Time to panic A decade ago, Zimbabwe was wracked by hyperinflation. Now it’s facing a liquidity crisis of sorts, with its biggest brewer warning that the country is about to run out of its favourite beer. Chibuku Shake Shake has been in short supply for weeks as production slows due to a shortage of the foreign currency needed to import ingredients; the meagre currency reserves held in Zimbabwe’s state coffers have been reserved to pay for essentials such as imports of fuel and electricity. Chibuku Shake Shake, which is pink-grey in colour with a sour taste and grainy texture, is based on traditional recipes using maize or sorghum; it takes its name from the popular ritual of shaking the container before taking the first sip. The shortage has caused customers to panic buy, but alas, it has a shelf-life of only a few days – and the beer gets stronger as it continues to ferment in the container, with its alcohol content increasing from 0.5 per cent when fresh to 7 per cent after a week.