Thursday, August 25, 2011

International Beers: Myanmar Beer


You might be hard-pressed to find a bottle of Myanmar beer anywhere but in the nation for which it's named but it just may be worth trying.
"Myanmar's Favourite Beer", according to their own advertising slogan, truly is a great beer.
As with many companies operating in a totalitarian dictatorship Myanmar Brewery is owned in-part by the government.  Tourists are encouraged to avoid any business or product in Myanmar that directly supports the ruthless government regime but sampling a cold draft beer or two in the extreme humidity can be excused especially when the beer is of such quality.

Despite international sanctions preventing Myanmar Brewery from exporting abroad, it has won the Gold Medal (Packaged Lager) and Gold Medal (Draught Lager) in the 2005 Brewing Industry International Awards, the Silver Medal in the 2004 World Beer Cup as well as several other awards. As one of the world's most isolated countries such an accomplished beer is quite impressive.
One of many pleasant surprises to be found in "The Golden Land," Myanmar Lager is a full-mouthed yet refreshing beer that complements the steamy climate. "Myanmar's Favourite Beer", according to their own advertising slogan, truly is a great beer. The draught variety pours with a nice white head and a typical Asian-lager-pale-yellow.  The taste is smooth and packs more bitterness and overall flavour than most Southeast Asian beers.  There is a mixture of hops and yeast that combine to create a flavour that leaves a pleasant aftertaste. The beer is a standard 5% abv.   
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