Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Asia = Largest beer producer in the world.

When you think of large beer producers around the world, the European nations are probably some of the first to come to mind. From the Oktoberfest in Germany, the infamous Belgium ales, and popular pub scene in England, it is clear just how much beer is a part of European cultures. Interestingly enough, though, earlier this month Asia overtook Europe as being the #1 beer producer in the world.

The Telegraph reports:

Asian beer manufacturers produced 103 billion pints of beer in 2009, marking an increase of 5.5 per cent compared to the previous year. Defying cultural stereotypes of beer-swilling Europeans, it is the first time that Asia has assumed the top spot in the world's beer producing since annual records began in 1974 by the Kirin Institute of Food and Lifestyle.
Also interesting, is the Japanese beer market does not seem to be a contributing factor to this as it experienced a 2% drop in the same period of time. While Japan is experiencing a slump, the rest of Asia is expected to grow considerably as per capita consumption remains relatively low, which clearly explains the recent trend of Japan investing in foreign markets (read the previous posts for more).

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Beerbin.com = BeerBin

Hey folks,

Just a quick update. BeerBin.com has been around for over four years now, and we thought it was about time to simplify our name. We're getting rid of the '.com' and are now simply 'BeerBin'. Our new logos went in to effect recently, and over time we will be editing all references. Feel free to help us out if you spot a beerbin.com reference by dropping us an email.

In addition, with the slight re-branding comes slightly updated images, including the skyline, which, as far as we know, is the first Chicago skyline graphic to include the newly constructed Trump Tower!

Stay tuned to BeerBin, your #1 source to find your favorite beer, at your favorite Chicago bar, playing your favorite team on the big screen.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Zywiec

BEER REVIEW: Zywiec by Zywiec Breweries PLC

It may not be the best, but it works. Zywiec Beer, from the Zywiec Breweries PLC, is one of beers found on tap at LOKaL. LOKaL is a cool Euro Bar on North Avenue, east of Damen, in the Wicker Park neighborhood of Chicago. Inside this chic and contemporary Restaurant & Lounge, a small bar area houses some fine European Lagers. My eye drifted towards the tap handle with an image of a dancing couple wearing traditional Krakow dancing clothes. It is this logo that has made Zywiec Beer one of the most recognizable Polish Beers! Not only did the tap handle catch my eye, but the glassware for your pint of Zywiec is also appealing.

But what of the taste? Zywiec is a simple lager with a high-end light beer taste. Perhaps it is due to the fact that one of the main ingredients of Zywiec Beer is, according to ZywiecUSA.com, "crystal clear mountain water." The beer is flavorful, but it definitely has a "watery" taste. Please do not take that as a negative, in fact, it is a positive: you can drink more without feeling full! Zywiec Beer falls in between a Miller Lite and a Heineken. Side note, the Heineken company actually purchased Zywiec Breweries PLC in the 1990's.

Overall, I would drink this beer again, especially if it is served in the cool Zywiec glass stein!

Zywiec Beer is Recommended by Gonzalo.


Monday, August 2, 2010

Goose Island 312 used to pay off a wager

Dear Readers, please step back in time with me. Back to a time when the 2010 World Cup was still occupying TV screens and headlines across the globe, back to Saturday, June 26, 2010. It was on that date that President Obama paid off his wager to British Prime Minister Cameron, a wager that involved beer. Not just any beer, but one of my personal favorites: Goose Island 312 Urban Wheat Ale. You see, the bet revolved around the big June 12th USA versus ENGLAND World Cup match (here is a match advertisement clip, courtesy of ESPN via YouTube: 2010 FIFA World CUP: Glory (ENGLAND vs. USA)).

President Obama would be betting on USA and British Prime Minister Cameron would be betting on ENGLAND...no surprise. When the game ended in a tie, thanks to the infamous England Goal Keeper Robert Green's "own goal"(as seen here in a Lego Version of the highlights of the game: USA vs. ENGLAND in Lego), both Obama and Cameron ended up honoring their end of the bet. As President Barack Obama explains:
And since it ended in a tie, we are exchanging -- and paying off our debts at the same time -- this is Goose Island 312 beer from my hometown of Chicago.

What did President Obama get from the British Prime Minister? The British Brown Ale known as Hobgoblin English Ale. A fine brew it is, but it seems to me that British Prime Minister Cameron got the better prize! Goose Island 312 is one of the finest brews that all of Chicago has to offer and it is definitely hard to find across the ocean in England (from my data, Goose Island 312 is currently only available within the USA). On the other hand, Hobgoblin English Ale is found through out the great 50 States. So, Prime Minister Cameron hit the jackpot! Next time the United States President bets beer on a pivotal sporting game, I hope he gets a hard-t0-find-in-the-USA beer. In the mean time, I hope British Prime Minister Cameron enjoyed the call of 312.

To read more about the bet, please read Lynn Sweet's article from the Chicago Sun-Times: Obama pays off World Cup bet with Goose Island 312 beer from Chicago

Thanks to Nathan Chandler, of Nathan Chandler Furniture, for passing on the article.