Book launch: Brewing Identity - The Role of South Africa in the History of Namibian Beer
Namibian beer is immensely popular in Namibia and beyond. The beer that is brewed by Namibia Breweries Limited (NBL) has grown into the national beverage of the country and is thus deeply ingrained into the idea of an autonomous and inclusive Namibia, which has been an independent state since 1990. But for decades on end, the same brew from the same company was not available to the black population as a consequence of colonial politics. Breweries, Politics and Identity aims to explain how a European style beer has been transformed from an icon of white settlers into the symbol of an independent Namibian nation. The role of the South African state and South African Breweries is a vital aspect of this story. Drawing on fieldwork in Namibia and South Africa, and based on a wide array of sources, including old beer bottles, letters, photographs and interviews with (former) brewers, this book highlights the special relationship between the beer industry and national politics.