Had pizza tonight and decided to go with Sapporo Reserve. Came in a giant can that’s still smaller than the Budweiser I had in the summer. Brewed and canned by Sapporo Brewing Company in Guelph, Ontario, Canada.
Sapporo Reserve – 650 ml/22 fl.oz for ~$3.84
There’s always something new (or old, in this case) to discover if you just open your eyes and see what’s next to you. This Coors Banquet has been around since 1874, and yet I only noticed it after coming back and trying to recreate my beer-drinking ritual from Hong Kong. I was always aware of Coors Light because of all the advertising, but I never realized there was a non-light Coors. Cheers!
Coors Banquet – 24 fl. oz for $2.25
I didn’t realize until I checked but it looks like this is the second Budweiser I’m posting on a Thursday night. I was coming home from basketball and saw someone’s Bud in a paper bag, and had to get one – never underestimate the power of suggestion.
I guess I never paid attention before because I thought Hong Kong was so cool for having these giant cans of beer. Well, the cans here are even bigger at 25 fluid ounces or 740 ml, nearly 50% bigger than the cans I’m used to. This one is a special edition meant to celebrate 100 years of the National Park Service in 2016. The NPS really is awesome, as we experienced firsthand during Road Trip 2012.
Budweiser – 25 fl. oz for $2.19
Now that I’m back in America, I think I’ll continue my tradition of sampling different beers. Today we have Tecate, a beer brewed in Mexico by a brewery that’s been in operation since 1890, named after a city in Baja California (more info on Wikipedia). Amazingly, it’s probably my first time trying Tecate. Happy Sunday!
Tecate – 12x355ml for $13.79
Couldn’t really sleep despite feeling tired tonight, so thought I’d get out of bed and post this “beer” that I found at Circle K yesterday. For a while I stopped checking because I pretty much tried all the available 500ml cans, but for some reason I decided to check yesterday and there it was. Amazingly, this is the beer that is featured in a commercial that we saw during Tokyo 2012, the one where the guy takes a huge gulp after eating some okonomiyaki and then yelps in pure joy. How interesting that I didn’t try it then in Tokyo and that it now appears in a store across the street from my place in Hong Kong.
The reason I call it “beer” above is that apparently this drink features no malt. It tastes and looks like beer (I haven’t opened it yet so that remains to be seen) and is made with fermented soy beans instead. Wow!
With less than a week in this place that I’ve called home for the past 2.25+ years and just over a week left in Hong Kong, I’m undoubtedly feeling pensive tonight. Without work to use up my energy, it’s harder to fall asleep after consuming caffeine, and I keep forgetting that I actually don’t have to go to sleep early because I don’t have to get up early. I definitely have some work withdrawal going on right now.
Kirin Nodogoshi – 1x500ml for $16.90
Wow, these are actually from last weekend, guess I’ve been so busy I’ve completely forgotten about this photo I took. It’s also been over a week since I’ve gotten beer from Circle K. I may have finally exhausted all the different varieties. Here’s Tsingtao Draft from last Friday, May 30. Nothing special here, used to get this from Oakland Chinatown all the time.
Tsingtao Draft – 2x500ml for $13.00
Another San Miguel product tonight, this time it’s called Blue Ice. Between last night and tonight, I actually went 24 hours without alcohol!
Blue Ice – 2x500ml for $11.90
It’s Thursday night, and I’m spent. Going to try to shower and go to bed in the next 30 minutes. Will try to finish my Blue Girl beer. According to here, it’s brewed in South Korea for import into Hong Kong. They do lots of advertising here. Good night.
Blue Girl – 2x500ml for $23.90
I just bought airfare back to the U.S., which means our move back there is now official. Although it’s the right thing to do, it’s still depressing (sort of like breaking up with someone you’ve been with for a while) and calls for more alcohol. I probably won’t sleep tonight…
Tsingtao – 2x500ml for $17.50
Tonight we have a special guest: the limited brew Kirin Ichiban Shibori Wheat. Launched on March 24, it finally made its way to the Circle K across the street. There’s a nice writeup of the brew over at Beers of Japan as well. Kanpai!
Kirin Ichiban Shibori Wheat – 1x500ml for $16.90.