Currently I am working in Cairo, Egypt. I have a firm rule to try local products first, wherever I am. It may be surprising to some, but there is beer to be found in Cairo.
Stella (not to be confused with Stella Artrois) An American style lager. My first impression was perhaps not that good, but by the time I finished the first can I could appreciate it for what it is. Starts off sort of Budweiserish, but tends toward a sweet finish that is quite refreshing after 20 hours of travel to get to my hotel.
Sakara. Another American style lager. Maybe the can I had was a bit skunked. It had a bit more hop in the initial presentation than Stella, but it really either needed fewer hops, or quite a bit more. Slightly sour, it really didn't do much for me.
I haven't found any other local varieties, but I think I am going to try to make a trip to a bar I saw last night in New Cairo called (I am not kidding here...) Bro's. I reckon a beer bar called Bro's can hook a brotha up with other local recommendations.
The beers here may be underwhelming, but this is not a culture that currently has a rich brewing tradition. While beer has been made in this area for as long as Society has existed, it's not a part of the local culture to imbibe. So regardless of the quality of the product, I am highly likely to continue drinking the local Stella for the duration of my stay.
The first thing I am doing when I get home is to find a good craft IPA.
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