Angkor - the Beer
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Angkor is one of the finest beers in Southeast Asia. That is if you happen to be here in Sihanoukville where the brewery is located. The beer just isn't the same in Phnom Penh or Siem Reap after it has traveled cross country for a day or more, then sat for who knows how long. As I mentioned in previous travelogs, the Sihanoukville Distributor for Angkor Beer is right next door to the Te Lee Hong Restaurant by the main market.
For an hour or two each afternoon the small warehouse bursts with activity when a big red truck backs up to the building. Tarps are untied and drawn back to reveal hundreds of cases of the brew - the mother lode.
Around quarter to four each afternoon, the Angkor girls begin to arrive by motorbike taxi. Dressed in traditional Cambodian red dresses with gold trim and the Angkor logo, they check in at a small desk, then board a bright red mini-van to be dropped at various hotels around town. Their sole job is to pour Angkor draught at the finer restaurants. They sometimes work side by side with Tiger girls, dressed in blue, who pour the competitors brew. The third main beer, Anchor, probably has girls too but I haven't seen them. They would probably be dressed in white.