Here’s a snippet from a great interview from Gothamist with Garrett Oliver, brewmaster at the Brooklyn Brewery and editor-in-chief of the newly released 960 page Oxford Companion to Beer.
If you could wave your hand and make one beer disappear from the face of the planet? That’s an interesting question. I had a Vietnamese beer a few years ago that was called Saigon and it was just, it was really, really ghastly. I didn’t remember—though I do realize that beers existed that still tasted quite that bad—it reminded me of one that I had in East Germany in the mid-1980s, when there was an East Berlin. I drank a beer when I spent a day in East Berlin, and I thought, “Boy, Communism is certainly bad but I didn’t know it was so bad that it could even make Germans produce terrible beer.” And it had. I don’t know whether Vietnam is still considered particularly Communist, but apparently it hasn’t done anything to their beer industry anyway.
Read the rest at Gothamist.