Sunday, June 8, 2014

St. George Beer - Ethiopia - 3/6/2014

The low down: 
If you, like me, grew up in the 80's, you probably spent a good portion of your childhood trying to avoid eating vegetables only to be told by your parent and or guardian "There are children starving in Africa." This beer is from the place where they were starving.

It's a light cereal flavoured serviceable pale ale, with a excessively watery consistency and not much else to it. It is the quintessential ordinary macro beer.

The choice of St. George as a namesake confuses me, being the patron saint of England who, during the Zemene Mesafint or 'age of princes', cut a bloody swathe across what is modern day Ethiopia.

Packaging: 3/10
Not only is the icon of st George ill-chosen, but it's coloured in bright yellow and red.
Refreshment: 7/10
Fairly easy to drink and certainly thirst quenching
Flavour 5/10
There is some, but it doesn't break through very well.
Alcohol Content: 5/10
4.5%. About par for the course for African pale ales.
Price: 7/10
$8.50 in a divey club in the rough part of town.
Total: 27/50

This beer is serviceable, and would probably do better in warmer climates. It's No Tusker of even a Serengeti, but it would do well with some of the spicier dishes from the Ethiopian cuisine.
Drink it with chilli and raw meat!