Today a coworker and I met our pal Randy at his favorite sushi restaurant for lunch. Earlier in the week Randy was proclaiming that this was the best sushi he’s ever eaten. Bold statement.
Now I’m not going to go into a review of the restaurant but just for the record it probably was some of the best sushi I’ve ever eaten. What I am going to talk about is something that came up while we were gorging on slices of sashimi the size of my phone.
Well, beer and dining. It’s not going to be a shocker to hear me say that I believe a beer will enhance any meal (along with almost everything else in life) but in particular I love drinking a beer while enjoying sushi, pho, bibimbap, and pretty much any hot and/or spicy Asian dish. I’m a guy that likes his soy sauce to have so much wasabi mixed in that it has turned into a greenish brown puddy. I want every bite of bibimbap or ladle of pho to come with a healthy squirt of Sriracha. In fact I’m at my happiest when I have tears in my eyes, fire in my sinuses and I am washing down each mouthful with a tall cold beer.
Not any beer mind you. For me personally these meals call for a crisp, cold, foamy golden lager. Perhaps something in a tall frosted mug poured from an iconic 22 ounce silver can. Today though I’m going to talk about a beer I found after a delicious meal at the local H-Mart.
Beerlao Lager…the “best selling beer in Laos”.
Some Fun Facts about Beerlao:
- This is a rice beer that uses Polished rice grown in Laos.
- The other ingredients include French malted barley, Hallertau hops, German yeast and water.
- I have found at least 3 Beerlao websites (www.beerlao.com, http://www.beerlao-usa.com, and www.authentic-beerlao.co.uk) and I honestly am not sure if any or all are associated with Beerlao.
- Lao Brewery Co., Ltd. was founded in 1973 as a joint-venture between foreign investors and Lao businessmen originally under the registered name of Lao Beer and Ice Factory.
- After National Liberation in December 1975, the Lao Government took over the foreigners’ shares followed by the voluntarily handing over of shares from the Lao businessmen to the State.
I particularly thought that last fun fact was interesting.
I selected Beerlao from the H-Mart Asian beer aisle strictly based off of these three important factors:
- I’ve never had this beer before.
- I’ve never had a beer from Laos before.
- I really dig this bottle cap.
I grabbed my favorite beer glass and gave the Beerlao a nice slow pour. Just as my glass began to change from clear into a beautiful dark golden amber I immediately noticed Beerlao’s malty aroma.
I was extremely surprised how smooth this beer was. This is exactly the type of beer you want while enjoying your favorite spicy cuisine. It perfectly extinguishes the flames that I tend to create when I get a little heavy handed with the Sriracha or wasabi. I don’t want you to think that just because this is an Asian beer that you can only enjoy it with Asian dishes. As a lager Beerlao can easily stands on its own and is exactly the type of beer you would happily reach for while enjoying many flavorful meals.
Personally, Beerlao has earned a spot in my beer fridge rotation and I suggest that if you ever find yourself wandering the aisles of your local Asian supermarket, Total Wine or where ever they might have a large selection of Asian beers that you pick up a sixer….and perhaps some Drunken Noodles from the nearest Thai restaurant.