Globe-trotting Cheers reader Nick Snaith sent us this report from one of his more far-..." /> Verde opera – Cheers North East

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Published on February 4th, 2020 | by Alastair Gilmour

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Verde opera

Globe-trotting Cheers reader Nick Snaith sent us this report from one of his more far-reaching destinations.

He writes: “Cape Verde is an archipelago of volcanic islands 500 kilometres west of Senegal in the mid-Atlantic. Previously administered from Guinea in Portuguese colonial days, since gaining independence in the mid-1970s it has become a fully independent nation. Nevertheless, links with Portugal are still strong with Portuguese and Creole being national languages.

“This link is also reflected in drinking habits – Sagres and Super Bock both being very popular brands. Strela is the most consumed local brand with a one-litre bottle retailing for around 400 escudos (£3.20) in bars (300 escudos in rough bars) which is good value for a 5.6% abv beer. Draught is also available.

“Sagres and Suoer Bock are similarly priced but worryingly, bottles of 20cl and 30cl are the most popular with the local population as they are so easy to drink. Non-alcoholic versions are also available for the less discerning client.”


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