Beers of the World
Can’t get out of the country? Bring other countries to your fridge! Last week I was shopping at a nearby Super Target and found a variety of beers available by the bottle ($1.50 each). They had boxes to carry 4, so I chose 4 I hadn’t had before from 4 different countries.
To give you some background, my fav beer is Stella Artois. I also like most Caribbean beers (unfortunately, I can only find Carib here in the mainland), Dos Equis, Corona, and Yuengling. My cheap go-to beer is (don’t laugh) Rolling Rock. Oh, I like some other beers too – I’m just mentioning ones that I regularly buy. I don’t know how to describe flavors/scents or even types of beers, but I’m learning.
I tried Peroni from Italy. It’s billed (on the label) as “Italy’s number one beer.” It’s a lager, and I liked it. It was pretty stinky, so don’t stick your nose in it. It didn’t have any noticeable aftertaste, so that was a plus. It didn’t make me feel like I was in Italy though. I always think of red wine as the drink of choice. (Actually, I’ve never met a bottle of Italian red I didn’t like.) If it were noticeably cheaper than Stella, I’d consider buying it again. Otherwise, I’ll stick to Stella.
I had a bottle of Tsingtao from China. It was also stinky lager. The aftertaste was pretty rough. Maybe it’s the rice? It wasn’t awful; I did, after all, finish it. I definitely wouldn’t buy it again, but I’d drink it if someone handed it to me at a party.
I enjoyed a bottle of Negra Modelo from Mexico. I figured I’d better throw a dark beer in the pack so people wouldn’t think I’m a complete wimp. This one wasn’t nearly as stinky as the first two – just smelled like a normal beer. I liked it while drinking it, but it definitely changed the taste of what I was eating. I’ll probably stick to Dos Equis so I don’t have beer-tasting food.
I tried St. Pauli Girl’s lager from Germany. This was my favorite of the bunch. It is light, is not particularly stinky, and has no real aftertaste. I think it’s a good beer to go with a casual meal, and I’d definitely buy it again if the price point is right (still has to be less than Stella).
Have you enjoyed a good beer from abroad lately? Tell me about it.
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