Spanish-language blog chinochano admits — partly in English, for our enjoyment — to being a little “flag crazy” and laments the fact that China only has one flag, the national one, and no regional or provincial banners. His solution? Let local beer labels symbolize the provinces, municipalities and autonomous regions. Tsingtao for Shandong. Yanjing for Beijing. Dali for Yunnan. West Lake for Zhejiang. Hapi for Heilongjiang. And Lhasa for Tibet. He didn’t mention one for Shanghai — will we soon be standing and saluting to … um … REEB? (Did you know there is a REEB Dark now?) chinochano also directs us to this fantastic collection of Chinese beer labels. Hmmm. Perhaps we should swap out our REEB flag for this Shanghai beer label featuring the image of — you guessed it — French movie star Alain Delon.
Great names for excellent beers (realbeer.com | No, they don’t call REEB a “great beer,” but they do have this to say: “Don’t ignore ‘the Duff Beer of China’ — Shanghai’s immortal Reeb Beer. Yes, indeed, ‘beer’ spelled backwards, a new high in marketing laziness. Tastes just like Duff, too, alas….”)
Cool old (?) photo of a REEB sign
Image from Me and Chairman Mao.