Felt like the Munich Oktoberfest festivities had gone by too quickly amidst the endless merrymaking? Doesn’t mean we can’t still celebrate the spirit of a good brew. Discover the varied types of alcohol around the world with unique, unforgettable flavours that have developed and evolved over years of historical and cultural influence. Let the fun begin, thirsty folks!
WINE – YARRA VALLEY, MELBOURNE (AUSTRALIA)
One of the most well-known places in the world for wine-making, Yarra Valley in Melbourne has much to offer. Aside from the breath-taking view of rolling hills and lush vineyards, visitors could have a go at traditional grape stomping and barrel rolling or be spoilt for choice with the different taste profiles and etiquettes at wine tasting workshops. Join the stomping and taste the fruits of your labour!
SAKE – NADA, KOBE CITY, HYOGO PREFECTURE (JAPAN)
Steeped in tradition, Sake has formed a special cultural significance in Japan and is an indispensable part of major festivities across the country. There are no other regions like Nada, famed for award-winning sake breweries famous for retaining decades-long brewing methods. People can get a glimpse of the entire brewing process from rice and water to the clean crisp sake while learning the history for the most irreplaceable drink in Japan.
MAKGEOLLI – GANGNAM-GU, SEOUL (KOREA)
Makgeolli, also known as the “farmer’s brew”, largely contributed to the Korea attaining the recognition as the country with the most amount of alcohol intake per capita. The popular drink attains its hallmark cloudy look from the raw distillation process of rice and other starchy produce that provide its sweet, smooth aftertaste. Beer lovers can always take the path to discovery by immersing in the Korean drinking culture at Gangnam-Gu, Seoul with the Baesangmyun Brewery and we won’t be surprised if you find yourself stocking up on a year’s supply of Makgeolli on your way home.
CRAFT BEER – DAAN DISTRICT, TAIPEI CITY (TAIWAN)
In the past, being inebriated in Taiwan could only mean that you drank from a can produced by state-owned Taiwan Tobacco and Liquor Corporation. However, specialised craft brewers have challenged the iconic “Taiwan Beer” brand by introducing a range of artisanal infusions to the regular taste of hops and barley. You would be pleasantly surprised to find yourself in a hip, up-market tap room, sampling only the best that Taiwan has to offer.
CIDER – TAUNTON, SOMERSET (UNITED KINGDOM)
Despite the recent Brexit referendum and a beating to the pound sterling, in a true Brit spirit, the people of Britain still have something to turn to other than chugging down mugs of beer. The iconic Cider of Somerset uses one of the best grade of apples to produce the exemplary carbonated fizz that follows with a sweet aftertaste, provides a refreshing twist to even the most sombre days. Put aside the bitter hops and experience how sweet life can be.
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