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Cold, cheap beer is easy to find throughout China, but it comes at a price. Firstly, there's not much to it in terms of aroma, flavour, or mouthfeel. Worse, though, is what is illustrated in this photo. These cases of Liquan are sitting in front of a shop in Longsheng, Guangxi. Even though the beer may be fresh, because the bottles are green, chances are it is already skunked from the ultraviolet light that has entered the bottle. Opaque packaging is the best. If you can't find beer in cans or brown bottles, you should look to see if the proprietor handles the beer properly, keeping it out of the sunlight. A store or restaurant with fast turnover of stock is also recommended.

Guilin Liquan Co., Ltd. was originally founded in 1985. In July of 2002, it was acquired by Beijing's Yanjing Beer Group, which is China's largest beer conglomerate. Today, the company produces a line of light lagers ranging from 3.1% - 4% ABV. For reviews of Liquan Natural 10P beer, see Beer Advocate and Rate Beer. (Rick Green photo | View slideshow)

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