Friday, 20 March 2015

Tiger Beer Vs Tiger Radler: What's the Difference?

Hello Tiger Radler

I feel like this post needs to be written up because until today I still find people getting confused over what Tiger Radler really is. Allow me to try and clear up that confusion for you once and for all.

To put it simply,

 Tiger Beer + Lemon Juice = Tiger Radler

To put it lengthily, read on. :)

Firstly, why is it called a Radler? 
Radler is just another type of shandy. Shandy's a mixture of beer and some flavoured carbonated soda (usually citrus, fruits, ginger beer). The term "radler" is popularly used in Germany where they mix part beer with part sparkling lemonade (or Sprite or 7-Up as we know it in Malaysia).

Shandy? You mean that sweet bubbly can drink that kids love to drink over Chinese New Year pretending that they are adults?
Yup, that's the one and the same. Shandy's been around in Malaysia for a very long time actually. I remembered having my first shandy when I was a child nearly 30 years ago.

However, Tiger Radler was launched  just over a year ago (December 2013). Google it and you'll find loads of local press coverage on it.

So Tiger Radler's just the same like the other older shandies I've grew up with?
Not quite. While they are basically made of the same ingredients, Tiger Radler actually has a significantly higher alcohol content compared to the other shandies available in our local market.

The other shandies state that it contains less than 1% alcohol, Tiger Radler's stands at 2%. To give you a sense of perspective, Tiger Beer's alcohol content is at 5%.

Tiger Radler vs Tiger Beer vs other shandies which you're familiar with

It's safe to presume then, that Tiger Radler's the same price as the other shandies?
Again, not quite. Here's a fun fact for you: when it first launched, it was meant to be priced the same as Tiger Beer. But after some time, the Radler's price became lower. IMHO the lowered pricing made more sense... because how does a 2% ABV product fall in the same price range as a 5% ABV one?

Anyway, now, the Tiger Radler's pricing is actually in-between shandies and domestically brewed beers. I had a quick check at my neighbourhood hypermarket and the prices look something like this:

(For a 320ml can)
Other shandies (with <1% ABV) = RM1.50 to RM 2.00
Tiger Radler (with 2% ABV) = RM 3.50 to RM4.50
Tiger beer (with 5% ABV - for comparison purposes) = RM6.50 to 7.00

When life gives you lemons, make shandy.
Wait, with the higher alcohol content - does it taste more beer-ish? I don't like the taste of beer.
Nope, not at all.. It's still sweet and refreshing tasting. I think my mum put it very aptly when she describe it as "Very nice for hot weather. It's very quench-y". Yes, I know she totally made up that word. 

Do remember to serve it super chilled otherwise it might get a little too sweet.

So... Can I legally serve it to kids?
Well, it DOES have some alcohol in it. It really depends on how open you are with the kids under your care having a little bit of alcohol. Do you feed them with shandy? If yes.... then maybe another 1% of ABV wouldn't hurt? But YMMV. 

By the way, did you know that in European countries, it's common for a child to be fed with a little bit of brandy or sherry when they refuse to sleep or become too temperamental? Hehe #justsaying la. 

Can I get drunk on this stuff? 
I suspect some people might feel the effects of the 2%, especially those who don't consume alcohol. Best way to find out? Buy a can and try la! :)

Thursday, 12 March 2015

The Bee's Heart of the Run Whisky Festival Post-Event Report

One of The Bee's event posters which I thought was cute and deserved a repost. :D

The Bee held (what was probably) the first (and biggest) whisky fair in Malaysia just last Sunday, 8 March 2015 at their Solaris Publika outlet.

If you had any interest in whisky at all and weren't there (without a good reason), kindly proceed to give yourself a nice good kick in the behind. And then read on while I explain to you WHY you deserved that nice good kick.


Tuesday, 24 February 2015

The IBA Project: Cuba Libre

Everything you need for a Cuba Libre. I had of course, finished the Coke only to remember that I haven't taken a picture.

The Grandfather Story:
The recipe of this cocktail might have originated from Cuba around the late 1800s. The original drink was said to have been made with cuban rum and a dark syrup mixture of kola nuts & coca.

The name apparently came about when an American captain proposed a toast with the drink (which became rum, coke and a squeeze of lime) around 1900 in a Havana bar filled with American soliders - "Por Cuba Libre", they would cheer, and cuba libre means "free cuba". This was just after cuba's war of independence with the Spanish.

This very disputed story was re-told by a famous rum company. There is a comprehensive article which disputes this, and yet another article which refutes this dispute, lol.

Well, whatever the story, the cocktail's yummy. :)

Wednesday, 18 February 2015

Taste: Taiwanese Pride - Kavalan Single Malt Whisky

That movie reference
If you're old enough (like me) , you might remember this movie called "Armageddon". In that movie, a Russian astronaut exclaimed this rather infamous line:

"Components? American components, Russian components, ALL MADE IN TAIWAN!"

It's true innit? Everything CAN be made in Taiwan. Even Single Malt Whisky.

That's right. Just in case you've been living under a rock these past few years, Taiwan now has its own single malt whisky brand -  Kavalan.

Tuesday, 10 February 2015

Guinness Anchor Berhad (GAB) Wants Make Your Chinese New Year a Merrier one.

This happy lion just wants you to pet it for luck.

Chinese New Year is around the corner and GAB wants to be right there to celebrate it with you.

So if you're enjoying your spot of dinner or supper at your favourite neighbourhood food court, don't be surprised to suddenly find yourself in a GAB party with loads of entertainment.. and even the obligatory Choi San Yeh visit to rub on some new year luck to you.

Thursday, 5 February 2015

GAB Professional Solutions (GABPS) Academy National Finals

Yes, that's a LOT of words on the post title..... So let me try and break it down for you.

Firstly, a TLDR: A competition for Malaysian bartenders to pour the perfect pint of Heineken happened 2 weeks ago. The winner will represent Malaysia to compete against the rest of the world to be the best.. in the world.

Read on for the longer version! Give face la, I spent a lot of time typing this post up leh! :(

The stage at the event looked like it was setup for a huge concert and the contenders were the super Kpop stars. Nice.

Thursday, 29 January 2015

Launch: Ippudo (yes that yummy ramen shop!) Bar @ Bangsar Shopping Centre

Firstly, let me get this out of the way - I LOVE Ippudo ramen. It is the best after-drinks food EVER. Nothing beats a pipping hot bowl of noodles swimming in a pool of delicious broth of pork after you're high from slightly over-imbibing. So what I'm going to say after this may be SIGHTLY biased. :P

I was so excited to find out that Ippudo launched a new bar in BSC last week - especially since it's going to be a full-fledged Japanese concept bar.

Sure you say, BSC is FILLED with bars. Do you really need ANOTHER bar?

Yes I say. Hell YES. A million times YES.

Some psychedelic lighting was happening at the launch party - but we were assured that on normal non-event days, it will be cosy & non-intrusive.

Tuesday, 27 January 2015

Martell Celebrates its 300th Birthday.

Born 1715, Martell is 300 years old this year.

Of course a huge fabulous party was thrown, if I lived to 1/3 of that, I would too!

Just to put things into perspective for you, the (recorded) oldest human being that ever lived was 122 years old.

This means that Martell lasted at least 3 (human) generations!

Elegantology all decked up with exclusive limited edition martell bottles for the party. Did you know that Martell is the patron for Elegantology? Read it up here! (Picture credit: Martell)

Friday, 23 January 2015

Carlsberg 2015 CNY Celebration - A Smooth Sailing In the Year of the Sheep

5  clear signs that Chinese New Year is upon us:

1. McDonald's Prosperity burger set is available
2. Eu Yan Sang runs their cheesy hamper radio ads
3. Banks start giving out empty angpow packets
4. Malls put up loud red decorations and/or loud chinese new year songs
5. Beer boys organise Chinese New Year parties and start dropping prices of their 24-can packs in hypermarkets, coupled with chinese new year themed gifts.

Item #2 is what we're going to talk about today....... No I kid. of course I meant #5. Surprise surprise. It's the only sort of thing I'll ever talk about, on this blog, anyway. So let's go go go!

Did you know that Carlsberg was born in the year of the sheep waaaayyy back in 1847? Well, this 168 year old young man brand celebrated its zodiac-versary, with a HUGE party. And by huge, I mean, a 18 ft Chinese ship (sheep, ship, lol) in the middle of Ara Damansara Oasis HUGE.

See how BIG the ship was. I placed the entire Carlsberg management team, 2 lion dancers, 7 chinese drummer boys and 8 gods of prosperity there just for scale..

Monday, 19 January 2015

The IBA Project: Hemingway Special


The Grandfather story:
  • A twist of what Hemingway liked - which was basically a daiquiri with no sugar and extra strong (known as the Papa Doble, where > 3 oz of Bacardi  was originally used), blended with shaved ice. 
  • A Hemingway Special is based on this recipe but with an additional maraschino, grapejuice and with less rum, which I suppose was to make it more palatable for the normal, non-alcoholic drinks like you and me. :D

Fun fact:
Hemingway was a known alcoholic and diabetic. Apparently he could consume glasses upon glasses (6-12, legend has it) of this original recipe of this daiquiri in a sitting.