Saturday February 7, 2015
Guess who popped back into our lives and snagged themselves the best mooring ball in Christmas Cove? Â Kim and Jereme from Laho! Â 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. Â 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. Â No mixed drinks for me tonight.
Nope, instead I planned on taking Kim and Jereme through a World Beer Tour. Â Or maybe not so much a world tour as a European Atlantic Island tour. Â 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. Â 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. Â 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. Â 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. Â 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. Â (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 0,35â‚¬ 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. Â 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. Â 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? Â Plus everyone was in love with the tiny bottle and it’s easy pull off cap. Â 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. Â It was just a little more flavorful and filling. Â 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. Â And I still look forward to drinking you the next time I’m in Portugal.
Photo courtesy of Lahowind