So finally onto the whole reason for this beer journey. As I said, thankfully the Nigerian lagers which we'd read about were nowhere to be seen. So, unfortunately the likes of:
- One Lager, Lion Stout (Mopa Breweries);
- Hi-Malt, '33' Export, Turbo King (Consolidated Breweries);
- Guinness Extra Smooth [what?], Harp, Gordon's Spark, Satzenbrau (Guinness
- Wilfort Dark Ale (6.9%), Williams Dark Ale (6.5%), Goldberg (5.2%) (Sona Breweries)
...we missed out on.
Guinness Foreign Extra Stout, Nigeria (330 ml bottle; we had the 660 ml version). (c) www.pagerank10.co.uk.
And so to the obvious candidate. Nigerian Guinness Foreign Extra Stout was a new one to us all, despite it popping up in some of our specialist beer shops and even on the odd supermarket shelf every so often. Its strength (7.5%), size (660 ml) and price (£3+) is enough to deter many casual drinkers. Foreign Extra Stout is one of Guinness's main sellers on the continent (Nigeria is the number two market for Guinness, ahead of Ireland and behind the UK) and thankfully some of it finds its way to our shores. Interestingly, it's not a truly Nigerian beer as the Guinness chaps in Dublin supply the Nigerians with a syrup of roasted malt and barley which they then mix with their own version of malt, called sorghum, then proceed with fermentation.
A great performance, then, from Nigeria with Guinness Foreign Extra Stout finishing joint second with the US (Brooklyn Lager), France (Desperados) and New Zealand (Speight's), beaten off the top only by the redoubtable Holt's Humdinger. Sadly for
Post Script: this World Cup Beer Sweepstake has inspired a Pubs of Manchester co-founder to begin another blog. The aim of this one is to sample a beer from every country on the planet! A tough ask, even though there's only 200 countries - not sure about the state of brewing on Tuvalu (9 sq miles) or Nauru (pop. 13,000). http://world-beers.blogspot.com.