June is shaping up to be a pretty busy month. The Embassy is gearing up for the African Union Summit, which will be in Malabo at the end of June, and for our Independence Day celebration the first week of July. We’re taking advantage of all opportunities to rest, relax, and distract ourselves from the chaos headed our way.
Thursday was a local holiday– President Obiang’s 72nd Birthday. Most businesses were closed and traffic was supposed to be bad, so we stayed home and brewed some beer. The local beer market is pretty slim here, and all tastes pretty much the same: light and watery. When we were home on our first R&R, Cormac picked out a few home brew kits so we could ensure that we had darker, flavorful beers, all tour long. We finally consumed enough local beers to accumulate enough empty bottles we could refill, so we decided it was time to open up the Bioko Brewery.
Our neighbors offered to come over and help with the first batch. There was a lot of stirring and direction reading, so we were glad to have an extra set of minds and hands. I had been dreading the smell of beer seeping into every pore of our home, but the odor appears to have dispersed in the four days since brewing commenced. We’re looking forward to our first batch of home brewed amber ale in early July– just in time for a July 4th pool party, I hope!