Sunday, November 21, 2010
Kingdom Breweries and their Clouded Leopard Pilsener - A Beer of Rare Quality
Kingdom Breweries is the newest beer producer in Cambodia and is certainly an interesting addition to the market. Backed by an international hedge fund and under the direction of German brewmaster Peter Haupenthal and management of CEO Peter Brongers this is a very professional attempt at establishing a boutique brewery on the banks of the on tonle sap.
They launched their first offering to the Cambodian market at the beginning of October 2010 with Clouded Leopard Pilsener which naturally uses only the best German and Czech hops, premium German malt and top-quality water and so far the beer has been received well amongst the more discerning foreign residents and well-to-do tourists who are willing to pay more for a distinct tipple that stands out from the fierce competition of average "premium quality" lager beers.
While their capacity is miniscule compared to local giants such as CamBrew (Angkor, Bayon) and CBL (Anchor, Crown, ABC) Kingdom Breweries seems determined to stand out based on its consistency rather than volume with gradual expansion expected only as long as quality can be assured.
What the brewery says:
Though its naturally crisp finish does wonders for a bone-dry mouth and a sun-baked body, Kingdom’s Clouded Leopard Pilsener is infinitely more than an exceptional thirst quencher. Think of it as part of your essential travelling kit-its clean, zesty flavor refreshing every corner of your mind and body as you navigate an afternoon in the notorious Cambodian heat.
What I say:
This is a very exciting beer for expats who are so used to consistently average lagers or poor quality soapy piss. While maybe not exactly designed for local tastes I find the crisp, dry and slightly bitter taste most refreshing and it is enjoyable to drink a beer that you know people have dedicated their time and energy to making it just right.
Even Time Magazine was impressed enough to write a glowing article about the brewery: http://www.time.com/time/travel/article/0,31542,2020970,00.html#ixzz15psoSp1c