Thursday, September 9, 2010
Best Enjoyed: Anywhere in China really....
Founded in 1903 by German settlers Tsingtao is China's largest brewery. The beer is produced in Qingdao in Shandong province and now claims about 15% of domestic market share. While named for the city where it's brewed the name of the beer uses the old French transliteration and the beer's logo displays an image of a famous pier on Qingdao's southern shore.
While Tsingtao brewery produces several varieties of beer, Tsingtao Beer, its flagship beer is a well-hopped standard lager with 4.7% alcohol. Originally, Tsingtao Beer was brewed in accordance with the German Reinheitsgebot ('Purity Law') utilizing only water, barley, and hops. Today however, Tsingtao beer, like many other beers made in China, contains a proportion of the less-expensive rice as an adjunct in the mash but as the label states, Tsingtao is still "Made with water from the famous pure mountain water of Laoshan."
乾杯! [干杯!] (Gan BAY) (cheers!)