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Be Thin, Drink Beer

By William Brand
Thursday, June 9th, 2005 at 9:03 am in Uncategorized.

Miss Universe contestants visited Thailand’s Boon Rawd Brewery to sample the country’s national treasure, Singha. Boon Rawd is a major sponsor. They are, left-right, Miss Indonesia Artika Sari Devi; Miss Canada Natalie Glebova, who was named Miss Universe by judges last month, Miss India Amrita Thappar and Miss United Kingdom Brooke Johnston.

OK. I’m a guy. How could I not put this photo in the blog? And you see – look how thin these beer drinkers are. You thought drinking beer made you fat, did you. Hmmm.

Besides, Singha, is an excellent mainstream Asian beer. The family-owned company, headquarted in Bangkok, is close-mouthed about exact ingredients, except to say it’s an all-barley malt German-style lager.

Hops, my spies and nose tell me, just might be spicy Saaz. It’s 6 percent alcohol by volume, but the taste is malty, slightly sweet with a decent hoppy follow that hides the alcohol well.

It’s the only beer to order in a Thai restaurant in the San Francisco Bay Area. I’ve always given Singha THREE STARS ***

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