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Good selection of Chinese beers?

noahbites Feb 10, 2010 03:31 PM

Does Ranch 99 have a good selection of Chinese beers (namely, something other than Tsingtao)? Or are there better places to try?

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    will47 RE: noahbites Feb 10, 2010 03:44 PM

    Well there aren't that many brands that make it over here, really, and the Chinese style of beer is mostly pretty standard anyway. I buy "Harbin" sometimes. There's also "Taiwan Beer". Most of the Chinese markets also carry some Thai and Vietnamese brands like "33", "Tiger", etc.

    I think most of those places carry about the same stuff - I think SG Superstore and 168 should both have a pretty good selection. But if you're looking for something that has a stronger / more complex flavor than the standard Budweiser tasting stuff, you might be out of luck.

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      noahbites RE: will47 Feb 10, 2010 06:48 PM

      Very cool. Thanks. I've never actually tried Harbin and am curious. Do most of those places, like Ranch 99, etc. carry it?

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        will47 RE: noahbites Feb 10, 2010 07:23 PM

        It's pretty common, but I don't remember specifically if 99 Ranch carries it. If you go to the 99 Ranch in Focus Plaza, the other places mentioned in this thread are all really close.

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          will47 RE: will47 Feb 17, 2010 03:04 PM

          Snapped a couple cam-phone pictures for you at SG Superstore (run by Shun Fat).
          A few interesting things to note:
          1) Beijing version of Asahi (never heard of / tried this)
          2) Love the bare-bones style cans of Taiwan Beer - reminds me of those BEER cans that used to be at Ralphs or Vons, featured in Repo Man
          3) Also Yanjing beer and a second style of Tsingtao (Qingdao) - "pure draft" (see also http://blogs.laweekly.com/squidink/be..., which features a comparsion of the two Qingdaos, but not any other Chinese beer)

    2. ipsedixit RE: noahbites Feb 10, 2010 07:02 PM

      Best selection that I've seen is at Hawaii Supermarket.

      In addition to Taiwan Beer, I've also seen Distinctive Flavour Beer and Zhujiang Beer.

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