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Guide pour la bière au Burkina Faso

Avec plus de 40 bières différentes, de bons prix sur les bières importées et avec des brasseries artisanales opérant à Ouagadougou, le Burkina Faso est la capitale de la bière en Afrique de l’Ouest.

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Biére de Brasserie Artisanale De Ouagadougou

Bière locales

Les bières locales Brakina, Flag, Beaufort, SO.B.BRA et Guinnes sont fabriquées par l’usine locale de bière appartenant au groupe Castel qui est l’un des principaux acteurs de l’Afrique.

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Souvent servi dans des bouteilles de 65 cl, pour 600 CFA comme taux normal

Brakina (4,2% ABV) est la bière la plus largement distribuée et consommée au Burkina Faso. Même dans les petits villages sans électricité, une bouteille de Brakina froide peut être servie à tout moment de la journée.

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Brakina

La culture de la bière est détendue et sociale. Les gens, surtout les hommes, boivent du début de l’heure du déjeuner jusqu’à la fin de la nuit. Beaucoup préfèrent boire de nombreuses bières à faible teneur d’alcool et c’est pour cela que Brakina et So.b.bra sont si populaires, mais aussi grâce au prix d’environ 600 CFA (1 USD) pour une bouteille de 65 cl.

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Brasseries artisanales locales

La Brasserie Artisanale De Ouagadougou est la première brasserie artisanale au Burkina Faso. Le suédois Jonathan Gharbi fabrique les bières et les vend ensuite au nouveau Restaurant l’Annexe à Ouagadougou, Zone Du Bois. Les bières sont normalement introduites chaque vendredi. Quand il n’y a pas de bière artisanale, des bières régionales comme Awoyoo ou Doppel Munich du Togo sont servies à la place.

annexe 2       Gaela et Basil de l’Annexe avec Jonathan livrant des bières artisanales et régionales.

La dernière bière artisanale introduite en avril 2017 était l’IPA “Make beer not cars”. La bière précédente était un porter brassé au malt et au sorgho local appelé: Maman, je veux être un Bogan.

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Que’ est-ce qu’un Bogan?? Bon temps pour appendre..
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Make beer not cars – India Pale Ale

Si vous souhaitez visiter un endroit plus local et avoir votre bière à la manière locale, visitez Maquis QG dans 1200 Logements à Ouagadougou. Il y a environ dix bières différentes et la sélection change chaque semaine. Gilchrist, qui est le propriétaire de Maquis QG, obtient la plupart de ses bières du Togo et du Ghana.

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La spécialitè chez Maquis QG est la viande sauvage les rats sauvages, les singes, les bocks et bien plus encore

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Le Maquis QG a un menu varié de bières et les prix sont bas. Environ 1000 CFA pour les bières importées. Le QG Maquis est comme la plupart des endroits à Ouaga; assez difficile à trouver, mais suivez la carte google et vous la trouverez. C’est simple, mais bon pour l’amoureux de la bière. Le maquis est ouvert de 9 h à minuit tous les jours. Il y a des centaines de ces petits établissements de bière appelés maquis à Ouagadougou. Souvent, des bières froides sont servies avec de la viande grillée et des frites faites maison.

Le brasseur secret d’Ouaga

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Si vous aimez les bières triples belges et la charcuterie, ceci pourrait être votre nouveau domicile, si vous connaissez quelqu’un qui peut vous montrer l’endroit. Les bières sont des bières belges classiques: la Chouffe, Westmalle, Rochefort et Ploegsteert. Elles sont servis avec un plat de charcuterie fait maison. Les triples belges sont fabriqués chaque semaine et sont servis pendant les heures de repos. Seulement quelques-uns ont trouvé leur chemin ici jusqu’à présent, et ce n’est pas un lieu pour les amateurs de bière locaux. La première bière a été versée en avril 2017.

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Westmalle a Ouaga??

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La brasserie est dirigée par un véritable passionné de bière. Les bières sont bien parés avec la charcuterie. Si vous avez faim, mangez avant. La bière est le point focal. Une dizaine de bières importées sont servies et chacune est également présentée dans le verre de bière approprié. Impressionnant! Comme dit le titre; C’est difficile à trouver, mais ça vaut vraiment le coup!

Bières importées à Ouagadougou

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Pas mal! Leffe Royale Cascade IPA et White Chimay sont vraiment bonnes!

Il y a quelques supermarchés en ville avec de bons prix sur les bières belges, françaises et russes importées. Les meilleurs supermarchés pour la bière sont Scimas et Home Market. Mais comme avec le lait, le beurre et la farine de blé … certaines fois il reste plus rien.

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Beaucoup de ces bières ont été servi lors d’un événement de bière plus tôt cette année.

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Biére de Liban, Danemark et US

Vous pouvez facilement collecter jusqu’à 20 bières différentes en visitant les supermarchés. Les bières de la région ne sont pas vendues dans les supermarchés, elles ne peuvent être achetées qu’à l’un des endroits spéciaux de la bière / Maquis qui vendent des bières importées. La plupart peuvent être commandés chez QG Maquis et le propriétaire Gilchrist vous aidera. Une autre option peut être le maquis situé en face de l’hôtel Bravia près de l’aéroport, qui aussi vende de la bière au Ghana.

Bières de la région

Le brasseur artisanal le plus proche fait de la bière au Ghana. Vous pouvez visiter la Microbrasserie Intérieure pour avoir des porters et des lagers brassés avec du sorgho et d’autres ingrédients locaux. Sinon, les seuls choix pour le voyageur de la bière sont différentes lagers, stouts et quelques bières spéciales qui sont toutes produites en série. Les bières importé au Burkina proviennent du Togo, du Ghana et de la Côte d’Ivoire. Ne vous attendez pas à des bières du Mali ou du Niger.

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Club, Etoile et Château Milk Stout du Ghana avec Togos Awoyoo et Bock de Côte d’Ivoire
La meilleure nation de la bière en Afrique

Avec 206 brasseries artisanales, l’Afrique du Sud est le principal pays de la bière artisanale en Afrique. Pas tellement à commenter, assurez-vous seulement que vous avez le temps de les visiter tous. Pourquoi ne pouvaient-ils pas en partager avec le reste du continent? Il n’est même pas possible de les acheter en dehors de l’Afrique du Sud. Á mi-chemin vers l’Europe, nous avons le Kenya avec trois brasseries artisanales et une nouvelle tendance à la bière artisanale. The Big Five breweries et Sirville Brewery font des lots de 500 à 1000 litres et servent 4-5 bières faites à la main sur pression. Pas de wild cards, mais encore beaucoup plus de goût et de saveurs que les bières ordinaires que vous versez dans votre pot un vendredi après-midi.

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Brasserie Serville a Nairobi

Beer guide to Burkina Faso

More than 40 different beers, good prices on imported beers and craft breweries operating in Ouagadougou makes Burkina Faso the beer capital in West Africa.

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Beer from Brasserie Artisanale De Ouagadougou

Local beers

The local beers Brakina, Flag, Beaufort and SO.B.BRA and Guinnes are brewed by the local beer factory owned by Castell group which is one of the mayor players in Africa.

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Often served in 65 cl bottles, for 600 CFA as the normal rate

Brakina (4.2 % ABV) is the most widely distributed and consumed beer in Burkina Faso. Even in the small villages with no electricity, a bottle of cold Brakina can be served any time of the day.

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Even here, three hours from Ouaga you can have a cold beer despite no electricity

The beer culture is relaxed and social. People, mostly men, drink from early lunch time to late night. Women does drink too, many couples eat dinner and drink together. As a foreign women you don´t have to worry that people look down on you if you drink. The culture is so relaxed that mosques and maquis are side by side. In many countries there is a law that forbids beer establishments to be close to a mosque. Not here. Many prefer to drink many low alcohol beers and that’s why Brakina and So.b.bra are so popular with low alcohol and about 600 CFA (1 USD) for a 65 cl bottle. It´s quite rare to se really drunk people. Mostly people drink a few beers slowly but during weekends you need to watch up for all late beer drinkers driving home on motorcycles.

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Fermentation tanks at Brakina Factory in Ouagadougou

Local Craft beer – Brasserie Artisanale De Ouagadougou

Brasserie Artisanale De Ouagadougou is the first craft brewery in Burkina Faso. Swedish Jonathan Gharbi is making the beers and they are sold at the newly opened Resuarant Annexe a Ouagadougou in Zone Du Bois. Beers are normally introduced every Friday and when there is no craft beer, regional beers like Awoyoo or Doppel Munich from Togo are served.

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Gaela and Basil from Annexe with Jonathan delivering craft and regional beers

Latest beer release was the IPA “Make beer not cars” which was delievered in April 2017. The beer before was a 8.5 % strong porter brewed with malt and local sorghum called: Mum, i wanna be a Bogan.

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What´s a Bogan?? well time to learn…
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Malty IPA with some citra and cascade hops

If you want to visit a more local place and have your beer the local way, visit the newly opened Maquis QG in 1200 Logements, Ouagadougou. There you have about 10 different beers and the selection is shifting every week depending on the beers that arrive. Gilchrist who is the guy behind Maquis QG is getting most beers from Togo and Ghana. He has three stouts, Guinness, Trio stout and Castle Milk stout. The 33 cl bottle of Trio extra stout for 500 CFA only is a full bodied and tasty stout, maybe the best in Ouaga.

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Maquis QG has a shifting beer menu and prices are low. About 1000 CFA for imported beers.

QG Maquis is like most places in Ouaga; quite hard to find but follow the google map and you will find it. It is simple but fine for the beer lover and open from 9 AM to midnight every day. There are hundreds of this small beer establishments, called Maquis in Ouagadougou. Often cold beers are served with grilled meat and some home made french fries. You have the simple Maquis with 550 CFA for a bottle and there are the fancy ones where you might pay up to 700 CFA for the same bottle Brakina.

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The speciality at Maquis QG is wild meat; wild rats, monkeys, bock and much more

The secret brewer in Ouaga

If you like Belgian triples and cold cuts, this might be your new home –if you happen to know someone who can show you the place. Beers are Belgian, classical beers lika La Chouffe, Westmalle, Rochefort and Ploegsteert are served with a platter of home-made cold cuts. Belgian triples are crafted on a weekly basis and are served during afterwork hours. Only a few has found their way here so far but is only a place for local beer enthusiasts. The first beer was poured in April 2017.

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IMG_20170419_192008606The brewery is run by a true beer enthusiast and the Belgian beers does match very well with the cold cuts. If you are hungry, eat before. Beer is the focus. About ten imported beers are served and each is also presented in the proper beer glass. Impressive! As the title says; it´s hard to find, but well worth the effort!

Imported beers in Ouagadougou

There are a few super markets in town with good prices on imported Belgian, French and Russian beers. The best super markets for beer are Scimas and Home market. But like the milk and the butter and the wheat flour…. some times it´s all gone. Many of these beers where served at a beer event earlier this year. You can easily collect up to 20 different beers just by shopping the super markets. The beers from the region are not sold at the super markets, they can only be bought at one of the special beer places/Maquis that sell imported beers. Most can be ordered at QG Maquis and the owner Gilchrist will help you (he even speaks english). Another option can be the maquis which is situated in front of hotel Bravia close to the airport, they do also sell beer from Ghana.

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A few of the French and Belgian beers.
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Almaza from Lebanon, Faxe stout Denmark and Budweiser with a few more
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Not too bad! Leffe Royale Cascade IPA and the White Chimay are reall good!

Beers from the Region

The closest craft brewer is making beer in Ghana, visit Inland Microbrewery to have porter and lager brewed with sorghum and other local ingredients. Otherwise the only choices for the beer traveller is different lagers and a few special beers which all are mass produced. Beers are coming weekly from Togo, Ghana and Ivory Coast to Burkina Faso. Expect no beers from neighbouring Mali and Niger.

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Club, Star and Castle Milk Stout from Ghana with Togos Awoyoo and Bock from Ivory Coast

Best beers in Africa

With 206 craft breweries, South Africa is the leading craft beer nation. Not so much to say, just make sure you have the time to visit them all. Why couldn´t they share a few with the rest of the continent? It´s not even possible to get them outside South Africa. Then half ways to Europe we have Kenya with three craft breweries and a slow growing small craft beer trend. The Big Five breweries and Sirville Brewery are making 500-1000 liter batches and serves 4-5 hand crafted beers on tap. Not any wild cards but still much more taste and flavours than the regular stuff you pour into your jar a Friday afternoon.

Beer in Tunisia

Despite that Tunisia is a country with 98% Muslims, you can find both locally produced and imported beers. There is even a micro brewery in the coastal city Hammamet. In most Muslim countries, alcohol is forbidden but Tunisia, where the Arabic spring began, has always been more open and international compared with other countries in the region.

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Beer traditions                                                                                                                         Consuming alcohol in public is not accepted but in most hotels and restaurants you can buy the Tunisian beers Celtia, 33 extra dry, or Stella. All beers are light lager, 5% strong and suitable for the hot Mediterranean weather. Most shopping malls sell beer but in a special corner which is open Monday to Friday and closed during religious holidays.

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Normally you can find Celtia beer and then Heineken and Becks in most hotels and shops, other beers are very hard to find. You can choose between Heineken or Celtia. The price in a restaurant/hotel for a 25 cl Celtia beer is normally 5 Dinars, about 3 USD. Tunisians and tourists consumed beer for 14 million USD 2012. Beer is appreciated among Tunisians and the consumtion is slowly increasing. It is also impressing to se that most shops have at least two different alcohol free beers which can be consumed during religious holidays.

Tunisian craft beer

Due to the attacks in 2015 and 2016, tourism has declined and so also the beer consumption. The domestic beer consumption is so far on international styled lagers such as Celtia and Stella. There is also a stronger beer, Berber Forte which is sold in 25 cl cans. There where two microbreweries in Tunisia a few years ago making German styled beers. Now there is one that soon will be closed in Hammamet. They made both lager and black lager but since almost no tourists come to Hammet anymore, all restaurants are closed.

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Beer in Nambibia

Namibias German heritage is best enjoyed chilled at one of hundreds of beer places. The location, close to Africas craft beer mecca ; South Africa makes the country very interesting for someone who drinks beer.  There are more than 10 locally produced beers in Windhoek, the capital of Namibia. You will find German beers such as Maibok, weizen and Schwarzbeer. The Namibian beer Windhoek lager can also be found in other African countries such as Kenya and Burkina Faso.  The craft beer trend has not arrived yet but since its booming in South Africa, soon Namibia will be on that map too.

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Windhoek lager bought in Kenya, Nairobi

When in Windhoek, make a visit to Joe´s Beerhouse  where you can have beer samples for a proper beer tasting.  A handfull lagers on tap and many on bottle. You can also enjoy a zebra steak and other game at the restaurant.

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Namibia has a tough climate but duri ng the winter season, more black and bock beer seems to be availbale. Expect to find a good range of lagers in Namibia but you have to wait a few years until there will be some IPA and heavy Porters available.

After a quick search on ratebeer.com you find two operating breweries; Namibia Breweries making mainly lagers and then Camelthorn Brewing company that brews Märzen, Weissen, Bockbier, Schwarzbier, Ale and fruit beers. Camelthorn does use the description Craft Beer for their products and campaigns for craft beer to become more popular.

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A selection of beers in Namibia

Windhoek lager, Windhoek special, Windhoek draught, Hansa bock, Hansa export, Stellenbrau Jonkers Weiss, Namibia Tafel Lager, Camelthorn Red Dune Roibos, Camelthorn Summer Ale, Camelthorn Weissbier, Camelthorn Red and Camelthorn Bok Beer.

Camelthorn did also sell their beer to some Swedes and their Red Ale and Weizen was exported to a Swedish connoiseeur restaurant.

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Beer in Tunisia

Despite that Tunisia is a country with 98% Muslims, you can find both locally produced and imported beers. There is even a micro brewery in the coastal city Hammamet. In most Muslim countries, alcohol is forbidden but Tunisia, where the Arabic spring began, has always been more open and international compared with other countries in the region.

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Alcohol free beers

Beer traditions                                                                                                                         Consuming alcohol in public is not accepted but in most hotels and restaurants you can buy the Tunisian beers Celtia, 33 extra dry, or Stella. All beers are light lager, 5% strong and suitable for the hot Mediterranean weather. Most shopping malls sell beer but in a special corner which is open Monday to Friday and closed during religious holidays.

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Beer in Tunisia

Normally you can find Celtia beer and then Heineken and Becks in most hotels and shops, other beers are very hard to find. You can choose between Heineken or Celtia. The price in a restaurant/hotel for a 25 cl Celtia beer is normally 5 Dinars, about 3 USD. Tunisians and tourists consumed beer for 14 million USD 2012. Beer is appreciated among Tunisians and the consumtion is slowly increasing. It is also impressing to se that most shops have at least two different alcohol free beers which can be consumed during religious holidays.

Tunisian craft beer

Due to the attacks in 2015 and 2016, tourism has declined and so also the beer consumption. The domestic beer consumption is so far on international styled lagers such as Celtia and Stella. There is also a stronger beer, Berber Forte which is sold in 25 cl cans. There where two microbreweries in Tunisia a few years ago making German styled beers. Now there is one that soon will be closed in Hammamet. They made both lager and black lager but since almost no tourists come to Hammet anymore, all restaurants are closed.

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Berber Forte, Tunisias strongest beer