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I saw Christoffel Robertus double malt beer while I was wandering through the Liquor Store today. It's a Dutch beer. I didn't know anything about it, other than, it has a REALLY COOL flip-top. XD At $3.00 a bottle (330ml; a little over half a pint), it was a bit insane. Our local beers are usually just over $1.00 a bottle and are pretty good.


But the flip-top got me, so I got one to try. =)

Wow, that's a fantastic beer. =O

I don't drink often, so the $3.00 isn't so bad when you average it over time. There is also a Christoffel Blond, but I generally prefer dark beers. The only exception I can think of is a light, apricot beer that I had with lunch at a pub/restaurant near Pike Place Market in Seattle, WA. But that felt more like a fruity soda-like drink to me.

There's also a non-alcoholic not-beer that I quite like. It's called Malz (黑麥汁*) and it's sold at T&T and other Asian supermarket places. The ads for it usually say it's an organic rye drink from Germany.

I actually didn't really like it, at first. See, this is strange. With regular alcoholic beers, if I like it, I will know and admit that I like it. And I'll have as much as I can handle. If I don't like it, I just won't have any more.

But this rye drink was like a weird addiction. For some bizarre reason, even though I consciously didn't like it, I kept reaching for another one, and another one. I'm not like this towards other alcoholic beers (thank goodness!).

* 黑麥汁 sounds like "black Chinese calligraphy ink" to me because in Cantonese, "墨" ("ink") and "麥" (general term for "wheat") are exactly homophonous. XD XD XD

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nicosian
Sep. 30th, 2007 02:50 am (UTC)
the flip top is apparently a dutch thing. They didn't think anyone should or would finish an entire beer in a sitting.

Which, if you know my family, is dead on. ( dutch conservative weirdos)
bride
Sep. 30th, 2007 03:22 am (UTC)
Huh, interesting... I guess it's not altogether a bad idea to pace yourself with the alcohol, so I can totally see that. =)
instinctive
Sep. 30th, 2007 03:35 am (UTC)
I'm pretty Grolsch (sp?) has the same kind of top
bride
Sep. 30th, 2007 03:38 am (UTC)
Grolsch comes in cans here >K{
instinctive
Sep. 30th, 2007 03:40 am (UTC)
weird. they sell them with those flip tops at this bar in Ottawa called Zaphods. I've never really checked at the LCBO/beer store though
xinit
Sep. 30th, 2007 04:47 am (UTC)
They used to be available in bottles; I knew a home-brewer that collected them from people.

I'm a fan of the single foreign beers; $3-6 bucks for a pint of something new or interesting isn't so bad.

Though, I don't really go through a big volume of beer, so a bottle every now and then is good. I can't even think about buying a 12 pack... that's too much commitment.

$1 per bottle? I don't think even that Kokanee swill is that cheap, is it?
bride
Sep. 30th, 2007 05:11 am (UTC)
I'd like to try a Grolsch if it came in a glass bottle. Somehow, I don't want beer in cans... does that make me a snob? =}

12 packs are for the office =)

The Granville Island Brewery ones were $20 for a case of 12.
xinit
Sep. 30th, 2007 05:20 am (UTC)
The English and Irish stouts are really only good as draft, but the cans are a way better bet than the bottles. Guiness in a bottle is horrible stuff...
bride
Sep. 30th, 2007 05:26 am (UTC)
Huh, interesting... I was told to stay away from Guiness unless it's on tap anyway.
xinit
Sep. 30th, 2007 05:31 am (UTC)
For the most part, that's the rule, but the cans have widgets and bits that try to reproduce the head you'd get on a normal glass of draft stout. Helps to recreate the same flavour and experience, but it is different.
bride
Sep. 30th, 2007 07:46 pm (UTC)
I stay away from cans because I think I can taste the metal that's melted into the beer... it might just be my imagination though.
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