Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Inspiring Conversation

A new Import European Beer shop opened in the most local neigherhood in the city, amongst street food vendors and lingerie pushcarts.

- "Oh you have Delirium Tremens!  That's awesome!"
* "Yes, it's a very good beer.  Got smooth and nice taste, and that's why it's most suitable for ladies."
- "For ladies?  You know it's 8.5% alcohol, one of the strongest beers?"
* "So?  You want?"
- "I'll take this pack."

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

literary quote

With submission, sir, ... yesterday I was thinking about Bartleby here, and I think that if he would but prefer to take a quart of good ale every day, it would do much towards mending him, and enabling him to assist in examining his papers.

Monday, October 14, 2013

Pivo Blog Revival - Xanadu Bound!

Where else a better place to revive this pivo blog than the Chengis Khan Land!

Yes yes, I know the Mongolians are better known for their talent and capability in making and drinking liquors.  I went to Inner Mongolia specifically aiming to sample their baijiu and the infamous Changis Khan vodka from Mongolia.

But hey!  What do you say when you walk into the first restaurant you see, asking for half a kilo of lamb shack for yourself and the best drink to go with and the kind Mongolian owner offered the local beer brewed from the freshest spring water and local wild hop from the Da Hinggan forest?  Fate!
Xianbeiyuan - Da Hinggan Beer
["Root of Sienpi" beer - if I had to give a rating Kent Babin style, this has to be a 4.5. One of the most tasteful beers I've had for a long long time!]

The rest of the trip just happened for itself.  Millet beer, buckwheat beer, beer from local spring water, from volcano hot spring mineral water...  You name it.  Who would've thought Inner Mongolia has so much to offer to the pivo world!
Hailar Buckwheat Beer
[Hailar Buckwheat Dry]
Arxan Millet Beer
[Arxan Millet Beer]
Hailar Beer
[Hailar Beer]

Saturday, June 25, 2011

How Do People Room-Party in Hangzhou

Last weekend our company organized a team building trip to Hangzhou, a southeastern Chinese provincial capital which used to be the national capital back in the Song Dynasty (1000 AD). Last minute notice but it turned out awesome. A noteworthy event was a room party we threw in our hotel at a colleague's room - 7 ppl with limited alcohol and a retarded card game but we made the best out of it. And below is a priceless discover we made:

The alcohol purchasing group went down to the grocery shop and brought back this:
Priceless packaging

Hang on, hang on, Jenny, you know we have a no-alhocol-no-kofola-no photo rule on this blog, right? That's a frikking rice sack!
Yes I'm crystal clear about this rule but I F*CKING MADE IT (YEAH)! But wait and hear me out, let's take a look at what's inside:

Yes baby, the grocery store didn't have anything big enough except for a 50kg rice sack (which can be used to bag cement lime as well, by the way) to bag those beers.


PS. Those are West Lake Beer - world_pivo strikes again!

Tuesday, May 03, 2011

Will & Lindsey sparkling!

Will & Lindsey sparkling! by jennyhu
Will & Lindsey sparkling!, a photo by jennyhu on Flickr.

So Will and his friend Lindsey come to China, right? The first thing they saw and drank when landed in the airport was a can of Tsingtao beer that greeted them at the gate. Everyone reckon this was a good start, eh? It gets better.

Day 1, without even a glance of Shanghai, they are shipped to the coastal city of Xiamen. And again, without even a peek of the beach or sea, they are tossed into a rental car and driven to a rural village of Hakka people. By this time they have been traveling on the road for like 36 hours with only a short interval of a 5 hour nap in a hotel room.

So we get to this town and what do we see? Cold beer and sparklers. What better can we do!

Xiamen Local Beer

Xiamen Local Beer by jennyhu
Xiamen Local Beer, a photo by jennyhu on Flickr.

Homemade Hakka Rice Wine. BEST. RICE. WINE. EVER.

The four of us finished a litre over dinner that night between beers. It made the night drive to the tulou viewing points more fun!

Thursday, April 07, 2011

Chongqing expedition

It's been a while since I last went on a solo trip, so I thought I could use the past long weekend holiday to have a date with spicy hotpot and cold beer in spring time. So, Chongqing it is!

Shancheng beer is the local brew. Shancheng literially means "city of mountain" in Chinese, or "city in mountains", or "mountains in city"... whichever way you like to call it, it will never fail to help picture the city layout for you. It's literally a city built on hills and mountains along the Yangtze and Jialing Rivers. Amazing view and amazing heartbeat when you are in a local taxi/bus racing up and down winding through the city streets on hills and tunnels with the gorges and rivers just underneath. I don't even know how the city's cartographers make their living in a 2-D map world because the city is practically vertical!

Anyway, back to the business. A photo for your edification on how the locals spend their day - hotpot and cold beer withe a window view of the Yangtze river.
[Eat your heart out]

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Why it is important for the ordinary to carefully read government report and understand the impact

I'm not sure if I'm the only one who spotted this and felt this a crushing affect to our normal life, but I think this deserves some quick actions and petitions!


If the government applies the duty escalator, raising the price of alcohol faster than inflation each year, it could add up to 7p to the cost of a pint of beer from April.
(UK Budget 2011)