BeerlaoNovember 1, 2008 Vientiane, Laos
Lao Brewing Co.
Imported by: Paleewong Trading Co.
New York, NY
Beerlao is the national beer brand of Laos.
Original gravity: n/a
A government and Carlsberg joint venture controls 99 percent of the Laotian beer market. A deep reddish-brown, with a fleeting head. The soft, roasted, malt flavors are well balanced with a pleasant bitter finish — not complex, but damn good with spicy foods like laap, a national dish made from chopped meat, spices and broth, mixed with crushed fried rice; som moo — barbequed pork spring rolls; and tam mak houng, a raw papaya salad with lime, garlic, chili, peanuts, sugar and fermented fish sauce.
- Charles Finkel
A copper-red amber lager with medium body and strength-emphasized malty sweetness. Mild and almost neutral aroma, though a hint of toasted malt comes through. Hop bitterness is subdued but compensated with quenching and pleasing roast malt bite. Clean, light-bodied and relatively dry, even though sweetness emerges with patience. A great option if available at Asian-themed restaurants.
- Charlie Papazian
Founder of Merchant du Vin and the Pike Brewing Co., Charles Finkel is a pioneer in the marketing of craft beers in America.
Author of the New Complete Joy of Homebrewing, founder of the Great American Beer Festival and a Beer Examiner at www.examiner.com, Papazian is a leading voice in beer and brewing.
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