There’s a lovely little liquor store on the way from my school to the station that had some affordable Trappistes beer.
I had a delicious little dinner last night. I had some sausages and sauerkraut. Usually in Japan, you can only find the sweeter, Bavarian style of sauerkraut, but I found some sour sauerkraut and had that with my meat. I’ve been on this low-carb (but a whole bunch of beer diet) so there were no potatoes. I found a limited release of Kona Brewing Co.’s Pipeline Porter and enjoyed the smooth coffee-infused beer with dinner. For dessert, I got some bitter French chocolate and paired it with some Bellvue Kriek. I prefer the Boon Kriek I had a couple weeks ago, however.
Continuing on with my beer quest, I bought a case of Super Bock off of Rakuten here in Japan. I got 24 bottles for 3800 yen, which is a steal for import beer. I had never tried Super Bock, nor had I had a bock of any sort in years. I was pleasantly surprised with Super Bock. It’s a strong pale lager from Portugal and is great for both drinking and drinking with food. Even held up well with some Belgian chocolate I had leftover from my Kriek I had for dessert the other night. Should you happen to find some Super Bock, do yourself a favor and try it out.
Text from Wikipedia:
Super Bock is a Portuguese brand of strong pale lager from the Unicer brewery which produces a range of beers under the same name. Established in 1927, Unicer is based in Leça do Balio, just outside the city of Porto, Portugal. Its Super Bock brand is the most popular beer in Portugal (42% market share, September 1998), especially in the North of the country, and competes well against Sagres and Coral (Madeira) in the rest of Portugal. It is the only beer to have won 26 consecutive gold medals in the “Monde Selection de la Qualite”. It is sold in 90% of restaurants and markets in Portugal, and in twenty-one countries including Angola, Bermuda, Canada, Luxembourg, Mozambique, Spain, United Kingdom and the United States of America.
This beer has a cult status among English football (soccer) supporters; many discovered it during the UEFA Euro 2004 championship in Portugal. However, its history with the supporters of Manchester United goes back into the early 1990s thanks to games against the like of F.C. Porto in the UEFA Champions League. The fondness for “Bock” has even developed a chant for trips over in Portugal – “Super Bock, superstar, gets you more pissed than Stella Artois”.
On one such trip to Portugal, author Tom Lloyd commented “This is a truly heroic beer, that does justice to a truly heroic nation”.