Nothing quite beats an ice-cold beer with a summer barbecue, and, when it comes to al fresco dining, our South African friends really are the kings of the outdoor grill.
South African barbecues, known as braais, are renowned for having large quantities of tasty meat. The word, which comes from the Afrikaans language (braaivleis means grilled meat) is a verb too, so you can also braai meat.
But what’s the key element to any braai? No, not meat. It’s people. Braais are as much about the social side of things as the food. Gathering together friends and family to enjoy a relaxed meal is a crucial part of South African culture.
And of course, the perfect accompaniment to good food and good friends is a cool, refreshing beer.
Dining al fresco demands a thirst-quenching lager, which has the added benefit of balancing the texture and flavour of the marinated meat and spicy side dishes, as well as cleansing the palate. With this in mind, a cool lager or pale ale is best suited to sup alongside a braai – something like South Africa’s Castle Lager or Hansa Pilsener.