The ARRSEPedia is the British Army encyclopedia that anyone can edit.

Strange Foreign Beer

From ARRSEpedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search

Strange Foreign Beer

Foreign beer comes in many forms, some of which can even cause you to don the infamous beer goggles...


American beer is held in genial contempt by most Brits, largely due to a concoction made of rice husks called Budweiser.

This is an American icon, brewed originally in St. Louis, Missouri. The American version of Budweiser should NOT be confused with the Czech original Budvar Budweiser, which is a horse of a very different colour. Now includes a Budvar Dark (available in my local Morrisons for about £1.38 for a 500ml bottle - worth a try).

Other American brews include Rolling Rock, Michelob, Miller, Schlitz,Coors and various micro brewery outputs in places like Boston ,NY and San Francisco. Many can be freely purchased in the UK.


Mexican beers are also imported cheaply into the United States, and found in greatest abundance in the Southern and Western states, to go with the fine food of the invaders. Tecate (served best in an ice-cold can, with rock salt and a slice of lime on the rim), Bohemia, El Sol, Negro Modelo (their version of a dark beer), Pacifico Claro and Corona are all light, frothy lagers without too much alcohol punch but perfect in the warmer climes. Corona is also sold in UK stores, but it's not the real Mexican formula; it's actually some sugary shite brewed outside of Birmingham -- don't bother. Which begs: What really is the difference between sugary shite and the ready-mixed shandy called Corona?


India have also produced a popular beer known as Cobra which is popular amongst residents in the UK it is now served in various pubs. Kingfisher is another fine example of an Indian beer, and it is said that due to the low gas content, Indian beers help to settle your stomach and reduce burping during curry consumption.

Hong Kong?

Travellers to Hong Kong may be surprised to find San Miguel on tap in many of the local bars ( and those with fond memories of the 'new' China Fleet Club in the Wanchai will be well aware of this anomaly). This is because San Miguel is brewed under licence in Singapore for the Far Eastern market.


You don't need to go abroad to be offered Strange Foreign Beer - In many British Chinese restaurants you may be offered a beer from China called Tsingtao.

The history behind this brew is that the port this beer is named after was once a German Treaty port, in the period 1880 to 1939. The German colonial authorities imported a Bavarian brewery lock ,stock and barrel to keep their ex-pat staff happy. When the Reds took over Tsingtao (renamed Qingdao after the new-fangled pin-yin system) in 1949, they kept the brewery going and now it is exported world wide. Its a bit like wifebeater...nothing to write home to Grossmutti about...


Schtop! The best known Dutch beer is regretibly Heineken, sold worldwide, although the better product is of course Grolsch. Grolsch is the staple beer of the Royal Netherlands Army(not the navy, those wankers drink Heineken). Grolsch is the only non-German beer to pass the test for the Reinheitsgebot. Which though it is a pretty useless bit of knowlegde is kind of cool to know. Watch out when drinking this real mens beer though, it has the same alcoholic percentage as Stella. Unfortunately for even light drinkers, Grolsch is pure bottled headache. How the Dutch managed to bottle headache shall remain a crayshee sheckshee mystery.


In a bold move Tesco have recently started selling Guinness brewed in Nigeria. This is a cheeky little number with 7.5%ABV and a somewhat dryer taste than its Dublin brewed counterpart, Guinness FES. Well worth a taste.


see Tusker.