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Monday, October 26, 2015

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Budweiser Budwar sign--Prague








Not the crap Budweiser of St. Louis. Czechs aren't insane.



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4 comments:

Ian Keenan said...

I don't recall ever seeing a bar promoting German beer anywhere in Europe other than Germany. I haven't lived in Europe for school or work or been everywhere, but I've noticed that.

Supposedly US Budweiser sells its product in Italy as Bud. Don't know why anyone would want to drink it.

Linh Dinh said...

Yo Ian,

It's a Czech beer. Budějovický Budvar!


Linh

Ian Keenan said...

No I knew that.. I read about the legal battles a while back and saw the Italian note in the Wiki.

I was just using it as a spot to float my observation/ question about German beer exports in Europe. Beer brand ID in general and very much in Europe represents people's sentiments and nostalgia. I can get why Flanders drinks its own beer but France and Spain doesn't generally have better brews - French major brands are watery Alsatian knockoffs of German styles. Luckily for Germany people's technical and industrial consumption is less nationalistic. I always liked German beer better than Belgian because for me malt trumps hops.

Ian Keenan said...

Just found a discussion that says you can get German and Belgian in Italy. Guinness is around everywhere. I guess the same places where I couldn't get German, I couldn't get Belgian. What got me thinking about this was how little German beer was on offer in Flanders, but I didn't see any in France or Spain either.

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Born in Vietnam in 1963, I came to the US in 1975, and have also lived in Italy, England and Germany. I'm the author of two books of stories, Fake House (2000) and Blood and Soap (2004), five of poems, All Around What Empties Out (2003), American Tatts (2005), Borderless Bodies (2006), Jam Alerts (2007) and Some Kind of Cheese Orgy (2009), and a novel, Love Like Hate (2010). I've been anthologized in Best American Poetry 2000, 2004, 2007, Great American Prose Poems from Poe to the Present, Postmodern American Poetry: a Norton Anthology (vol. 2) and Flash Fiction International: Very Short Stories From Around the World, etc. I'm also editor of Night, Again: Contemporary Fiction from Vietnam (1996) and The Deluge: New Vietnamese Poetry (2013). Blood and Soap was chosen by Village Voice as one of the best books of 2004. My writing has been translated into Italian, Spanish, French, Dutch, German, Portuguese, Japanese, Korean, Arabic, Icelandic and Finnish, and I've been invited to read in London, Cambridge, Brighton, Paris, Berlin, Leipzig, Halle, Reykjavik, Toronto, Singapore and all over the US. I've also published widely in Vietnamese.