Even from the ancient times the beer
represented an unmissed place in the Egyptian's diet. The
legend says that the god Osiris is the one who brought the
beer to the Egypt's people.
Dating from the
Pharaohs` time, the beer was also used in the sacred
rituals and was made from baked barley. More, the
beer was used in medical treatments; in a medical
document dating from 1,600 BC, lists over 100
prescriptions that had the beer as medicament. The
Egyptians dead people's souls were also honored with
beer and food. The proof is this inscription found
on an ancient tomb: "Satisfy his spirit with beef
and fowl, bread and beer". In the beer houses you
could hear “Here's to your ghost", the
Another interesting legend related to Egypt beer is
that the man who wanted to marry to a royal princess
had to offer to the Pharaoh a keg of beer – the
perfect gift. The beer brewing patroness was
Isis; and since the beer was a such an important
element in the Egyptian life, its quality had to
be maintained so an official was appointed to take
care of this problem.
The beer is also mentioned in the
Egyptian's Book of the Dead; the beer brewing appears
depicted on many wall hangings from the ancient Egypt.
As regarding the situation of the Egypt beer today, although
this country is an Islamic one, there is a big beer
production; in Egypt are beer marks that have a tradition of
more than one hundred years.
The government is the one who
is in charge with the control of the beer's production.
There are people who think that the Egyptian beer is the
best beer in the world, due to the raw material which the
beer it is made from.
The most famous Egypt beer is Stella, which exists on the
Egyptian markets from the 19th century; the most of the
Egyptians and tourists prefer this beer that exists in all
the Egyptian bars as well as its logo. Stella beer can be
found also in some European bars.
Stella beer has three types: Stella local, Stella
export and Stella Premium. First of them is the most
beloved and also the most famous, it has the
traditional, unchanged taste.
Although there were
times when this beer's quality wasn't so good, since
the producer is Al Ahram, the quality is excellent.
Stella local can be bought in cans and bottles and
has 4.5 % alcohol content. Stella export is
characterized as being refreshing and smooth, it
cost a little bit more and has 5.2 % alcohol
content. It can be brought in cans and bottles. If
you like a strong and dark beer, then Stella Premium
is the right choice for you; it can be bought only
in bottles and has 6.4 % alcohol content.
Other marks of Egypt beer are Meister (Meister
regular and Meister Max) and Sakara Gold. The beer's
price varies from 5 to 8 pounds.