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Tuesday, February 19, 2008

OUR ICONS: BeerLao






Aside from the fact that this is the only beer brewed in Laos; and its cultural significance to the Laotians (and backpackers, of course)… this liquid amber *that didn't sound right lol* is surprisingly very good! Clean taste, a hint of grass/wheat and a light finish. I just can’t pinpoint the other odd undertone is has but I’ll let you know soon.

BeerLao has been winning medals since 2003 in the international beer circuit. The most recent was in Paris. It is also named as the “Best Beer in Asia” by Time Magazine in 2004. Who would imagine a world-class beer coming out of Laos? Well, don’t bother…it’s already here.

Beerlao was first produce in 1995 by the only brewery in the country, the Lao Brewery Company in Vientiane. LBC has been producing other beer brands since 1971.

Beerlao is made from local jasmine rice, Pilsner malt imported from France, Hallertauer Magnum hops and dry yeast from Germany, and spring water. They are now taking beer-making seriously. It is now exported in Australia, America, Canada, Cambodia, France, Japan, Netherlands, New Zealand, Switzerland, Thailand, Vietnam, and the UK.

It comes in 3 variants: the Beerlao Original with 5% Alc./Vol., Beerlao Light with 2.9% and the divine Beerlao Dark with 6.5% party points. A regular bottle costs 5,500 Kip (US$0.50/ 21 Baht / 2 Ringgit).

When you come to Laos, try this beer. So when it’s time to leave, it would be your magic carpet. With just one bottle, you will be transported back to the streets of Vientiane or Luang Phrabang, enjoying on the banks of the Mekong River watching the sunset.


BeerLaoTreasure of Southeast Asia.

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*Photo courtesy of Peter Garnhum

11 Comments:

Jake Tornado said...

I'll heed your advice, dude. I'll try it.

chase said...

wow, i'll definitely try that.
i wish they export that here in the philippines..

Nam said...

I went to Laos last weekend and did try BeerLao, the lager and dark versions. Taste surprisingly good. Highly recommended!

Tayla said...

I'm not a big beer drinker but when i was in laos i tried it and it was surprisingly very good, not too overwhelming. I haven't tried the light version yet though. When in Laos try it.

Sofia for BiSEAN said...
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Sofia for BiSEAN said...

Tayla sweetie... Exactly 23 people will send me hate emails for not linking them up. But you look intersting so... link is up, sweetie. Don't tell them <3

Hello bitches Jake, Chase and Nam! You're all wonderrrrrrrful!

Tayla said...

Sorry Sofia, I'm new to this whole blogging thing. I'll make sure to link it up hun.

Jake Tornado said...

Hola Sofia baby!

Sofia for BiSEAN said...

Tayla sweetie, K meant your blog iks on our blog roll now....<3

Under "SE Asians Living Abroad" list....muah!

MischMensch said...

Looks delicious

@Sof Lol hate mails? Owhhh

Carabaopower II said...

From reviews I have read, this beer comes highly recommended indeed. Its one of Sotheast Asia's beers I would like to taste soon, this one and Myanmar Beer.

Hey Pisanu, my friends passed on your message to me. LOL @ 'female dog' HAHAHA! Apologies for not posting here sooner, I've been having issues with my site lately you see.

Cheers guys, and more power!

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