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Malawi

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Castel Beer

Brewery: Castel Malawi Brewery
Style: Lager
ABV: 5.0%
Country number: 120
Bought at: Kamuzu International Airport in Lilongwe, Malawi
Date: 09/10/2019
My Untappd rating: 2.50

So it’s been a couple of months since the last update, but today is the day to cross off another country from the list. This week I’m in Africa doing some cargo flying for the airline that I work for. This initially brought me to Johannesburg, South Africa but since my next flight is from Nairobi we spent the day today to travel as passengers to Kenya. This trip was booked with Malawian Airlines which meant a short stop in Lilongwe, Malawi on the way to Nairobi. When disembarking in Lilongwe we went straight to the business lounge to relax a little before our next flight. It was here I found this Castel Beer from Malawi. They also had Carlsberg brewed in Malawi but I went for the Castel.

Hard to tell anything about colour as I drank it from the bottle. It was normally carbonated and instantly reminded me of some of the African beers I’ve had before. Very little taste but some notes of malt does exist before finishing slightly more sweet. A typical African lager!

Azerbaijan

Azerbaijan

Xirdalan Lager

Brewery: Carlsberg Azerbaijan
Style: Lager
ABV: 4.8%
Country number: 119
Bought at: Somewhere in Baku, Azerbaijan. Thanks to Tor Magne Madsen!
Date: 31/05/2019
My Untappd rating: 2.75

The blog isn’t dead! Things have been quiet since my last entry almost two months ago, but I am always on the look for new countries to cross of the list. When one of my former footballcoaches recently visited Azerbaijan I saw him check in a Xirdalan Lager on Untappd and my god was I quick to message him if he would be so kind to bring with him a bottle or can for me. And as with so many other of my friends he said yes! When I look back now I actually realise that a total of 15 people have contributed in my hunt for beers from different countries. Once again thank you Anders, Andreas, Aleksander, Aleksander, Christian, Dennis, Espen, Espen, Karen, Maits, Patrick, Remco, Stian, Tom and Tor Magne!

The beer is clear golden in colour with a nice foamy white head. It tastes malty and bitter before it finishes off more sweet. Very short on the aftertaste, and hard to tell it apart from other commercial lagers.

Malaysia

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Danish Royal Stout

Brewery: Carlsberg Brewery Malaysia Berhad
Style: Stout
ABV: 6.8%
Country number: 118
Bought at: Ben’s Independant Grocer in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Date: 02/04/2019
My Untappd rating: 4.00

Yes you read that correctly. Danish Royal Stout from Malaysia! When I first got my latest workschedule and saw that Kuala Lumpur was one of the layover cities I got excited. It then got removed from my roster and I thought the opportunity was gone. Kuala Lumpur has since then appeared on my roster 2 times just to be removed again. But the fourth time it appeared it stayed on and I arrived in Malaysia early this morning. I got excited since I’ve never been to Malaysia or Kuala Lumpur and that I’ve never had a Malaysian beer. I of course did some quick research and found out that Anchor Smooth and Danish Royal Stout are the two most popular beers brewed in Malaysia. Further research found out that Anchor Smooth is registered as brewed in Singapore on Untappd as it is brewed by Heineken Asia Pacific who are headquartered in Singapore (but also brews in Malaysia). I therefor decided to go for the Danish Royal Stout.

The beer is dark brown/black in colour with a thick brown foam head. It tastes of coffee and has a pleasant roastiness to it. Finishes on a chocolate sweet note with a long lasting aftertaste. A very nice surprise as I wasn’t expecting too much! If you’re ever in Malaysia this is a nice local choice.

Papua New Guinea

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SP Lager

Brewery: South Pacific Brewery
Style: Lager
ABV: 4.5%
Country number: 117
Bought at: Gateway Hotel in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea. Thanks to Patrick Storesund!
Date: 25/01/2019
My Untappd rating: 3.00

New beer two weeks in a row! I have earlier talked about the friend that was in Västerås at the same time as me who later moved to Papua New Guinea and then supplied me with beer from Samoa and Albania. What I haven’t told is that he wasn’t the only one who was in Västerås at the same time that ended up in Papua New Guinea flying for the same airline. As I was already getting last weeks beer towards the end of last year I figured out that it could be a nice idea to ask if this second person working on the other side of the world was planning to go home for Christmas, and the answer was yes. He also answered yes when I asked if he could bring a local beer with him on the long journey home. Huge thanks to Patrick!

The beer is clear golden in colour with a massive foam top when poured into the glass. It taste malty and kind of cheap with a nice floral finish. The aftertaste is sweet and grainy.  A very typical lager that probably taste a lot better when enjoyed in Papua New Guinea compared to chilly Norway.

Cape Verde

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Strela

Brewery: Sociedade Cabo Verdiana de Cerveja e Refrigerantes
Style: Lager
ABV: 5.6%
Country number: 116
Bought at: Praia Shopping in Praia, Cape Verde. Thank you very much Stian Skovro!
Date: 18/01/2019
My Untappd rating: 3.00

When publishing the last revisit last year I promised you some new beers in the new year. The fact is that this beer and another one was already on the way when posting the last entry. As I have mentioned earlier in some posts I have friends flying aircrafts all over the world, and late last year one of them happened to do some flying out of the Cape Verde islands. I of course asked if he would be so kind to bring a beer with him if he could. It was therefor a pleasant sight to come home to this beer after a couple of weeks at work. Once again thank you Stian!

The beer is golden in colour with a little white foam on top. It tastes bitter and grainy from the malts. A very normal lager without anything special to it. Sweet and citrusy ending that lingers for a little while.

Turkey

Turkey

Efes Pilsen

Brewery: Anadolu Efes Brewery
Style: Lager
ABV: 5.0%
Country number: 42
Bought at: The Soloman Cutler in Birmingham, England
Date: 16/10/2016
My Untappd rating: 3.50

As predicted in last weeks post I’m back with a another beer had at The Soloman Cutler in Birmingham back in October 2016. Looking back it must have been quite a good trip since I managed to cross of three countries 😉

The beer is golden in colour with very little carbonation. That might also be because the one I had for the revisit spent quite a significant time in the fridge before having it. The taste though doesn’t seem to be affected by this as it tastes crisp and malty. The ending is towards the sweet side making it all in all a descent lager. This beer also marks the end of the beers I have at home for revisits, but I do have some new countries waiting. Tune in next year for that!

Kenya

Kenya

Tusker

Brewery: East African Breweries
Style: Lager
ABV: 4.2%
Country number: 41
Bought at: The Soloman Cutler in Birmingham, England
Date: 16/10/2016
My Untappd rating: 3.00

Another revisit of a beer that I first registered on Untappd when I was in Birmingham in October 2016. While I found last weeks revisit in a local Tesco Metro I found this weeks beer in The Soloman Cutler, one of many bars in Broad Street in Birmingham. Maybe there will be another beer from this bar next week as well, unless something new pops up 😉

The beer is as most lagers golden in colour. It has a small white fluffy head that stays for a little time. It tastes malty but lacking some of the bitterness. It also has a floral taste to it but everything ends kind of quickly. All in all an ok African lager.

Barbados

Barbados

Banks Caribbean Lager

Brewery: Banks Barbados Breweries
Style: Lager
ABV: 4.7%
Country number: 40
Bought at: Tesco Metro in Birmingham, England
Date: 16/10/2016
My Untappd rating: 3.50

This weeks revisit is actually a revisit of a revisit… I first had this beer from Barbados at World of Beer in Port Orange. But that was before I enrolled in their loyalty program and therefor it didn’t register. Then I came across it in the aisles at Tesco Metro in Birmingham when visiting the city when I was enjoying another of my passions, seeing the British band Feeder live!

The beer is golden in colour with less than normal carbonation. It tastes clean and crisp with a nice balance between bitterness and sweetness. The finish is short and on the sweet side. Kind of weird to sit here in 4°C and enjoy the beer and think back on the two lovely days I spent at Barbados in November last year.

Romania

Romania

Ursus Premium

Brewery: Ursus Breweries
Style: Lager
ABV: 5.0%
Country number: 38
Bought at: Somewhere in Larnaca, Cyprus
Date: 30/08/2016
My Untappd rating: 2.75

After serving you a new country last week I’m back to revisits this week. This revisit takes us back to a family vacation in Larnaca back in 2016. Larnaca actually surprised me with plenty of bars that had a decent beer selection. This beer was not enjoyed at a bar though but bought at a local supermarket and enjoyed at the hotel.

The beer is golden in colour with a normal amount of carbonation. The taste is very malty and sweet. Slight bitterness in the end before a short and sweet aftertaste.

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