Banana Beer



  • Banana beer is an alcoholic beverage made from fermentation of mashed bananas.
  • There are two types of banana that are used for banana beer: the harsh tasting igikashi and the milder tasting igisahira.
  • Banana beer is made from bananas, mixed with a cereal flour (often sorghum flour) and fermented to an orange, alcoholic beverage.
  • It is sweet and slightly hazy with a shelf life of several days under correct storage conditions.
  • Banana beer is a weak alcoholic beverage that is popular throughout Africa.
  • Only ripe bananas (Musa species) should be used to make the beer as these have a high sugar content, which is necessary for the 
  • Banana beer is made from raw material that does not undergo any heating or cooking at any stage of the process.
  • In Central and East Africa, the juice from the ripe fruit of varieties known as “beer bananas” may be drunk fresh or fermented
    to make a beer with a low alcohol content and short shelf-life.
  • The beer is important nutritionally and is rich in vitamin B due to the yeast content.
  • In Uganda and Sudan, banana beer is distilled to produce banana alcohol, or “waragi”.
  • Gikongoro is the major market for the beer bananas and beer produced in neighboring Cyangugu.
  • Beer bananas are the most common cultivars in three growing areas: Kivu Lake, Cyangugu and, Kigali Rural.
  • Bananas know as maantoke are eaten raw and cooked in porridge and fermented into banana beer in Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi and 
    other places in sub-Sahara Africa.
  • In Uganda, Rwanda and Burundi people eat around 550 pounds of bananas a year. They drink banana juice and beer made from 
  • In Kenya, banana beer is known as urwaga, in Uganda as lubisi, in Rwanda and Burundi as urwagwa.
  • In some parts of the region such as Rwanda and Burundi, however beer banana production is a dominant commercial activity and in these countries beer banana constitutes 64% of annual beer production.
General Information
  • Bananas (Windward)
  • Why beer bananas? The case for Rwanda
  • About Banana beer information

Making Process

  • How to Make Banana Beer
  • Banana Beer Processing
  • Making Banana Beer
  • Banana Beer production


  • The effect of enzymatic processing of banana juice and wine
  • People and Bananas on Steep Slopes Agricultural Intensification and Food Secunty under Demographic Pressure and Environmental Degradation in Rwanda
  • Feasibility study on technologies for improving banana for resistance against bacterial wilt in sub Saharan Africa
  • A Study on the analysis of musa processing business and their support environment in Tanzania


  • Process For Producing Beer-Taste Beverages Having A Satisfactory Brewing Aroma
  • Duck decoy anchor
  • Bacterial Growth enhancer

Company Profiles & Consultancy

  • Company from France
  • Company from USA
  • Consultancy from New Delhi
  • Consultancy from USA

Raw Material Suppliers

  • Ripe Bananas Suppliers
  • Exporters of  Ripe Banana
  • Cereal flour Selling Leads
  • Suppliers and Manufacturers of sorghum flour


  • Banana Beer Suppliers
  • Suppliers and Manufacturers of Banana Beer
  • Uses of Musa
  • The biology of bananas and plantains
  • The many uses of Musa


  • WaterAid helps Lake Victoria banana beer taste, and sell, better
  • Banana Beer
  • Banana Beer Bread
  • Banana Beer
  • Banana Beer (Aka Jungle Juice)


  • A Threat to banana production in east and central Africa
  • Banana production systems
    in eastern and southern Africa
  • Transaction Costs and Smallholder Farmers’ Participation in Banana Markets in the Great Lakes Region
  • Banana (Musa spp.) Processing Businesses: Support Environment and
    Role in Poverty Reduction in Rural Tanzania
  • Banana production, processing and marketing in Rwanda
  • Marketing survey of the Banana sub-sector
  • Domestic Banana-Beer Production in Mpigi District, Uganda
  • Banana Value Chains in Central Africa: Constraints and Opportunities


  • Banana Marketing in Rwanda, Burundi and South Kivu
    CIALCA Project Survey Report
  • Banana Beer in Burundi
  • The case for growing beer bananas
  • Evaluating the Marketing Opportunities for Banana & its Products in the Principle Banana Growing Countries of ASARECA
  • Bananas and Food Security
  • Agricultural Innovation and Technology in Africa - Rwanda experience Coffee, banana and dairy commodity chains
  • Brewing a Wheat Beer with Intensive Banana Aroma
  • Land Degradation and
    Opportunities for Sustainable
    Management of Kagera River