By Expedia Team, on September 12, 2016

How to Order a Beer in 17 Different Countries


How to Order a Beer in 17 Different Countries

Ordering a beer abroad in the native tongue is satisfying; you get a delicious brew and can make a stronger connection with the bar staff and other locals.

If you want to go that extra inch and show full respect to the kind barkeep who’s serving you, it can be rewarding to both of you (and impress the barflies) to use the two or three local words required – and seal the deal with the appropriate ‘Skål’, ‘Prost’ or, well, ‘Cheers’ (which goes down well in most Anglophone countries). It isn’t always as easy as that: in Myanmar, you’ll need to toast with a hearty “Aung Myin Par Say!”, and only after ordering “be ya ta khwet” in your best Burmese. In neighbouring Thailand, the toast is a far more festive sounding ‘Chok-dee!’, which may be all you can manage having stuttered your way through ‘“Ow bee-a neung krup”’ – “one beer please, sir!” (Be sure to swap out the ‘krup’ for ‘ka’ if the barman is a barwoman.)

Taking the time to engage like this with the local culture can prompt further discoveries about the local beer-drinking culture. Curiously, the Thais and the Brits share a predilection for fried pork skin with their pints. The British call them pork scratchings, which doesn’t make them any more appealing than they look. In Thailand, they soak the rind in dark soy sauce before serving.

Feeling thirsty yet? Be sure to approach your nearest barkeep with this new infographic in hand – it outlines how to conduct that precious transaction in seventeen different cultures, and what’s best to eat with that well-deserved beer. ¡Salud!




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