Myanmar…a beer so good they named a country after it.*

When I travel to somewhere new I always look forward to trying the different varieties of beer on offer. I have been in Myanmar for almost 2 weeks now and haven’t managed to try anything other than Myanmar Beer. It’s not because I haven’t had the opportunity to try other beer or because I haven’t been drinking beer, it’s because it’s pretty darn good beer! I mean why else would they name the country after it right?*


So this Beer Minute is about the beer that has quenched my thirst after the long, hot, dusty days touring around Yangon, Mandalay, Bagan, and Nyaung Shwe.

I have been out for several Beer Minutes in Myanmar so far but there is an idiosyncrasy that made them less than perfect. When you want a server to place an order, get a refill, or to pay your bill, you have to make a double smooch sound. Yes that’s right, the sound you make when you smooch someone on the cheek. I wasn’t too comfortable with this for a couple of reasons:

  • I know if I tried this in Canada it could result in physical pain.
  • I know if your elk bugle isn’t quite right the elk will take off to the next county and I would hate that to happen with my server.

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In order to avoid these obvious pitfalls, I decided sometimes the best place for a Beer Minute is where you hang your hat at the end of the day. I can pick up a few Myanmar beer at the local store, sit on my terrace, and enjoy the Minute without worrying about smooching or the perpetual Myanmar chaos.


*I have no evidence suggesting they really changed the name from Burma to Myanmar because of the beer.

  Written by: Gordon Hermann


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6 Responses to Myanmar…a beer so good they named a country after it.*

  1. Lisa says:

    You are cracking me up, Gord 🙂

  2. admin says:

    Thanks Lisa, I’m glad you enjoyed it. I’ll be trying the other varieties soon!

  3. Lorraine says:

    I can just picture you double smooching for a beer way too funny!!!!!!!!!!!!! lol

  4. Tim says:

    Smoooochie, schmooooch

    Just trying it on the wife, but it doesnt seem to be working, no beer for me

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