Advice: Out of Country Beers

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  1. BeerDrinkersSociety

    BeerDrinkersSociety Initiate (0) Nov 9, 2012 Texas

    We recently had some friends move out of country; one to Africa and the other to London.
    We dont know too much about beers outside the US so we could use some advice on what beers these guys should bring back when they come to visit.
  2. MaxOhle

    MaxOhle Devotee (419) Nov 10, 2012 Illinois

    I'd say from England, anything Samuel Smiths would be a good bet, however you can find those in the US, also St. Peters, which can also be found in the US. From Africa, maybe the Kenyan beer Tusker Lager (found in US). I don't know much about beer and Africa.
  3. jmgrub

    jmgrub Initiate (0) Nov 20, 2010 California

    According to everything I've read on here, Africa (even South Africa) is a craft beer wasteland. Some of the Brits could give you good advice on securing some bottles, but from what I understand The Kernel (which is not distributed in the US) is a fine, fine brewery.
  4. yamar68

    yamar68 Initiate (0) Apr 1, 2011 Minnesota

    You might want to pose the same question to our friends over at RateBeer. I tend to hate on that site more than I should but they do seem to have a more diverse/international crowd that might have some concrete answers for you.
  5. Errto

    Errto Initiate (0) Oct 20, 2009 Connecticut

    Africa's a big place and I can't speak for all of it. If you're talking East Africa (Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda etc) the answer is nothing. The beer there is perfectly drinkable, and refreshing on a hot day, but pretty bland and generic and not worth carting home.

    The one exception might be simply because it breaks the stereotype that no one outside Europe and North America drinks anything but pale lager.

    As for London, every time the topic comes up on BA the answer given is simple: enjoy pints on cask, in a pub. Hard to bring those home, unfortunately.
  6. ggwheeler

    ggwheeler Initiate (0) Jan 8, 2011 California

    Where is the Completely Useless Post button?
  7. victory4me

    victory4me Zealot (547) Oct 16, 2004 Pennsylvania

    I hate to say it, but his post was probably slightly more useful than yours.

    OP, for England I recommend taking a look at this list and focusing your efforts toward those beers with under 50 reviews, as that probably means they are less accessible in the states:

    As far as Africa is concerned, I would ask your friend to just be on the lookout for anything that looks interesting. In all likelihood they aren't going to find you anything that tastes spectacular, but I at least think it would be cool to have them bring back some bad-ass looking beers from Africa that nobody has ever seen before.
  8. devlishdamsel

    devlishdamsel Initiate (0) Aug 1, 2009 Washington

  9. draheim

    draheim Poo-Bah (2,439) Sep 18, 2010 Washington
    Beer Trader

    Please don't kill to try some of their beers. You'll have the rest of your life to regret it.
  10. devlishdamsel

    devlishdamsel Initiate (0) Aug 1, 2009 Washington

  11. ggwheeler

    ggwheeler Initiate (0) Jan 8, 2011 California

    I call it a draw.

    And mine was hilarious.
  12. DelMontiac

    DelMontiac Initiate (0) Oct 22, 2010 Oklahoma

    Africa? You'll do better at the Quik Trip, lol!
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  13. TongoRad

    TongoRad Poo-Bah (2,331) Jun 3, 2004 New Jersey
    Premium Member Beer Trader

    Your post will probably gather better responses on the local boards, but if I had to answer with the one beer I'd like to have brought back from England it would be Timothy Taylor's Landlord.
  14. Ruds

    Ruds Initiate (0) Sep 15, 2008 United Kingdom (England)

    As above local boards are the way to go with this question, however you probably won't get too many more tips on London beer than the ones I'm giving you here.

    Check out beers from the following London Breweries (amongst others) ...

    London Fields
    Pressure Drop
    Rocky Head

    You can visit the top 4 at the brewery/tap house to pick up bottles and have a taste

    Otherwise go to one of the following to pick them up ...

    Kris Wines
    Sourced Market
    Drinks of Fulham

    By no means an exclusive list of London brewers or bottle shops but this should source you plenty of goodies.
  15. Jnorton00

    Jnorton00 Initiate (0) Apr 13, 2007 Massachusetts

  16. TheBeerAlmanac

    TheBeerAlmanac Savant (967) Mar 3, 2011 Kentucky
    Beer Trader

    Bring back a cask.
  17. BeerDrinkersSociety

    BeerDrinkersSociety Initiate (0) Nov 9, 2012 Texas

    Holly crap! There is some good advice here! I do think I'm looking for some stuff that I cant already find here in the US. My buddy in Africa is in The Democratic Republic of Congo. He hasnt had much good to say about the selection. He and his wife even did a tour of the local brewery and he said the beer is a step down from a BMC. So I wasnt expecting much from there.
    victory4me, I think youre right. It would at least be cool to have a unique beer that I'll never try again.
    Now Im off to send an email to my buddy outside London.
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