Last Sunday, I told myself I’d put myself on a 10-day self-imposed ‘detox’. I lasted until around 7pm on Saturday. I decided I’d walk to Taipei 101 and pick up a copy of Burgess’ Malayan Trilogy (which seems fascinating even at p.2). I was thirsty for a beer, and having behaved myself so well during the week, I decided I’d treat myself early to a can. Living in Minsheng East. Road sec.5 community, it usually takes about 40 minutes to walk to 101, during which time I usually, when I’m my normal self, drink 4-5 beers on a day walk. I bought a can of Japanese Kirin and had not finished it by the time I was at 101. I dumped a half-full can into the trash. I tasted awful. I went in, got my book, and decided to have another go at it for the way home. Bought a can Taiwan ‘draft’ beer. Complete shit. Couldn’t finish that either. I walked halfway home and friend called. I waited for him for 30 minutes at the Taipei City Hall MRT station, where I bought a can of Heiniken. Ass.
The “real” draft beers at a nearby pub went down better, but didn’t really inspire the electricity of a beering night in me. Is there something about canned beer in Taiwan that is subpar? Anyone feel the same?