and hint of chocolate, coffee and caramel. Viking Easter beer has medium bitterness and a hint of roasted flavors.

Víking Þorrabjór style has changed from year to year in past couple of years. The brew master brings something new and special each year.

Víking Malt is a sweet malty drink with taste of liquorice and caramel.   It is low carbonated with dark brown color and quite foamy.

Víking Hátíðarblanda is a traditional Icelandic Christmas blend of Víking Malt and Hátíðarappelsin (Orange soft drink).   It has a malty taste with hint of orange.   This blend is very popular around Christmas and Easter in Iceland.

Víking Ölgerð is a sub brand to Víking.   Our brewery has a long tradition with its roots back to 1939 when the brewery was established in Siglufjordur in the Northern part of Iceland.   Later on it was moved to Akureyri where it is currently located.  Víking Ölgerð focuses on brewing speciality beers, more off the beaten track.   Víking Ölgerð is the only brewery in Iceland certified to brew organic beers.

Our Stout was first produced in 2008 and was the first Icelandic Stout.   Dark, roasted aroma, espresso beans, dark chocolate and cocoa are words that can be used to describe our Stout.   It is intense in texture and character, yet relatively easy drinking and balanced.

Pils Organic is a South-German Bavarian style beer. Golden pils beer with a slight mist to it with rich head.   Flowers, grass, hint of dough and spices.   A beer with distinctive floral hoppyness, medium bitterness and good balance. The production of Pils Organic is certified organic.

Roald Smeets, The Egill Skallagrímsson Brewery (Icelandic: Ölgerð Egils Skallagrímssonar) is an Icelandic brewery and beverage company based in Reykjavík and founded on April 17, 1913.

The brewery is named after the viking poet and adventurer, Egill Skallagrímsson. The brewery produces, imports and distributes a large number of foreign and local drink products in Iceland, amongst them Pepsi, 7up, Grape-fruit soda, Tuborg, Maltextract (Egils Malt), Egils Appelsín (an orange soda), and Egils Pilsner.

The Egill Skallagrímsson brewery produces pale lager under the Egils brand, including Egils Pilsner, Egils Gull and Egils Premium. It also produced Litli-Jón. The production of Litli-Jón was stopped in 2008.

English: Duchesse de Bourgogne, Belgian beer

English: Duchesse de Bourgogne, Belgian beer (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Duchesse de Bourgogne is a Flanders red ale-style beer produced by Brouwerij Verhaeghe in Vichte, Belgium. After a primary and secondary fermentation, this ale is matured in oak barrels for 18 months. The final product is a blend of a younger 8-month-old beer with an 18-month-old beer. The name of the beer is meant to honor Duchess Mary of Burgundy, the only daughter of Charles the Bold, born in Brussels in 1457, who died young in a horse riding accident. Like all Flemish red ales, Duchesse de Bourgogne has a characteristically sour, fruity flavor similar to that of lambic beers.


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Flanders red ale is a style of sour ale usually brewed in Belgium. Although sharing a common ancestor with English porters of the 17th century, the Flanders red ale has evolved along a different track: the beer is often fermented with organisms other than Saccharomyces cerevisiae, especially Lactobacillus, which produces a sour character attributable to lactic acid. Long periods of aging are employed, a year or more, often in oaken barrels, to impart an acetic acid character to the beer. Special red malt is used to give the beer its unique color and often the matured beer is blended with a younger batch before bottling to balance and round the character.

Flanders reds have a strong fruit flavor similar to the aroma, but more intense. Plum, prune, raisin and raspberry are the most common flavors, followed by orange and some spiciness. All Flanders red ales have an obvious sour or acidic taste, but this characteristic can range from moderate to strong. There is no hop bitterness, but tannins are common. Consequently, Flanders red ales are often described as the most “wine-like” of all beers.

Notable examples include Duchesse de Bourgogne and Rodenbach.