My first post of our epic travel adventure is about beer.
I’ve spent the last two months doing a million and one boring, but vital ,tasks. My first week in Asia has been a total R&R week, beer has played a major role, let’s see why.
Climate. Asia is by far hotter than most western countries. The current heat wave in the UK has maximum temperatures equaling the minimum here in Thailand. So, of course, fluid replacement is a must. The average person needs to drink 5-7 L a day. That much water really is quite boring and with those western sports drinks costing an arm and a leg, frankly, why bother.
Choice. There is a great selection of beer at nearly every shop and street stall. Each country has its own brand and the bigger countries have a couple. Singha is our current favourite, the original Thai beer from the 1930s. The brewery also makes Leo, a cheaper beer. Chang beer is another major beer which also sponsors the national football team. Makes the Qantas wallabies a bit pedestrian doesn’t it?
Size. Yes it does matter, regardless of what you’ve been told or tell others. Pots, Midis and Schooners just don’t cut it here. The only way to go is the pint bottles. 630mls of pure golden ale. True, they do little kids’ size at 330mls, but really, is that worth it? At $3AUD for a pint it’s good value ( if that dollar stays up it will help my drinking habit no end!).
Relaxing. The afternoon, or late lunch drink is not about getting tanked before hitting the pubs. It’s a time to sit and relax while watching the world pass you by. It’s about chilling out, letting all those worries and stresses fall by the wayside. A week into our trip and I’m starting to hit my stride. While the food will be the star of our travels the beer can’t be ignored.
Cheers For Now!