Buddha Beer

Got to try a new beer last weekend that I definitely hadn’t heard of before — Lucky Buddha.  It’s imported from China and is a light brew in a cool bottle, I will say.

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It has a bit of a unique flavor to it, but nothing to write home about.  To me it was a traditional light beer — they label it as “brewed and bottled at the Thousand Island Lake in China fusing the finest quality malt, hops, rice and water from this pristine region delivering an Asian style lager that is truly an enlightened brew.”

With a low ABV (4.8%) it would be good for a hot summer afternoon day when you don’t need anything heavy.  Another thing to note about this, the bottle is smaller than it should be — only 11.6oz.  Totally get skimped on that level.  The 6-packs were about $10.

Beers from SA and nearby

Not only does South Africa have amazing wine to offer but they have quite a few brews for one to enjoy.  There were many opportunities to sample ales, lagers and more and add some names to my list.

My first, and ultimate favorite, was Carling Black Label.  A bit dark and smooth.  Apparently it’s the biggest selling and most awarded beer brand in SA.

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The most common beer seen and available was Castle Lager.  Light, crisp, refreshing.  After that, Windhoek came around a lot.  This one is from Namibia.  Another light beer.

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Beer has the same health notes as wine.

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On a sunset cruise (while watching rhinos yawn and elephants swim across the river), I tried the Bohlinger’s Lager, made with maize, malt, hops and water.  Pretty simple, just another light lager.  This one is from Zimbabwe, and I was enjoying while in its country, near Victoria Falls.

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The trip also brought a Golden Pilsener.  The label says it’s Zimbabwe’s premier Pils, but per the site it’s brewed in Czech.  It had a unique taste for a pils, just ‘off’ but still good.

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There was also a Zambezi Lager to be sampled.  Fairly traditional lager taste, but fairly light.

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And finally, a cider, the Savanna Cider.  Not super sweet, just dry, which was very nice!

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