Saturday February 7, 2015
Guess who popped back into our lives and snagged themselves the best mooring ball in Christmas Cove? Kim and Jereme from Laho! Extremely excited for our paths to cross once more and when they invited us over to enjoy a beer around sunset there was no way I could say no. Not only for the chance to hang out with them again, but also for the chance to prove that I am able to behave myself. No mixed drinks for me tonight.
Nope, instead I planned on taking Kim and Jereme through a World Beer Tour. Or maybe not so much a world tour as a European Atlantic Island tour. Matt and I haven’t actually purchased any beer since we’ve been here in the Caribbean, partly because Matt isn’t much of a drinking and partly because we bought ourselves a liter of gin in Sint Maarten that is still going strong. So what I’m left with are a few of the beers we stocked up on in the Canary Islands and also a pack of mini bottles from the Azores that I found stuffed in the bottom of a bag in our aft cabin.
One brand is a very popular Portuguese beer, Super Bock. It’s pale lager that has vast popularity among the Portuguese and many other countries. Apparently it even has a cult status with Manchester United English Football supporters. I was able to purchase it in ‘mini’, something I love and have not seen outside of Portugal, but the beers are bottled in little 200 ml, or approximately 7oz bottles. Great for when you need something cold and refreshing with that lager taste but either want to watch your calories or not take in too much alcohol in one sitting. (Yes, there are times this does happen)
It’s contender for the night is a beer we picked up in the Canary Islands, solely for it’s 0,35€ per can cost originally. It’s another light pilsen that I have found packs a lot of flavor and even enjoy it more than many of the other beers we found in the Hiper Dino supermarkets. Many of the online reviews I were able to find describe it as lightly malty with notes of fruit and a hint of bitterness in the finish. I’d have to agree with these comments.
It was a tough competition in the beginning, opening the Super Bock first, just because we were all in the mood for a cold beer and how could it not taste delicious? Plus everyone was in love with the tiny bottle and it’s easy pull off cap. And although the beer was quite good, my favorite out of all the Portuguese varieties, I think it was mostly the bottle that everyone was in love with.
So push come to shove, cooler full of Super Bock and Wuld, I think all of us would be ready to reach for a Wuld first. It was just a little more flavorful and filling. Not that any of these were similar to the watered down light beers we’re used to drinking though. Sorry Super Bock, you played a great game. And I still look forward to drinking you the next time I’m in Portugal.
Photo courtesy of Lahowind