Good evening and happy Friday all. I have been behind on these stat attacks because I had quite a lot going on at work and was taking a break from beer.
Our next stat attack takes us to East Asia for the second time.
Skipping past Greece , a country with ancient history, we find ourselves in a different place with its own fair share of ancient history… next up on the Most Difficult Countries to Drink list is China , with 4,431 users having rated at least one beer from the Middle Kingdom (I wonder how many of those are Tsingtao ratings, heh).
China is the world’s third largest country after Russia and Canada, yet, rather strangely, it only has one time zone.
China is another one of those countries that is always in the news and everyone seems to know something about it. The ancient Chinese invented tonnes of things, including, paper money, gunpowder, fireworks, the earliest form of football, paper, porcelain, teapots, etc. etc.
These days China seems to be known for its economic prowess and hi-tech stuff, one-party state, re-education camps for the Uighurs, zero tolerance for COIVD, censorship (don’t mention June 1989), threatening Taiwan, and social credit scores, among other things.
Unfortunately, this is yet another country I have not visited. Perhaps I will go when they stop locking down and mass-testing everyone for coronavirus.
In terms of beer, my knowledge is very limited. I know there is a Chinese craft scene, but sadly, I have zero experience of it.
The RateBeer database contains 254 active breweries, 0 meaderies, 1 cidery, and 4 sake producers. It only takes 30 beers to enter the top 50.
At present, our biggest rater here is @GuideDogSaint with 387 ratings, and who also appears to be based in China. The rest of the top 10 is made up of folks from Europe and North America:
As for the locals, there isn’t much action, with the lower band of the top 10 having rated just enough to get into the abovementioned top 50 for China.