My #beersoftheworldcup challenge is coming to an end and there have been a few of the competing countries at the FIFA World Cup 2014 that I have really struggled to source beer of lager from. Algeria actually produce quite a number of beers with Tango being the most popular, but once again the lack of an export business has resulted in me having to call up another substitute. When Jack Charlton was manager of the Republic of Ireland he made great use of the 'grandparent rule' in order to clear eligibility rules, I'm using the 'next door neighbour rule' and calling up Morocco' Casablanca Lager Beer to fill the Algerian gap.
Beer was introduced to Morocco by the French in the early 20th century with beer production and distribution in the North African country overseen by Brasseries du Maroc. The most popular beers in Morocco are Speciale Flag, Stork and the premium beer Casablanca which is more expensive than the other two.
The labelling on the Casablanca conjures up memories of Humphrey Bogart and Rick's Bar and I'll admit to being a little excited about cracking open the bottle. The beer pours with a deep amber colour and a slim foamy head. There are pleasing aromas of honey, lemon and sweet malt which also carry into the taste. The Casablanca has a medium carbonation and is fairly easy to drink, although maybe a little too sweet to drink a lot of it. There's nothing about this beer that makes it stand out from other mass produced lagers but it's not offensive either. Pleasant enough to drink but just a touch too sweet for me.
Keep up to date with my progress on Twitter as I try to complete my challenge and you can let me know which Algerian beers you would pick, using the hashtag #beersoftheworldcup
Written by Gerry Haughian