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Written by Peter
I thought what a wonderful idea for an article, then that of the Xi’an famous, Hans Gampi (Beer).  What a wonderful world we live in here in Xi'an, with having such a good local beer as that of Hans.

This beer is brewed in neighbouring town Baoji, and is a favourite drop of the expat community, myself included. Now I do call myself a beer connoisseur (coming from Australia), and I have tasted many beers from around the world; I must say that this beer is quite the extraordinary.  

In Australia, the beer is served standard in a 330ml bottle, and the larger sized “tallie” (700ml bottle) is something of rarity to purchase. So to a foreigner, this idea of beer being drunk out of a bottle larger then my fist, is somewhat alien.  But nevertheless, it is easily functional with a small cup on the side for the necessary “gambei”.  

Now the name “Hans” leans to thoughts of German connotations, one might think there is some near tendancies between the style of brewing between Hans and Becks. However, the majority of beers in China are brewed in the Dry/Draught style. Being a fan of beer in Xi’an, is quite possible the most economical choice you could make compared to anywhere else in the world.  

I have seen such beer from as little as 2.1 kuai at the local supermarket, ranging to 3 kuai cold at a cigarette shop in Gaoxin district. Now I don’t know any of the back history of the beer, as I cannot read Chinese characters; but I for one would like to see a Hans brewery tour added to the list of “Things to do when living in Xi’an as an expat”. To leave a final thought – “Drink Responsibly”!

Our valuable Editor Peter has been with us since Saturday, 11 July 2009.

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0 #3 Hermann 2010-03-06 04:16
well, this is a great article. i do also live here for a time and hans is fine! but you are mistaken if you think that in germany there is only Becks! Germany has UNCOUNTED kinds of beers! ..and to be honest..Hans is fine here in China ya....but it is not as good as german beer, from any german region. According to taste and salubriousness, Hans cannot compete with any german beer or even belgian, english, russian or spanish (san miguel beer....yummy) one. The germans brought the beer to China/world, they are the best here, like in so many things..So..btw: Hans is a german name and it has a german origin and a story. Qingdao was occupied by the german empire for more than a decade and there was a story about a guy named Hans who built up a brewery there. But it is a too long story to explain now :-). Nice article nevertheless!
0 #2 janexing 2009-09-22 03:19
yeah!! gambei! *g* thanks guys , i love u !!! keep it on! ND RULEZZZZZZZZZZZ Z and the beer!
0 #1 traumaman 2009-09-18 02:33
kewl reading guys! my compliments to the writer.amazing stuff that hans beer.but baijou is hot too. f***** cheap and makes me fly *G* Xian rulezzzz.s*** i luv it

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