Alcohol By Volume (usually abbreviated as ABV) is the standard measurement of how much alcoholic content a beverage contains. For the whole month of December, we’ll be entertaining our readers with stories on beers, spirits as well as the swankiest bars for our ABV series. Bottoms up!
Beers aren’t exactly healthy for you, we get it. However, cracking open a nice cold one on a sweltering day is positively divine, an enlightening experience one might contend. For travellers to Asia looking to indulge, here’s a run-down on some of the most popular national beers in a few Asian destinations.
TIGER AMERICAN ADJUNCT LAGER, 5% ABV (SINGAPORE)
One of Asia’s most popular beers is Singapore’s Tiger beer, its locally brewed lager launched in 1932. The flagship brand of the brewing powerhouse Heineken Asia Pacific, Tiger beer was a roaring success since its inception, winning international accolades such as the international beer medal. Today, Tiger beer is available worldwide in more than 60 countries.
BINTANG PALE LAGER, 4.7% ABV (INDONESIA)
Another widely-loved beer in Asia is bir Bintang, the local version of Heineken beer. The brewery’s history in Indonesia dates back to 1929, the first brewery constructed in Surabaya to great fanfare. In recent years, bir Bintang expanded its product offerings to Bintang Radler (lemon and grapefruit flavoured versions) as well as offering non-alcoholic version of Bintang, a nod to the country’s largely Muslim populace.
SINGHA EURO PALE LAGER, 5% ABV (THAILAND)
Singha beer is the beer to enjoy if one is looking to kick back and chill by Thailand’s lazy beachside resort towns. Produced by the Singha corporation, Singha beer’s distinctive golden lion logo would be familiar to frequent visitors to Thailand. In recent years, the original version of Singha beer with 6% ABV was replaced with the lighter 5% ABV version.
333 AMERICAN ADJUNCT LAGER, 5.3% ABV (VIETNAM)
One of the first beers we had in Vietnam was the 333 beer, whose history dates back to the year 1893. Originally made in France, today the brewing of 333 beer is done in Ho Chi Minh City. 333 beer is unique in that rice is added in the manufacturing process. Oh and of course the higher ABV is a nice touch.
SAN MIGUEL PALE PILSNER, 5% ABV (PHILIPPINES)
One of the oldest breweries in Asia is the San Miguel Brewery, opened by Spaniards in 1890. Famed for the diverse line-up of beer offerings, highlights include its Doble Bock and Extra Stout label. Today, its flagship product San Miguel beer is one of the best-selling beers worldwide, manufactured all over the world in Hong Kong, Indonesia as well as Australia.