Beers of the World – Tusker Premium Lager

Today’s Beer of the World is the Tusker Premium Lager from the East African Breweries in Nairobi, Kenya.  This beer can be found at several location at the Animal Kingdom Lodge and Villas.  You can also find this beer at the Dawa Bar at Disney’s Animal Kingdom and I am guessing perhaps the nearby Tusker House restaurant as well.  (If not, they really should be, given the name of it!)

Before we get into what East African Breweries has to say about the beer, there was this interesting bit of information about Tusker Lager on their website:

George Hurst a co-founder of Kenya Breweries Ltd, was killed by an elephant during a hunting expedition in 1923.  In memory of his tragic death, this famous lager beer that he had helped create was renamed ‘Tusker’.

So they named the beer not for the guy who died, but for the animal who killed him.

Now about the beer itself:

100% African ingredients
Tusker is brewed from 100% African ingredients that are all locally sourced. The barley is from the Savannah and the Maasai Mara. The spring water is from the Aberdare Mountains. All the yeast is developed locally. The cornstarch is sourced from a local Kenyan company. Every grain of sugar is delivered from West Kenya. This means that you feel closely connected to the origins and roots of Tusker.

And this about Tusker beer drinkers:

100% African inspiration
The taste of African spirit can inspire you going forwards, by re-connecting you with your roots. As the old proverb goes, ‘to know where you are going, you must first know where you have come from’.  Tusker drinkers see the traditions, beliefs and cultures of their roots as the springboard for inspiration.  They are full of optimism; focused on looking forwards, not backwards. Today’s triumphs are born out of and inspired by where we have come from – Tusker.  Refresh Your Roots.

And some of us might just be looking for a beer at a theme park.

This beer has an average ABV of 4.20%.  The folks at Beer Advocate scored it at 76, and 296 of their readers gave it an aggregate score of 70.  Both these scores qualify it for their “Average” rating.   I’ve had Tusker Lager a few times over the years on visits to both the Animal Kingdom Lodge and the Animal Kingdom park.  It’s not a favorite, but it’s an o.k. lager.  I would say it’s a fair enough alternative  to the Budweiser brewed “Safari Amber” that’s served in a lot of the same locations, but honestly, neither of them are probably going to wow you.

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