Liuzhou Laowai

Random thoughts on life in Liuzhou, Guangxi, China

Random Photograph 96 – Yufeng Beer

Random Picture No. 96 is one in a series of pictures, taken in Liuzhou, which amuse, baffle or otherwise interest me.

A recent comment on this post made me remember this. The brief discussion was about foul-tasting alcoholic beverages in China and elsewhere.

Twenty years ago, there was a brewery here in Liuzhou which made and sold its local beverage, Yufeng Beer 鱼峰啤酒, supposedly in their sad deluded minds competing with local favourite, Guilin’s 漓泉啤酒.

It was utterly disgusting. Watery, insipid and strongly smelling of formaldehyde. Locals referred to it as ‘peasant’s beer’ on the basis that it was so cheap, it was the only beer the peasants could afford. It was ¥1 a large bottle compared to the ¥3 for Liquan at the time.

At one point, Liuzhou’s government held a large banquet for dignitaries and the then resident foreigners. They dished out locally made cigarettes, Golden throat lozenges, Liangmenzhen toothpaste and the dreaded Yufeng beer. Everyone refused to drink it.

Major loss of face ensued and lackeys from Liuzhou Hotel were send scuttling off to bring proper beer, courtesy of Liquan.

No one will pretend that Liquan is the  greatest beer in the world or even China, but it is Cristal champagne compared to that muck.

The brewery closed its door in ignominy shortly after this debacle.

. This entry was posted on Sunday, August 12th, 2018 at 10:19 am and is filed under Food and Drink, Random Photographs. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

2 Responses to “Random Photograph 96 – Yufeng Beer”

  1. Robert Says:

    One mans crappy home brew is another mans craft beer. This stuff would probably be a good seller if it was around today

  2. Liuzhou Laowai Says:

    No, it wouldn’t. It was unimaginably disgusting. No one liked it.



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