Angkor - the Beer

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Mother lode unveiled
 

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.

Angkor girls off to work
About half of the pallets are loaded with cases of cans, other half red cases of bottles, both small and large. Laborers quickly gather to unload the truck. Four cases at a time are carried into the warehouse to await further distribution. Smaller trucks arrive hauling kegs. The Te Lee Hong goes through five or six of those each day, delivered directly.

 

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.

worldcitizen says:
That's good to know that Angkor beer is better in Sihanoukville. I thought it was alright but I preferred Saigon beer in Vietnam to it and then preferred Beer Lao to Saigon. That was good though because the beer just kept getting better ;)
Posted on: Jan 05, 2009
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Mother lode unveiled
Mother lode unveiled
Angkor girls off to work
Angkor girls off to work
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The distributor
The distributor
Angkor girls
Angkor girls