November 20 - left Shanghai for Malaysia
Malaysia was one of those trips that was really quick - into the hotel by midnight, work the next day, and a next evening on the airplane. Sadly didn't see that much Malaysian. And what was seen seeing removing texting window
Original Münchner Urtyp - Helles
Technically not sure if this was a brewpub, but it was late; maybe it was maybe it wasn't, but it was very hot; the beer was cold; it was good.
As one restaurant in the hotel was still open, did get to try some proper Malaysian food. Did not note the name of it. Was really nice spicy prawn dish with some very small anchovies that had been deep-fried: quite spicy and delicious.
The next day it was two site visits, and a quick lunch. Lunch provided by one of the sites was pizza unfortunately; however it was Malaysian style pizza so spicy, hot and good.
Off to the airport for a flight to Singapore.
Now here's an example about good trip planning. The driver asked do you want to shop around a little bit plenty of time. I said no to get the airport as. It was good we did as there was a massive traffic jam so barely made it to the counter before the flight closed.
At the hotel, with a midnight snack before bed tried a small:
San Miguel - Pale Pilsen
Tiger - Lager
Next day it was up early and out.
Late afternoon after work it was a short walk to Clarke Quay. Well no short walk, was about two miles and the weather was hot. I mean hot, humid, what you would guess being how close Singapore is to the equator.
Anyway, although try as I might I could not get any free peanuts, had the
HopBack Ale - bitter
American Pale Ale
Kölsch (very good)
XIPA - double IPA (very good)
Honey Apricot - honey ale
Black Pig - dark ale
The Golden Ale, HopBack Ale, and Pilsner definitely have some sort of funkiness going on. There was a faint bit of sulfides or sulfur smell possibly contamination with bacteria. Not really sure as to the cause, it was subtle but not good. And honestly, the Honey Apricot had neither flavor or aroma of either.
Tried their local hamburger which was quite good; it also sparked a mini-theme for the remainder of the trip - burger at brewpub.
Very close by was the SQUE Rotisserie & Alehouse at 6 Eu Tong Sen Street, Singapore.
This bar had really good service, fantastic selection, and friendly personnel. They do like to talk to you, and make recommendations.
Tried the following beers:
Nøgen O - Two Captains Double IPA
Nøgen O - Brown Ale
Next evening tried something different - went to the JiBiru Japanese Craft Beer Bar. Located in a mall at 313 Orchard Road, they ironically had as good a specialized beer selection as one found in Japan.
Also at the suggestion of the manager, had a glass of
Kinshachi - Imperial Chocolate Weizen (8%)
Ended up walking a lot and ended up near the Promenade
Finally stopping at the Supply and Demand bar and had a
Badger Brewing Hall and Woodhouse - Hopping Hare Thrice Hopped
The next evening person was heading to raffles hotel bar, at 1 Beach Road Singapore.
Raffles is the home the Singapore sling. of course have to try it; was not too bad although a bit surprise at the price, but such the price of fame.
The snacks were delicious as was the beer.
33.1 Blonde Lager
33.9 Wheat Beer
33.2 Pale Ale
33.12 Chestnut Beer - nut brown [4,600, see photo below]
33.3 - stout
Left Level 33, and walked around a bit, and tried to find a taphouse for Archapeligo, that apparently is gone.
Well the sign is there, but no Archapeligo beers. Also apparently located on "whore alley" so to say.
Ended up at Red Dot Brewery, 33/34 Boat Quay. Had an very nice lamb shank for dinner - perfectly cooked. There's different styles including a green beer that has spirulina in it.
One negative aspect of the evening at the Red Dot was some live music that night. Now I love live music as much as the next person but if there's blood coming out of your ears or nasal passages - it's too loud!
As I said to the waitress when she asked "why did you jam some paper napkin in your ears, don't you like music?" I replied "I'm doing that because I do like music. I haven't heard so much horrific, painful distortion from an overdriven amplifier since we clipped a Crown playing Slim Whitman in college." I believe my techno-humor was wasted on her.
Took a taxi into town to find the Slow Boat Brewing Company at Dongsi 8th Alley, Dongcheng, Beijing. It's a little disconcerting to get dropped off near an alley, but Google map said it was was down an alley. Walked around for a ways and did not see anything. Was about to turn around and saw some other Americans; they said follow us.
Slow Boat had some very good beers; and a very good burger. Was very pleasantly surprised how good it was. Maybe top 10 ever had? Top 5? Beers sampled were as follows:
Knot 51 Red Ale
Captain's Pale Ale
Monkey's Fist IPA
Flying Whale IPA
First Immortal Double IPA
Two-Six Oatmeal Stout
Sea Anchor Imperial Vanilla Stout (a standout)
Three Sheets Coffee Porter
Unfortunately, had a tour set up for the following day and the hotel somehow fell through, wanted to go to the Mutianyu section of the Great Wall and the Forbidden City. Fortunately "Tours by Jessie" came through; a frantic email or 2 later - mind you at 7 PM - and a tour was all set.
After a quick breakfast, and a short drive, arrived at the Great Wall.
The Great Wall was phenomenal; quite moving in person and quite an achievement - spectacular.
Had a Yan Jing on the Wall, while smoking a Cuban cigar; Cohiba to be exact. Took about 5 shots to get that smoke ring right.
The Forbidden City was also impressive as well; glad the Communists had not destroyed it.
Jirisan Moon Bear IPA Pumpkin Spice
The place was very modern looking and had some really slick videos running about the products.
Once again, doing what may become a tradition, tried their version of a hamburger. It's actually superb and told the chef how good it was. Also tried the guest ale,
Brew Dog - Dead Pony Club - pale ale
...then headed back to the hotel.
Back at the hotel, had a
as an apéritif. The next day, after work and some more wonderful food...
So that's the story: 3 weeks, 25,000 miles, 7 countries, 139 beers, 11 cities, and the Great Wall.
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