For a bit over 7 months, I’ve been around the southern parts of South America. This great continent contains everything and beyond in nature, happiness and metropolitan action in addition to its vast enormity. 12 countries, altogether about two times the size of Europe (including Russian part to the Ural mountains), obviously shows great difference. Since I arrived, I have up close witnessed the alcohol cultures of 4 of them. But to this I dedicate future posts.
Today I’ll write about the non-alcoholic beverages I’ve seen this far. In certain parts of Europe there’s a major trend demanding beers, wines and even liquors completely alcohol-free. To me, this trend poses a dilemma. Obviously I didn’t choose to live a life free of alcohol only to drink a bad-tasting copy of it. But then again, holding a glas of wine lets me off the hook for a while, which is dearly welcomed.
For seven months, during longer stays as well as short visits, I haven’t seen a single one of these non-alcoholic beers, wines or liquors in Argentina, Chile, Uruguay nor Brazil. Not that I mind, when these countries pour over with the most marvelous fruits, splendid juices and in the case of Brazil; Açaí, the amazon berry that makes such an amazing meal.
Until yesterday. I opened the drink menu at a restaurant in Viña del Mar, Chile, and found not one but two different kinds of non-alcoholic beers. Startled, wide-eyed and with my mouth completely opened I stared at the menu for a full minute. They actually had a non-alcoholic beer! They exist! I so had to try it. Here’s the proof:
On the other hand, it tasted exactly the way I assumed; awful, bitter and disgusting. As always. I’ll never get my head around these beer-users. On all accounts, it’s disgusting. Why don’t you stick with fruits, water and juice? I sure will.