In search of the China Beer Minute – Epilogue

Often times the solutions to life’s dilemmas are far easier than you expect. Why do we look everywhere else for the car keys before we check the ignition? Why do we think there is something terribly wrong before we check the obvious? My younger Brother reminded me not to overthink things once when I couldn’t get the generator in my RV to run. He asked me “do you have enough oil in it?” After I gave him the ‘duh…I’ve been a mechanic for 30 years’ look, I stopped troubleshooting the electrical system and added some oil (when he wasn’t looking of course) and it ran just fine after that! I’ve been drinking beer even longer than I’ve been a mechanic so I should have known not to try and overthink a “beer minute”. You don’t have to look too hard for a place to have a beer minute and you don’t need any special expertise or experience to have one. All you need is a love for life, a love for beer, and respect for this wonderfully diverse world! It doesn’t matter if a place is hectic and noisy or doesn’t have a spectacular view, this world is full of fascinating places and you can enjoy a beer minute at them just by accepting and admiring their uniqueness. Once I reaffirmed what a “Beer Minute” really was, it  became so much easier to have them. I was having a Tsingtao in a traditional Chinese Hutong Courtyard when I realized I’ve been having “beer minutes” in China all along! So the moral of this story my friends is; don’t search for an elaborate solution to a simple problem, just sit back, relax, and enjoy life!

The aforementioned traditional Chinese Hutong courtyard.

The aforementioned traditional Chinese Hutong courtyard.

Tsingtao Beer Minute - best selling beer in China but I preferred the Yanjing.

Tsingtao Beer Minute – best selling beer in China but I preferred the Yanjing.

If you're not thirsty enough then try the Szechuan chicken.

If you’re not thirsty enough then try the Szechuan chicken.

Tsingtao Beer Minute in Hong Kong.

Tsingtao Beer Minute in Hong Kong.

Yanjing Beer Minute - "the real taste of China" smooth, budget friendly, anytime beer.

Yanjing Beer Minute – “the real taste of China” smooth, budget friendly, anytime beer.

Liquan Beer Minute at Lucy's restaurant - the most popular beer in Yangshuo area.

Liquan Beer Minute at Lucy’s restaurant – the most popular beer in Yangshuo area.

Dragons Back Beer Minute at Stanley Village, Hong Kong Island - the dragon boat racing team's favourite. Too hoppy for me.

Dragons Back Beer Minute at Stanley Village, Hong Kong Island – the dragon boat racing team’s favourite. Too hoppy for me.

Blue Girl Beer Minute - Pravo Hotel in Hong Kong. Is it German? Is it Korean? Is it Chinese?

Blue Girl Beer Minute – Pravo Hotel in Hong Kong. Is it German? Is it Korean? Is it Chinese?

Chengdu craft beer store.

Chengdu craft beer store.

Is this a slam at Anheuser-Busch?

Is this a slam at Anheuser-Busch?

Written by: Gordon Hermann

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8 Responses to In search of the China Beer Minute – Epilogue

  1. Lorraine says:

    It must bevery enjoyable to be the Beer Minute man
    all these different flavours and taste lucky you

  2. Tim says:

    That is an interesting philosophical treatise you’ve hit upon. I think your saying ” live each beer in the moment”. A “Zen” beer, if you will. Interesting. Something to be pondered, over beer of course.

    As for the last something other then Anheiser comes to mind. Lol.

  3. eric says:

    Whow, I am really amazed to see 4 belgian beers out of the eight on the front row of the last picture. And this in China! Good report, Gord, and nice variety of pictures (beers).

  4. Laurie says:

    You are a great writer Gordon! Very profound

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