What's the best and (or) cheapest beer you've discovered on your travels?
'Zagorka' (Bulgaria) is on sale in village bars at around 40p (€0.46c - USA$.0.55c) for 500mls. In old money, that's just slightly under a UK pint and about 3/4 of a US pint. Incredibly good 5% stuff too.
Even cheaper is Bira Varna at around 30p, but it's just awful stodge.
Lasko Pivo (Montenegro) is a little more expensive at around 60p a pint, but it's just wonderful. Right up there with the very best malty ales.
I'm not really a beer drinker, and the only beer I have come across on my travels that I liked is Beer Laos- it's pale and light. I've just discovered that they export it to NZ so I drink it occasionally here too.
Vietnam's fresh beer, Bia Hoi, is cheaper than bottled mineral water in country. It's a little weak when compared to Tiger, but the taste is pretty good. I still tend to like bottled beer after hearing reports of formaldehyde in that brew.
We have a thing going on when we write our blogs, we always mention the price of beer! It started because my dad asked what the price of a beer was in each new country we went to and it kinda stuck! So our best and cheapest beers from 3 years of travel:
Bier hoi in Vietnam - 3,500 dong per litre, that's 10 English pence! Very light but very alcoholic I remember having 'spinning room virus' the morning after!
Beer Laos - 30p for 600ml, fab lager nice and smooth.
Brahma (Brazil) - can't remember exactly how much but it was about 40p for 600ml, again a nice smooth lager.
Nothing could beat the price of wine in Argentina though!
Nothing could beat the price of wine in Argentina though !
Isn't Argentina wine just amongst the very best?
I was reading in a supplement the other week that (to my surprise), Australia puts more chemicals in it's beers and wines than any of the other top 50 producers.
Off the beaten track, some of the best wine I have ever tried was Swiss and a really fine beer is Windhoek from Namibia.
Little Creatures beer in Australia is pretty good, but it's certainly not amongst the cheapest. Zagorka in Bulgaria probably wins out in the price/quality comparison for me as well! Of course, compared to Norway, beer everywhere is cheap!
Efes from Turkey is my favourite.
[quote=Sam I Am Of course, compared to Norway, beer everywhere is cheap!
Except compared to Iceland. A small beer in Keflavik cost me €11. That was just in a basic bar and not at the international airport.
They're having a larf.. I certainly wasn't. It wasn't even good beer.
[ Edit: Edited on 01-Dec-2009, at 12:47 by BedouinLeo ]
I live in Portland, Oregon - home to some of the best craft breweries in North America. For a small city, we have more breweries and brewfests per capita than just about anywhere outside of Munich. Certainly our brews are not inexpensive, but they are of very high quality, and the styles vary considerably. Have a look at one of the Portland Beer blogs:
Talking of beers in America (USA and Canada), I was there not so long ago and two mass produced ones that got me up on my feet were Coors Gold (USA) and Molson Dry (Canada). Both are superb.