Sunday, December 5, 2010

Tsingtao Then and Now

So if you're a diligent reader of the blog, you probably remember that the kind people who rented us our apartment left behind all of their furniture and kitchen supplies for us to use, which has been awesome.  You may also recall that our landlords are serious packrats, meaning that we have some mind-boggling quantities of things, like big boxes full of clothes hangers, 13 colanders, three rice cookers, and three full-size woks.  Every once in a while we unearth something unexpected from the depths of our cupboards.  This was one of those times.

Bryan was rummaging around, looking for a spare cutting board (you know there's got to be one around here somewhere) when he found a very old Tsingtao bottle.  Yes, Tsingtao, the beer that we bravely attempted to order at the hawker center not long ago.  My parents' love of antiques must have rubbed off a bit, because I was pretty excited by the find.

Old and new

I thought it was interesting to see how the label has changed- the logo is still pretty similar, but the Chinese writing is much less prominent on the newer bottle.  The older bottle clearly says the beer is from China, but the newer one doesn't, and the bottle itself has changed too.  I don't know how old the older bottle is, but if you have any idea, feel free to post it in the comments.  In the meanwhile, I'll be rummaging through the cupboards, looking for more treasures.


  1. Cool!

    That old bottle reminds me of this story: some years ago we were driving from Indiana to NYC, and stopped by in Pottsville, PA in hope of finding a Yuengling Brewery's brewpub. There was no brewpub, but in front of a townhouse next to the brewery there were a couple of guys sitting and having beers, so we asked them where to get Yuengling beer. One of them got inside and brought each of us a cold bottle of Yuengling beer. We chatted with them while finishing the beers. When about to continue our trip, one of the guys brought us an old Yuengling beer can that was tens of years old; one of the early cans with a cap. We thought it was pretty cool.

    We stayed in a hotel in NYC. At some point we had removed the can from our bags and placed it on the table or something, but one day it was gone. The maid had probably thought it's trash and dumped it. We were sad.

  2. Haha I'm glad someone appreciated this somewhat random blog post. I wish you'd been able to keep your Yuengling can! It sounds neat :-)

  3. hi i am andre in Indonesia and i want to ask if you are interested to sell the bottle of Tsingtao?thanks