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Do any places sell African beer or palm wine?

foodaura Sep 25, 2012 12:50 PM

I'm throwing an African food tasting party and would like to have some drinks from Africa other than South African wine. Does anyone know of a store in the area that sells African beer, palm wine, or wine from an African country other than South Africa? I know Addis Red Sea, and probably some other restaurants, sell African drinks. Sadly those places don't have a license to sell it to take home.

Ideas anyone?

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  1. Luther RE: foodaura Sep 25, 2012 01:41 PM

    Do any of the Ethiopian-run bodegas in Cambridge sell those beers? I'm thinking of the 7-Eleven at Prospect and Hampshire, and the Pearl Street Market just outside of Central.

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      nikkib99 RE: foodaura Sep 25, 2012 01:43 PM



      1. libertywharf RE: foodaura Sep 25, 2012 02:34 PM

        Maybe contact harpoon brewery and pick their brain.

        1. Prav RE: foodaura Sep 25, 2012 02:54 PM

          Suya Joint in Roslindale has Tusker Beer from Kenya, but like you said, not sure if they'd sell to you. Doesn't hurt to show up with some cash and order some "to go". ;)

          1. C. Hamster RE: foodaura Sep 25, 2012 06:30 PM

            Ive bought Mamba malt liquor but I can't recall where... Marty's?

            1. StriperGuy RE: foodaura Sep 26, 2012 01:43 PM

              At one of the African places in Roslindale had awesome palm wine and another kind hound bought me two bottles to go. Forget the name... The palm wine alone was worth the trip...

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                Nab RE: StriperGuy Sep 26, 2012 02:21 PM

                Stripes, you thinking of that time we drained The African Cuisine's (Hyde Park) entire supply of palm wine while watching Nigerian soap operas that one night ? Sadly, they closed.

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                  StriperGuy RE: Nab Sep 26, 2012 02:39 PM

                  DRAT, that was the place! Now that he's closed I can spill the beans, so he admitted to me that it was in fact alcoholic Palm wine, imported as Palm beverage with no alcohol so as to avoid the whole selling and important booze thing! Drat, drat, drat!

                  1. re: StriperGuy
                    nikkib99 RE: StriperGuy Sep 26, 2012 03:21 PM

                    Palm wine is good stuff. As I child, you could get something like a gallon or half gallon for 2 Naira. This is Nigeria, no liquor laws.

                    I remember buying a large bottle of palm wine and my cousins, siblings, and I proceeded to drink the entire gallon or so. It took years to understand why the maid discovered us wearing nothing but our undergarments taking an afternoon nap in front of an air conditioner! I could not have been more than 10 years old.

                    Another incident was when a few of us kids drank more than our share and my little sister was running around the house all laughing and giggling. The afternoon ended with her slipping and chipping a tooth. Poor kid was around 7 or 8 yr old.

                    That was good stuff.

                    Who needs US liquor laws.

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                      yumyum RE: nikkib99 Sep 26, 2012 07:49 PM

                      Lulz. If I had a nickel for every time the maid found me napping in my undergarments in front of the AC after drinking a gallon of palm wine! Oh good times.

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                        StriperGuy RE: yumyum Sep 27, 2012 07:21 AM


                      2. re: nikkib99
                        StriperGuy RE: nikkib99 Sep 27, 2012 07:21 AM

                        Great stories. The fresh stuff in Africa is SO much better than anything they bottle.

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