I travel to experience unique culture around the world. Every country and culture has it’s own drinks. This section lists drinks I enjoyed from around the world, in random order.
2019-July- Almaty, Kazakhstan: Kumys (Kumis,Koumiss) is the traditional beverage of the Kyrgyz, Mongols and Kazakhs.It is made from fermented mare’s milk.
2019 – Sep – Tashkent, Uzbekistan: Dispensing beer into a plastic bottles is a common sight all over FSU (former soviet union) countries
2019 – Aug – Ishkoshim, Tajikistan: The shop in the town had only one brand of the Tajik beer. It was refreshing though.
2019 – Aug – Langar, Tajikistan: Interesting wine label , not sure about alcohol content, could be 13% to 16%, also not sure about volume, could be any where between 700ml to 750ml
2019 – Jul – Zamin-Uud, Mongolia. Bought these two cans for an overnight train journey from Zamin-Uud to UlaanBaatar.
2019 – Apr – Taipei, Taiwan. The Taiwan Beer, only choice I could find in Taipei.
2018 – Mar – Malealea, Lesotho. The lady is pouring Umqombothi, a home-brewed Lesotho Beer.
2018 – Oct – Tunis, Tunisia. Celebrating 100th country.
2014 – Oct – Cairo, Egypt. Drinks with local friends at Mukattam hills overlooking the city of Cairo
2014 – Oct – Cairo, Egypt. At the executive lounge of J.W. Marriott Cairo
2019 – Mar – Busia, Kenya. A border town near Uganda.
2019 – Mar – Kisumu, Kenya. Enjoying beer at the Equator.
2018 – Jun – Tbilisi, Georgia. Draft Dark Beer with Lobio, a traditional Georgian dish of baked beans
2018 – Jun – Tbilisi, Georgia. Having a cold one with my Georgian friend at local micro-brewery.
2018 – Jul – Minsk, Belarus. Enjoying beer with my local doctor friend.
2018 – Jul – Minsk, Belarus. Two happy man with big bottle of home-made Calvados.
2018 – Jul – Zaslawye, Belarus. This was the first time a saw a wine/liquor shop, that will fill up drink of your choice in vacuum sealed plastic bottle.
2018 – Jul – Kyiv, Ukraine. Having a cold one with my Ukrainian friend in Podil old town of Kyiv.
2018 – Jul – Kyiv, Ukraine. Having a cold one with my Ukrainian friend in Podil old town of Kyiv.
2018 – Jul – Lviv, Ukraine. Freshly brewed beer with homemade sausages and some fixings.
2018 – Jul – Lviv, Ukraine. Piana Vyshnia, Drunk Cherry in English, a Cherry liqueur served cold with more soaked cherries inside.
2018 – Aug – Odesa, Ukraine. Drinks with my local friend at one of the newly opened restaurant on Derybasivska Street.
2019 – Mar – Busia, Kenya. Beer with my younger brother at a border town near Uganda.
2018 – Aug – Odesa, Ukraine. A chilled kvass at the black sea. Arcadia, the party beach of Odesa.
2018 – Aug – Chişinău, Moldova. One of the most popular wine of Moldova.
2018 – Aug – Brașov, Romania. An Indian (Gujju) American friend, when I met her, she was on the road for last 4+ years. As we both were backpacking through the Balkans, met her again in Bulgaria and Albania.
2018 – Aug – Brașov, Romania. A chilled Turkish beer at Strada Republicii, old own of Brașov.
2015 – Dec – Brașov, Romania. Vin Fiert, Mulled wine, Warm red wine mixed with various mulling spices. Best cure for a cold weather.
2018 – Aug – Sighișoara, Romania. Enjoying Transylvanian born beer Silva with freshly baked pizza over-looking Sighișoara city square.
2015 – Feb – Budapest, Hungary. Forralt Bor, Mulled wine, an inextricable part of winter in Hungary. Every family and vendor has its own recipe for forralt bor.
2009 – Dec – Prague, Czech Republic. Flekovský ležák 13°, a dark lager brewed on the premises at U Fleků, a pub and brewery, founded in 1499, the only brewery in Central Europe which has been brewing continuously for over 500 years.
2009 – Dec – Prague, Czech Republic. X33 beer, ferments for 200 days in oak barrels. With 12.6% Alcohol it’s claimed to be the strongest beer in the world!
2009 – Dec – Prague, Czech Republic. Enjoying X33, the strongest beer in the world at U Medvidku Beer Hall, Originally founded in 1466.
2009 – Dec – Kutna Hora, Czech Republic. Original Budweiser, In the European Union, the American beer is marketed as Bud, as the Budweiser trademark name is owned solely by the Czech beer maker, Budweiser Budvar.
2014 – Jun – Seoul, South Korea. Fried Chicken and Beer is one of the most popular fast food in Seoul; a Tall one for me and a Pint for my friend.
2015 – Jan – Hong Kong. Hoegaarden, my favorite beer, enjoying Hong Kong’s night life with my friend.
2018 – Aug – Sofia, Bulgaria. Chilled Shumensko Draught Beer, from the second oldest brewery in Bulgaria, founded in 1882.
2018 – Aug – Plovdiv, Bulgaria. Kamenitza , a Bulgarian beer, the brewery established in 1881, is based in the city of Plovdiv.
2018 – Aug – Belgrade, Serbia. Zaječarsko, brewed since 1875, the most loved beer in Serbia. Raul decided to enjoy local home-made lemonade.
2018 – Sep – Novi Sad, Serbia. Raul’s first time drinking the Original Budweiser from the Czech Republic.
2018 – Sep – Novi Sad, Serbia. Rakija (Rakia), fruit brandy popular in the Balkans, each family has their own recipe. Following local tradition; our local friend said her Grandpa used to take a shot of Rakija every morning before cup of coffee.
2018 – Sep – Pristina, Kosovo. A Monastery beer, brewed by monks at the Serbian Monasteries. In the backdrop is the Gračanica (Grachanista) Monastery, built during 1313–21, a UNESCO World Heritage site.
2018 – Sep – Pristina, Kosovo. After long day of travel, Raul and I are enjoying Grembeer, a German beer, brewed in Kosovo.
2018 – Sep – Pristina, Kosovo. Exploring Pristina’s nightlife and having drinks with Raul, a Local Kosovar friend and Gujju-American friend, to whom I was meeting for the third time in three different countries (Romania, Bulgaria and Kosovo), will meet her again one more time in Albania.
2018 – Sep – Peja, Kosovo. Rakija (Raki) made by monks of Patriarchate of Peć Monastery.
2018 – Sep – Peja, Kosovo. Peja beer at Bogë, a small mountainous village in Rugova Vallery of the Albanian Alps mountain range, near the city of Peja.
2018 – Sep – Prizren, Kosovo. A beer with a view overlooking the old town of Prizren.
2018 – Sep – Ohrid, North Macedonia. Skopsko, the most popular Beer of North Macedonia, with Beautiful view of Lake Ohrid.
2018 – Sep – Athens, Greece. After a full day of walking, enjoying Mythos, a Greek lager beer with Raul.
2018 – Sep – Paros, Greece. House Wine with delicious vegetarian Greek dinner at one of many beach side restaurants.
2018 – Sept – Saranda, Albania. Birra Elbar, an Albanian Beer at the Ksamil Beach over looking the Ionian Sea.
2018 – Sept – Saranda, Albania. Birra Kaon, an Albanian Beer, celebrating Albania as Raul’s 25th Country at the Blue Eye of Albania.
2018 – Oct – Kotor, Montenegro. Raul and I enjoying drinks with my friend from China and her friends.
2018 – Oct – Kotor, Montenegro. Nikšićko Pivo, very refreshing beer from the largest brewery in Montenegro.
2018 – Oct – Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina. Indian vegetarian cuisine with Sarajevski beer from Sarajevska pivara, a Sarajevo brewing company founded in 1864.
2018 – Oct – Milan, Italy. Enjoying house wine and Italian Cuisine at one of the local, non-touristy, restaurant with Raul and my Chinese friend who was studying in Milan at that time.
2016 – Oct – Monaco. Lunch and Wheat Beer at La Brasserie de Monaco, one of the best place for casual meal.
2016 – Oct – Monaco. Claimed to the the Oldest Beer in Monaco, since 1905. This is Europe, I am sure they had Beer before 1905, but we couldn’t find one in a bottle.
2016 – Oct – Rome, Italy. Italian Sandwich and Peroni Beer from a food truck.
2018 – Oct – Valletta, Malta. Cisk, the most popular Maltese Beer from Farsons, the first brewery to be established on the island.
2016 – Feb – Paphos, Cyprus. KEO, a cold Cypriot beer with beautiful view of Mediterranean Sea!
2015 – April – Lisbon, Portugal. Ginjinha of Rossio; Oldest cherry liqueur shop in Lisbon, serving since 1840.
2015 – April – Lisbon, Portugal. Portuguese wine! Portugal has two wine-producing regions protected by UNESCO as World Heritage.
2014 – Dec, Madrid, Spain. Mahou, founded in Madrid in 1890, One of the most popular beer in Madrid.
2017 – Jan – Tallinn, Estonia. Having Põhjala Beer, from a local brewery in Tallinn, with my Estonian friend who also works in Shanghai.
2017 – Jan – Tallinn, Estonia. Alexander, Traditional Estonian lager Beer, from A. Le Coq, the oldest Estonian brewery founded in 1807.
2017 – Jan – Riga, Latvia. Riga Black Balsam, a traditional Latvian balsam (an Alcoholic drink) bottled in ceramic bottles. The original recipe created in 1752, consists of 24 natural ingredients, including 17 botanicals.
2017 – Jan – Riga, Latvia. Brūža beer by Cēsu Alus, a Latvian brewery with its roots dating back to 1590, considered to be the oldest brewery in the Baltics.
2017 – Feb – Jurmala, Latvia. Enjoying home brewed beer in Jurmala, the pearl of Latvia, the largest resort town in the Baltics.
2017 – Feb – Vilnius, Lithuania. Cepelinai (Potato Dumplings Filled with Minced Meat) and Kepta Duona (Fried Bread with Garlic) with home-brewed beer at Šnekutis bar/restaurant.
2008 – May – Antigua, Guatemala. Tacos with Gallo, Guatemala’s oldest continually produced beer, dating back to 1896, is also the most popular beer in the country.
2008 – May – Panajachel, Guatemala. Ron Zacapa 23, a premium Rum produced in Guatemala. It is the smoothest rum I ever had. It is priced similar to JW Black Label.
2010 – Nov – La Libertad, El Salvador. Cockteles de camaron (Shrimp Cocktails) with Cerveza Pilsener in San Salvador style Michelada (Spicy Beer and Lime Cocktail)
2009 – Mar – Managua, Nicaragua. Flor de Cana, aged for 18 years, extremely-smooth rum, the best rum I ever had.
2009 – Mar – Pochomil, Nicaragua. Cerveza Toña, the most popular brand of Nicaraguan Beer, often associated with the local culture and customs.
2012 – May – San Jose, Costa Rica. Two of my favorite Beers in Costa Rica. Imperial is the most popular but I loved Bavaria.
2011 – Dec – Punta de Mita, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. Enjoying spicy Michelada at Rocio with a stunning view of Pacific Ocean. Michelada is a typical Mexican drink made with beer, lime juice, spices, tomato juice, and chile peppers.
2011 – Dec – Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. A family size (1 L) Corona, one of the most marketed beer of Mexico. Bottled only for sale in Mexico.