Tsingtao Beer: Lager and Pure Draft Arrive
We don't know much about Asian beers here at Liquor Snob, other than the fact we usually get Sapporo when we're having Japanese, Singha with our Pad Thai, and Tsingtao with our local Chines buffet. We got in two bottles of Tsingtao today (one of their Lager, and the other of their Pure Draft), something to do with the fact that Chinese New Year is coming up. We don't usually celebrate this holiday, but one thing in the press release caught our eye - Tsingtao is working with Martin Yan from Yan Can Cook to create recipes with their beer.
We used to watch Yan Can Cook daily when we were younger, and we figured if they could get an endorsement from someone of his stature, we should give their beer a try post haste. We sampled both bottles this afternoon and formed some thoughts - one thing that you should know is both beers come in green bottles, so if you don't like the distinctive "green bottle" taste, these are probably not your thing.
Tsingtao Pure Draft: The more flavorful of the two beers, this one reminded us of our beloved Molson Golden, light and hoppy, with that distinctive green bottle bite.
Tsingtao Lager: The lager was reminiscent of a light beer to us, and if we had to equate it to a domestic we'd have to say Rolling Rock. Definitely very drinkable, especially with the big flavors of most Chinese food, and it felt like we could put a few away without feeling too full.
Like we said, we don't drink a ton of Asian beers, but we'd drink motor oil if Martin Yan told us to. You know why? Because if Yan can't, then neither can we. More about their partnership with him, along with recipes, at the Tsingtao Website.
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Posted by Jake Jamieson at January 19, 2010 8:05 PM