Filed Under (Beninese culture, General) by Rob on 18-09-2007

Millet beer, or choukachou is a local drink, served in half a gourd (or calabash) also mentioned in this post. Interesting taste – closer to Scrumpy Jack cider than traditional beer. There are usually bubbles rising quickly to the surface as you drink, and you have to throw out the last inch as there are plenty of dregs. The taste does take some getting used to, as you’ll see below:

STAGE ONE – Filling the gourds:


STAGE TWO – Having a swig!


STAGE THREE – ‘Enjoying’ the after taste…


There you go! Not sure this post will encourage any of those newly-arrived Peace Corps volunteers to rush out and try some! Stick with the chwarmas, eh – mmmm!

2 Comments posted on "The three stages of millet beer drinking…"
nealb on September 18th, 2007 at 10:34 am #

ahhh… millet beer! There’s nothing quite like it!

Rachel Lewis on September 20th, 2007 at 9:29 am #

Your faces say everything!! LOL!