Tanzania Beer

Today in 1961, Tanzania (then Tanganyika) gained their Independence from the United Kingdom. On December 19, 1963, Zanzibar also gained its independence from the UK. On April 26, 1964, Tanganyika and Zanzibar merged to form Tanzania, which is celebrated as Union Day.


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Guild: None Known

National Regulatory Agency: None

Beverage Alcohol Labeling Requirements: Not Known

Drunk Driving Laws: BAC 0.05%


  • Full Name: United Republic of Tanzania
  • Location: Eastern Africa, bordering the Indian Ocean, between Kenya and Mozambique
  • Government Type: Republic
  • Language: Kiswahili or Swahili (official), Kiunguja (name for Swahili in Zanzibar), English (official, primary language of commerce, administration, and higher education), Arabic (widely spoken in Zanzibar), many local languages [Note: Kiswahili (Swahili) is the mother tongue of the Bantu people living in Zanzibar and nearby coastal Tanzania; although Kiswahili is Bantu in structure and origin, its vocabulary draws on a variety of sources including Arabic and English; it has become the lingua franca of central and eastern Africa; the first language of most people is one of the local languages]
  • Religion(s): Mainland: Christian 30%, Muslim 35%, indigenous beliefs 35%; Zanzibar: more than 99% Muslim
  • Capital: Dodoma
  • Population: 46,912,768; 28th
  • Area: 947,300 sq km, 31st
  • Comparative Area: Slightly larger than twice the size of California
  • National Food: Ugali
  • National Symbols: Peacock; African Blackwood; Uhuru (Freedom) torch
  • Affiliations: UN, African Union, Commonwealth
  • Independence: Tanganyika became independent on December 9, 1961 (from UK-administered UN trusteeship); Zanzibar became independent on December 19, 1963 (from UK); Tanganyika united with Zanzibar on April 26, 1964 to form the United Republic of Tanganyika and Zanzibar (celebrated as Union Day); renamed United Republic of Tanzania on 29 October 1964.


  • Alcohol Legal: Yes
  • Minimum Drinking Age: 18
  • BAC: 0.08%
  • Number of Breweries: 7


  • How to Say “Beer”: bia, pombe
  • How to Order a Beer: Moja pombe, tafadhali
  • How to Say “Cheers”: Afya / Maisha marefu (“good life”) / Vifijo
  • Toasting Etiquette: N/A


Alcohol Consumption By Type:

  • Beer: 11%
  • Wine: <1%
  • Spirits: 3%
  • Other: 86%

Alcohol Consumption Per Capita (in litres):

  • Recorded: 4.75
  • Unrecorded: 2.00
  • Total: 6.75
  • Beer: 0.57

WHO Alcohol Data:

  • Per Capita Consumption: 4.8 litres
  • Alcohol Consumption Trend: Stable
  • Excise Taxes: Yes
  • Minimum Age: 21
  • Sales Restrictions: Hours, location
  • Advertising Restrictions: Yes
  • Sponsorship/Promotional Restrictions: Yes

Patterns of Drinking Score: 3

Prohibition: None