The Top Beers of Asia
- India - Kingfisher: 1) Local beers. Kingfisher is available everywhere. There's Haywards 5000 and India's 1st genuine stout beer, Haywards Black, Royal Challenge Premium. Kalyani Black Label (big in Kolkata ana Delphi) Kings Black
Label (only brewed and sold in the beach state of Goa); 2) Boosting your beer cred. A study of 10.000 conversations in Social Media found when people talk about beer, they talk about Indian Premier League Cricket, and 89% of the
time the beer they're talking about is Kingfisher; 3) Drinks - 2 l. l. of beer per capita.
- Cambodia - Angkor: 1) Local beers. The most popular beer is Angkor named after the famed Angkor Wat temples. Kingdom Beer is considered the best tasting beer; 2) Boosting your beer cred. Kingdom Beer won a gold medal from
the International Institute for Quality Selection, Le Monde Selection, in Brussels, Belgium.; 3) Drinks - 0.74 l. of beer per capita.
- Vietnam - Bia Saigon: 1) Local beers. ba-ba-ba (333), Bia Saigon, Ha'noi and Bia hoi; 2) Boosting your beer cred. Vietnam's beer consumption has risen by an average of 20 percent per year since 2003, reaching 2.7 billion litres last
year; 3) Drinks - 19 l. of beer per capita.
- China - Tsingtao: 1) Local beers. Tsingtao Beer has been the best selling beer in China for eleven years straight. There is also Yanjing Dark, Blue Cowrie Stout Lodge, Yinpu Black Rice Beer, Shanshui 10°, Red Dragon Light Beer,
Tsingtao Premium, Haizhu Beer 12°; 2) Boosting your beer cred. The Chinese have been making and drinking beer for around nine thousand years. A recent archaeological dig discovered Chinese villagers were brewing beer type
alcoholic drinks as far back as 7000 BC; 3) Drinks - 32 l. of beer per capita.
- Japan - Asahi: 1) Local beers. Asahi is the favorite. Other beers include Sapporo, Yesbisu beer, Premium Malts, and MD Golden Dry. There's also Happoshu, a cheaper beer alternative made from ingredients like rice, sorghum and
potato. It's hard to tell the difference in taste from normal beer; 2) Boosting your beer cred. You can buy beer in vending machines in Japan. If you see one buy a beer no matter the time. It's completely normal to knock back anywhere
at any time of day; 3) Drinks - 45 l. of beer per capita.
- Thailand - Singha: 1) Local beers. The oldest and most popular Thai beer is Singha. Recently they've been challenged by Chang Beer. There's also Leo, Leo Super, Archa, Phuket Beer and Siam; 2) Boosting your beer cred. Phuket
Beer is one of two Thai beers brewed according to the German Beer Purity Law or Reinheitsgebot; 3) Drinks - 2 l. of beer per capita.
- Burma - Myanmar: 1) Local beers. By all accounts the beer in Myanmar is excellent but expensive compared to neighboring Cambodia, Laos and Thailand. The best beer is Myanmar followed by Dragon. Myanmar is a medium
bodied lager. It's about US$2 a bottle at small bars, hotels will slug you up to $5; 3) Drinks - 0.10 l. beer of beer per capita.
- Bhutan - Hit, Okocim: 1) Local beers. Local beers include Hit, Druk 11000 Strong, Red Panda Weissbar, Okocim, and Fosters even brew a local beer. In western Bhutan Hit's the hit beer, in the east 11000 is the beer of choice. It
could have something to do with it being an 8% beer; 2) Boosting your beer cred. Tell the locals you want to try some Ara with them. It's a local version of beer distilled from the brewing of locally produced rice, barley and maize;
3) Drinks- 0.5 l. of beer per capita.
- Sri Lanka - Lion Lager: 1) Local beers. Lion Beer is about all you can get in restaurants and hotels in Sri Lanka. There's also Baron's beer, Anchor Beer, Baron's Premium Beer and the aptly named Strong Beer, available in cans
from dingy bottle stores only. At 8.8% it's probably best avoided; 2) Boosting your beer cred. Wanna say "Cheers" to your new Sri Lankan drinking buddy's? Raise your Lion and say "Seiradewa"; 3) Drinks - 0.02 l. of beer per capita.
- Mongolia - ????? ????: 1) Local beers. Borgio, Seruun, Golden Gobi, Ulaabataar, Chinggis Mongolian Lager, Khar Khorum, Sengur & Jalam Khar; 2) Boosting your beer cred. "Tear up" as your tell the bar how proud you were when
Mongolia won both a gold medal and a silver medal for Fusion Beer and Borgio at the 2010 World Beverage Competition; 3) Drinks - 0.5 l. of beer per capita.
- Laos - Beerlao, Tiger: 1) Local beers. Beerlao is the most popular, Beerlao and Tiger are the main beers in Laos that are sold at affordable prices. Carlsberg's available but it's more expensive so only drunk by the wealthy; 2) Boosting
your beer cred. Tell your new Laotian buddy's how excited you were that Time Magazine considered Beerlao Asia's best beer; 3) Drinks - 6 l. of beer per capita.
- Top consumption. Litres of beer per capita per year: 1) India - 2; 2) Vietnam - 19; 3) Cambodia - 0.74; 4) China - 32; 5) Thailand - 2; 6) Burma - 0.10; 7) Bhutan - 0.5; 8) Japan - 45; 9) Sri Lanka - 0.02; 10) Mongolia 0.5;
11) Laos - 6.
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