Above, you see a group of rugby players attempting to try an African-produced beer-type drink called Chibuku Shake Shake. This is technically ‘beer’, but not as we know it. It’s a thick milky, brown-ish alcoholic beverage from Africa, made from sorghum.
As you can see in the video, it is served in a milk carton. Interestingly, it’s alcohol content is not constant – as it is first packaged, it starts with a very low concentration, and gradually increases over time (after you buy it, if you don’t drink it right away, it gets stronger). But, after about a week on the shelf, you wouldn’t want to drink it anymore, as it goes bad. In fact, seeing this video, you may not want to drink it at all, as it appears pretty bad to begin with!
I learned about Chibuku from the following map:
This is from the BBC – a world map of the favorite or most commonly consumed alcohol drinks across the world.
Orange countries love beer. Yellow colored countries prefer spirits (aka ‘hard liquor’), and red countries dig their wine. But those green countries – they love ‘other beverages’ – which led me to discovering Chibuku and a variety of other interesting and obscure variants out there.
Follow this link to article and the BBC Booze Calculator. This will let you plug in your own weekly consumption habits and compare to international drinkers and countries the world over. Not sure how much Chibuku you’re chugging down, but maybe you want to check out how much beer Canadians actually consume…