Inside Carbon Night Club
Hopes were high on Wednesday night for the opening of Carbon Night Club, perched in the penthouse of Icon house, high above the bustle of Airport City and Liberation Road. Billing itself as a luxury experience with ‘unexpected quirks and surprises’, Carbon is attempting to carve a unique space for itself and reach new heights in the luxury Accra nightlife scene. Stepping off the second-floor elevator above the already popular Urban Grill, on first glance, there is perhaps not much to distinguish it from the already seen club stylings of Accra – to the right is a dark room lined with a bar with blue and red neon strip lights outlining the room. Pumping music and ottomans dot the area and throughout the A/C is cranked up high. This section houses the generous dance floor and a VIP area, where bottles of champagne are shuttled across by a train of flamboyant waitresses. The space is distinguished from other spots by the bank of windows looking out from its elevated position that takes in a city view of Liberation Road and Silver Star Tower. But step back out, past the elevators, this time to the left, and things, quite literally, came alive. Under an over-wrapping square trellis that encompasses the entire room like a box, the mood on the other side is that of a partially covered outdoor drinks bar, its walls lined with planters stacked to the ceiling, partially open to the sky, giving a laid back, urban garden atmosphere. Together, the two quite opposing halves give Car
Ghana's first microbrewery
It’s a bizarre moment. The temperature is hitting 37C at 11am in an old garage north of Accra. In my hand is a seriously impressive glass of Hefeweizen, the Bavarian wheat beer. It’s full of chewy banana flavours, yet crisp and light. The equipment around me is old. A mash tun and pump bought second-hand from Italy 15 years ago. The fermenter has been fashioned by welders from a photograph, under the direction of Clement Djameh, owner of Inland Microbrewery. Clement is a Ghanaian from the Volta Region who through bitter determination fought to study in Germany at Weihenstephan, TU Munich where the oldest, and most respected, brewery in the world is located. The Hefeweizen in my hand, with a rich, creamy head, was first born in the valleys of Bavaria but has been recreated in the humid hills north of Accra. But there’s something even more remarkable: it’s made entirely from sorghum, a native grain that completely replaces barley in all the brewery’s Pilsners and Hefeweizens. Clement, in fact, was instrumental in also helping several much larger Ghanaian breweries to replace the expensive malted barley with sorghum, an abundant crop and one that offers a steady, and much needed, supply chain to rural farmers across Accra. Clement is also experimenting with the abundant sweet potato as an adjunct to limit the need of barley or even malted sorghum. Brewmaster Clement started his microbrewery 15 years ago when he left the employment of a large commercial brewery, but the big guy
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