These are the ideal venues to enjoy locally made beers since Namibia hosts beer-filled events and has a burgeoning craft beer sector.

Namibia is known for a variety of things, including its breathtaking landscape, abundant wildlife, and award-winning beer. When you ask a Namibian what makes them most proud of their nation, beer is almost always on the list.

People drinking beer are more likely to be found at a local bar, or shebeen, which are tiny pubs in informal settlements mainly made of corrugated iron. Because the weather in Namibia is normally dry during the hot summers, with temperatures reaching 40°C, beers are always served ice-cold — anything warmer is considered a disservice to beer drinkers.

Popular Beers In Namibia

Windhoek Lager is a popular Nigerian beer that can be found in taverns all over the world. It’s one of the country’s most popular beers, with international acclaim and gold medals from The International Deutsche Landwirtschaftsgesellschaft (DLG) over the past ten years (2007–2016). The beer is founded in the NBL’s fondness for the German purity legislation of 1516, the Reinheitsgebot, and is brewed in the country’s oldest brewery, Namibia Breweries Limited (NBL), using a basic formula of malted barley, hops, and water. This may be why its three varieties — Windhoek draught, light, and lager – are so popular across the world. Other popular beers include Tafel Lager and Carling Black Label from Canada.

Omashikwa

The Owambo and Herero tribes of northern and central Namibia make Omashikwa, a traditional fermented buttermilk product produced from Omukunzi root. It is made by fermenting raw milk in a calabash with Omukunzi root and agitating it to create butter granules. The granules of butter are then separated, cleaned, salted, and turned into butter or ghee (butter oil). Omashikwa, or traditional fermented buttermilk, is the residual fermented milk.

Oktoberfest

Oktoberfest is the greatest social event on the social calendar for any beer aficionado, since it celebrates true German customs and local brewers. Wherever the location is, the essence of Bavarian culture pervades, and beer is abundantly accessible on tap. The festival, which is returning for its 60th edition this year, has become so popular that it is now being held in Cape Town, South Africa. An experienced and certified brewmaster would normally brew a unique beer for the occasion.

Craft Beer Transformation

It’s no surprise that NBL was one of the first to jump on the craft beer bandwagon in recent years, with the new-look CamelThorn range, Helles, and Weiss among their specialty brews. Namibians are generally catching on to the trend, although just a tiny percentage of beer consumers love craft beer, with the bulk sticking to established brands. On September 8, 2018, Windhoek held its inaugural craft beer festival, where attendees were treated to the greatest craft beer currently available in Namibia.

Best Places To Drink Beer In Namibia

The Cardboard Box: Cardboard Box is conveniently positioned for backpackers, just a short walk from the Windhoek CBD. In a loose and casual setting, you’re certain to meet fellow travelers as well as locals. Breakfast is available at this backpacker’s hostel, which also has a bar that is open to residents. There isn’t a huge selection of beer, although the most popular brews like Windhoek and Tafel Lager are available.

Joe’s Beerhouse: This family-friendly establishment has the greatest and largest assortment of Namibian and international beers. The menu is flawless: it has a wide range of Namibian cuisine with a German touch, as well as the tastiest steak in town, presented in supersized amounts. There’s also a selection of snack platters and vegetarian options to choose from. Joe’s takes pleasure in offering a diverse assortment of excellent Namibian and worldwide beers on tap, in bottles, and in cans.

Eveline Street: What may be regarded as Namibia’s Long Street Cape Town, it is located in Windhoek’s largest township and is bordered by shebeens of all sizes. Although safety is paramount, it is one of the greatest spots to visit if you want to have a good time. Evelyn Street is one of the few areas in Namibia where you can get a genuine taste of the country’s nightlife, with the cheapest beers and close proximity to tiny house eateries providing traditional meals. The atmosphere here is reminiscent of Cape Town’s iconic Mzoli’s – but imagine Mzoli’s on a grander scale, spanning a kilometer and housing dozens of shebeens. Anticipate just the most popular brands of beer here, so don’t expect anything fancy.

Traditional Beer

Although traditional fermented foods and drinks contribute to Namibians’ livelihoods by improving food security and generating revenue, there is a lack of knowledge about their traditional manufacturing techniques, microbiological and biochemical features, nutritional value, and safety. Because research into these foods and beverages’ processing technologies is still in its early stages, it is necessary to document their traditional production methods, microbiology, and biochemistry in order to assess their nutritional value and safety, standardize and industrialize them where possible, and preserve them for future generations. 

The socioeconomic relevance, traditional production techniques, microbiological, biochemical, and nutritional qualities, and safety evaluation of frequently eaten fermented foods and drinks in Namibia are all described. Recommendations for prospective study fields are provided.

Fermented foods and drinks have an important part in the Namibian population’s nutrition, economical activities, and cultural activities. The majority of them are fermented naturally. To protect the population’s health, further research on the microbiology, biochemistry, nutritional content, and safety of fermented foods and drinks should be done.

— Bronwyn Reynolds, Fizzin