Windhoek is brewed by Namibia Breweries Ltd (NBL) and has a distinctive German heritage. In 1920 immigrants Carl List and Hermann Ohithaver bought four local breweries and consolidated them into South West Breweries (South West Africa being the country’s name at the time) based in the capital Windhoek. Its name was changed in 1990 when the country gained independence as Namibia.
The German connection continues to this day – at the heart of brewing Windhoek is NBLs adherence to the Reinheitsgebot (German Purity) Law. Unable to grow hops in the country, hops are imported from Germany’s Hallertau region, malt barley is sourced from a handful of selected suppliers in Germany and a German yeast strain is used. Water, a precious resource in a desert country, is drawn from a private storage dam 47 miles from the brewery.
A full-bodied lager with a high proportion of malt; slightly more bitter than other lagers it pours with a beautiful foam head which makes it so distinctive.