Thumbs up for Africa Beer Fes­ti­val

Lesotho Times - - Entertainment - Mo­halenyane Phakela

AT­TEN­DEES to the re­cently-held an­nual Africa Beer Fes­ti­val in Maseru on Satur­day gave the fete glow­ing re­views, say­ing they would like to see more of such events.

Speak­ing to the Week­ender dur­ing the event, Nkhono ‘Maqa­jela Le­bona said she had al­ways wanted to sam­ple var­i­ous al­co­holic bev­er­ages and had gained more ex­po­sure thanks to the fes­ti­val.

“I came here so I could ex­plore the var­i­ous al­co­holic bev­er­ages on of­fer so as to get a bet­ter un­der­stand­ing of the ones that will not af­fect my health in a neg­a­tive way,” Le­bona said.

“To­day I have tried ciders such as Mind the Gap Berry and beers like Soweto Gold and Sibebe which all taste very good and which I would be happy to see in our lo­cal mar­ket.”

An­other beer afi­cionado, Amy My­coff, an Amer­i­can who has been living in Le­sotho for the past two years, said she had an awe­some time tast­ing dif­fer­ent African beers.

“This is my sec­ond time at an African beer fes­ti­val and it has been an over­whelm­ing ex­pe­ri­ence to be ex­posed to th­ese beers,” she said

“They are some­what sim­i­lar to Amer­i­can beers but pos­sess their dis­tinc­tive African flavour. I would love to see more events of this na­ture as they ac­quaint peo­ple like me with dif­fer­ent al­co­hol bev­er­ages.”

As promised by the fes­ti­val or­gan­iser, Kaizer Mat­sumun­yane, an ar­ray of African beers, ales, ciders and, for the first time beer cock­tails, were avail­able to suit ev­ery taste.

Th­ese in­cluded Swagga Weiss, Best Black Gold, Sibebe, Dragon Fiery Gin­ger Beer and Punk Hop Pale Ale. On the cock­tail front, Blu La­goon, South­ern Sun, African Clas­sic, French 75 and Cos­mopoli­tan, with Lam­mern­shoek white, shi­raz and cin­sant wines were also on of­fer.

The Swazi­land-brewed Sibebe was on of­fer for free as part of an as­sess­ment of its viability in the Le­sotho mar­ket.

Rev­el­ers were able to first taste the bev­er­ages be­fore buy­ing so as to make an in­formed choice. En­ter­tain­ing the au­di­ence were dee­jays, The A Supreme, Da Starr, Bent­ley and Os­mic DJ.

The event also pro­vided a plat­form for ap­parel out­fits such as Bonono Mer­chants and Show Me Yours to show­case their wares.

REVELLERS sam­ple some of the ex­otic beers dur­ing the Africa Beer Fes­ti­val held at Durham Link in Maseru on Satur­day.

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