Beer Birthday: Fal Allen

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Today might be the birthday of Fal Allen. I say might, because he keeps telling me that he’s not exactly sure when his birthday is — apparently the result of having hippie parents — and he had kept changing it on his Facebook page, though now he’s removed it entirely. Fal returned to his goats and to Anderson Valley Brewing three years ago, having lived in Singapore for four years, where he built and ran a craft brewery for Archipelago Brewery, a division of Asia Pacific Breweries. He blogged about his exploits there on his Brewing in Singapore blog, but since returning stateside, he’s been blogging at The Goat Rodeo. Join me today, tomorrow or perhaps the next day in wishing the ageless Fal a very happy birthday.

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At the Oregon Brewers Festival.

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Also at OBF, with Daniel Bradford of All About Beer Magazine and Dave Buehler from Elysian Brewing in Seattle.

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With a bevy of brewers touring Stone Brewing during CBC in 2008, that’s Fal at the far right.

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While still GM at Anderson Valley, launching Brother David at the Toronado in San Francisco. Clockwise from left: Fal, Mark Cabrera, David Gatlin, me and Dave Keene, the beer’s namesake and Toronado owner.

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Fal during last year’s hop harvest. No wonder that batch of Anderson Valley tasted so “fal-ish.”

Mongolia Beer

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Today in 1911, Mongolia declared their Independence from China.

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Guild: None Known

National Regulatory Agency: None

Beverage Alcohol Labeling Requirements: Not Known

Drunk Driving Laws: BAC 0.02%

mongolia

  • Full Name: Mongolia
  • Location: Northern Asia, between China and Russia
  • Government Type: Parliamentary
  • Language: Khalkha Mongol 90% (official), Turkic, Russian (1999)
  • Religion(s): Buddhist Lamaist 50%, Shamanist and Christian 6%, Muslim 4%, none 40%
  • Capital: Ulan Bator (Ulaanbaatar)
  • Population: 3,179,997; 135th
  • Area: 1,564,116 sq km, 19th
  • Comparative Area: Slightly smaller than Alaska
  • National Food: Buuz
  • National Symbol: Soyombo symbol
  • Affiliations: UN
  • Independence: From the Qing Dynasty, China, December 29, 1911 / Revolution Day, independence from China gained, July 11, 1921

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  • Alcohol Legal: Yes
  • Minimum Drinking Age: 18
  • BAC: 0.05%
  • Number of Breweries: 8

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  • How to Say “Beer”: шар айраг
  • How to Order a Beer: нэг шар айраг, баярлалаа
  • How to Say “Cheers”: таны эрүүл мэндийн тѳлѳѳ
  • Toasting Etiquette: N/A

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Alcohol Consumption By Type:

  • Beer: 29%
  • Wine: 8%
  • Spirits: 48%
  • Other: 15%

Alcohol Consumption Per Capita (in litres):

  • Recorded: 1.24
  • Unrecorded: 2.00
  • Total: 3.24
  • Beer: 0.39

WHO Alcohol Data:

  • Per Capita Consumption: 1.2 litres
  • Alcohol Consumption Trend: Decrease
  • Excise Taxes: Yes
  • Minimum Age: 18 (off-premise) 21 (on-premise)
  • Sales Restrictions: Time, location, specific events, intoxicated persons, petrol stations
  • Advertising Restrictions: Yes
  • Sponsorship/Promotional Restrictions: Yes

Patterns of Drinking Score: 3

Prohibition: None

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Nepal Beer

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Today in 1768, the Kingdom Nepal was declared, and on the same day in 1923 gained their Independence.

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Nepal Breweries

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Guild: None Known

National Regulatory Agency: None

Beverage Alcohol Labeling Requirements: Not Known

Drunk Driving Laws: BAC 0.00% NOte: Breathalyzer testing is regularly used in major cities like Kathmandu, Pokhara, Biratnagar and Highways. For more verification, driver will be taken to nearest hospitals for blood and urine test (if demanded by the driver). Licence will be seized instantly. Driver will get the licence back after attending anti-alcoholic classes run by Nepal Traffic Police and fine will be charged NRS 1000.

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  • Full Name: Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal
  • Location: Southern Asia, between China and India
  • Government Type: Federal Democratic Republic
  • Language: Nepali (official) 47.8%, Maithali 12.1%, Bhojpuri 7.4%, Tharu (Dagaura/Rana) 5.8%, Tamang 5.1%, Newar 3.6%, Magar 3.3%, Awadhi 2.4%, other 10%, unspecified 2.5%
  • Religion(s): Hindu 80.6%, Buddhist 10.7%, Muslim 4.2%, Kirant 3.6%, other 0.9%
  • Capital: Kathmandu
  • Population: 29,890,686; 41st
  • Area: 147,181 sq km, 94th
  • Comparative Area: Slightly larger than Arkansas
  • National Food: Dal bhat
  • National Symbols: Cow; Rhododendron Blossom
  • Affiliations: UN
  • Independence: Kingdom declared, December 21, 1768 (unified by Prithvi Narayan SHAH) / Republic declared, May 28, 2008

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  • Alcohol Legal: Yes
  • Minimum Drinking Age: 18 (to drink); None (to buy)
  • BAC: 0.00%
  • Number of Breweries: 5

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  • How to Say “Beer”: biyar, jad / बियर
  • How to Order a Beer: N/A
  • How to Say “Cheers”: N/A
  • Toasting Etiquette: N/A

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Alcohol Consumption By Type:

  • Beer: 35%
  • Wine: <1%
  • Spirits: 65%

Alcohol Consumption Per Capita (in litres):

  • Recorded: 7.20
  • Unrecorded: 2.20
  • Total: 9.40
  • Beer: 1.15

WHO Alcohol Data:

  • Per Capita Consumption: 0.2 litres
  • Alcohol Consumption Trend: Increase
  • Excise Taxes: Yes
  • Minimum Age: 25
  • Sales Restrictions: No
  • Advertising Restrictions: Yes
  • Sponsorship/Promotional Restrictions: Yes

Patterns of Drinking Score: N/A

Prohibition: None

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Macau Beer

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Today in 1999, the Macau Special Administrative Region was established.

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Macau Breweries

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Guild: None Known

National Regulatory Agency: None

Beverage Alcohol Labeling Requirements: Not Known

Drunk Driving Laws: BAC 0.05%

macau

  • Full Name: Macau Special Administrative Region
  • Location: Eastern Asia, bordering the South China Sea and China
  • Government Type: Limited democracy
  • Language: Cantonese 85.7%, Hokkien 4%, Mandarin 3.2%, other Chinese dialects 2.7%, English 1.5%, Tagalog 1.3%, other 1.6% [Note: Chinese and Portuguese are the official language]
  • Religion(s): Buddhist 50%, Roman Catholic 15%, none or other 35%
  • Capital: Macao City
  • Population: 578,025; 169th
  • Area: 28.2 sq km, 237th
  • Comparative Area: Less than one-sixth the size of Washington, DC
  • National Food: Minchee
  • National Symbol: Lotus Blossom
  • Affiliations: None
  • Independence: A Macau Special Administrative Region was established, December 20, 1999, celebrated as Macau Special Administrative Region Establishment Day

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  • Alcohol Legal: Yes
  • Minimum Drinking Age: None
  • BAC: 0.05%
  • Number of Breweries: 1

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  • How to Say “Beer”: pear zao / pi jiu / 啤酒
  • How to Order a Beer: Ching gay woh ee bay pee joh
  • How to Say “Cheers”: Gom bui [Cantonese] or Gan Bei [Mandarin] or Kan bei (“dry the cup”) / Kong Chien / Nien Nien nu e / Wen lie / Yam sing, Yung sing or Yum Sen (“drink and win”) / 乾杯 / 干杯
  • Toasting Etiquette: N/A

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Alcohol Consumption By Type:

  • Beer: 44%
  • Wine: 1%
  • Spirits: <1%
  • Other: 55%

Alcohol Consumption Per Capita (in litres):

  • Recorded: N/A
  • Unrecorded: N/A
  • Total: N/A
  • Beer: N/A

WHO Alcohol Data:

  • Per Capita Consumption: N/A
  • Alcohol Consumption Trend: Stable
  • Excise Taxes: N/A
  • Minimum Age: None
  • Sales Restrictions: N/A
  • Advertising Restrictions: N/A
  • Sponsorship/Promotional Restrictions: N/A

Patterns of Drinking Score: N/A

Prohibition: None

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Kazakhstan Beer

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Today in 1991, Kazakhstan gained their Independence from the USSR.

Kazakhstan
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Kazakhstan Breweries

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Guild: None Known

National Regulatory Agency: None

Beverage Alcohol Labeling Requirements: Not Known

Drunk Driving Laws: BAC 0.05%

kazakhstan

  • Full Name: Republic of Kazakhstan
  • Location: Central Asia, northwest of China; a small portion west of the Ural (Zhayyq) River in eastern-most Europe
  • Government Type: Republic; authoritarian presidential rule, with little power outside the executive branch
  • Language: Kazakh (Qazaq, state language) 64.4%, Russian (official, used in everyday business) 95%
  • Religion(s): Muslim 47%, Russian Orthodox 44%, Protestant 2%, other 7%
  • Capital: Astana
  • Population: 17,522,010; 60th
  • Area: 2,724,900 sq km, 9th
  • Comparative Area: Slightly less than four times the size of Texas
  • National Food: Beshbarmak
  • National Symbols: Sun and steppe eagle
  • Affiliations: UN, CIS
  • Independence: From the USSR, December 16, 1991

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  • Alcohol Legal: Yes
  • Minimum Drinking Age: 21
  • BAC: 0.05%
  • Number of Breweries: 17

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  • How to Say “Beer”: сыра
  • How to Order a Beer: бір сыра, Жүктеп
  • How to Say “Cheers”: N/A
  • Toasting Etiquette: N/A

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Alcohol Consumption By Type:

  • Beer: 27%
  • Wine: 5%
  • Spirits: 68%
  • Other: <1%

Alcohol Consumption Per Capita (in litres):

  • Recorded: 6.06
  • Unrecorded: 4.90
  • Total: 10.96
  • Beer: 1.69

WHO Alcohol Data:

  • Per Capita Consumption: 6.1 litres
  • Alcohol Consumption Trend: Increase
  • Excise Taxes: Yes
  • Minimum Age: 18 (May have been raised to 21 recently)
  • Sales Restrictions: Time, location
  • Advertising Restrictions: Yes
  • Sponsorship/Promotional Restrictions: N/A

Patterns of Drinking Score: 4

Prohibition: None

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East Timor Beer

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Today in 1975, East Timor declared their Independence from Portugal.

East Timor
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East Timor Breweries

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Guild: None Known

National Regulatory Agency: None

Beverage Alcohol Labeling Requirements: Not Known

Drunk Driving Laws: BAC 0.05%

east-timor

  • Full Name: Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste / East Timor
  • Location: Southeastern Asia, northwest of Australia in the Lesser Sunda Islands at the eastern end of the Indonesian archipelago; note – Timor-Leste includes the eastern half of the island of Timor, the Oecussi (Ambeno) region on the northwest portion of the island of Timor, and the islands of Pulau Atauro and Pulau Jaco
  • Government Type: Republic
  • Language: Tetum (official), Portuguese (official), Indonesian, English, plus there are about 16 indigenous languages; Tetum, Galole, Mambae, and Kemak are spoken by a significant portion of the population
  • Religion(s): Roman Catholic 98%, Muslim 1%, Protestant 1%
  • Capital: Dili
  • Population: 1,201,255; 159th
  • Area: 14,874 sq km, 160th
  • Comparative Area: Slightly larger than Connecticut
  • National Food: Soto; Nasi goreng
  • National Symbol: Crocodile
  • Affiliations: UN
  • Independence: From Portugal, November 28, 1975 / Internationally recognized, May 20, 2002

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  • Alcohol Legal: Yes
  • Minimum Drinking Age: None
  • BAC: 0.05%
  • Number of Breweries: 0

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  • How to Say “Beer”: serveja
  • How to Order a Beer: N/A
  • How to Say “Cheers”: N/A
  • Toasting Etiquette: N/A

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Alcohol Consumption By Type:

  • Beer: 97%
  • Wine: 3%
  • Spirits: <1%

Alcohol Consumption Per Capita (in litres):

  • Recorded: 0.36
  • Unrecorded: 0.50
  • Total: 0.86
  • Beer: 0.30

WHO Alcohol Data:

  • Per Capita Consumption: 0.4 litres
  • Alcohol Consumption Trend: Decrease
  • Excise Taxes: Yes
  • Minimum Age: None
  • Sales Restrictions: No
  • Advertising Restrictions: No
  • Sponsorship/Promotional Restrictions: No

Patterns of Drinking Score: N/A

Prohibition: None

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