THIRSTY THURSDAY – Cheap Beer!

Ever wondered where the best place to have a beer at the end of a long day of work meetings is? Well if you are on a business trip hopefully you are in a “cost effective” country, otherwise you are stuck at home paying the usual prices. Here is a guide on where is the cheapest and most expensive place to order a cold one!

The Top 3 countries in the world with the highest tax rates on beer are Norway, Finland, and Canada

In Turkey between 2002 and 2009, taxes on beer increased a whopping 737%, with an additional 45% increase between 2009 and 2010

In Lithuania, Estonia, Latvia, the UK, Czech Republic, Finland, Slovakia and Ireland alcohol has become over 50% more affordable in 2011 than it was in 1996.

Cheapest beer prices
10. Democratic Republic of Congo – $ 0.68
9. Philippines – $ 0.67
8. Rwanda – $ 0.59
7. Myanmar – $ 0.59
6. Madagascar – $ 0.59
5. Democratic Republic of Korea – $ 0.59
4. Burundi – $ 0.57
3. Bhutan – $ 0.56
2. Panama – $ 0.48
1. Tadjikistan – $ 0.41

An remember even if you do eat beforehand, the presence of food in the stomach slows the rate of alcohol absorption, BUT the amount of alcohol absorbed remains unchanged.

THIRSTY THURSDAY – Wine Again!


I know this is the second wine post for the week (maybe I have a problem!!), but as it’s Thirsty Thursday I thought it was only right to give you some vino facts so you can share them at the bar over work drinks tonight. You will look like an educated wine expert in front of your boss and colleagues in no time.

A bottle of opened wine stored in the refrigerator lasts 6 to 16 times longer than it would if stored at room temperature

The vintage year isn’t necessarily the year the wine was bottled. In the northern hemisphere, white wines may not be bottled the same year the grapes are picked.

Australia developed wine in a box in the ‘70s (aka “the cask”)

The purpose of the indentation at the bottom of a wine bottle is to strengthen the structure of the bottle

The average number of grapes it takes to make a bottle of wine is 600

Among the world’s fruit crops, wine grapes rank number one in the amount of acres planted

The average cost of the grapes used to produce a $20 bottle of wine is $2.64

It costs around $1 per bottle to age wine in a French oak barrel. And $3 per bottle to age wine in only new French oak barrels

Move over, Mickey Mouse…. The Napa valley has replaced Disneyland as California’s number one tourist destination, with 5.5 million visitors per year. There are 4,929 wineries in the US. California has 46% of those wineries.

And just in case someone isn’t drinking tonight, Methyphobia is fear of alcohol (although I am yet to meet anyone who has suffered from this!)

THIRSTY THURSDAY

Detox is over so drinks on the roof anyone? When you are next ordering a cocktail, here are a few of the world’s best rooftop bars you may want to try if you get the chance (and I have been lucky enough to visit most of them)

THE STRAND HOTEL, NEW YORK CITY – Features a lounge on the 21st floor with a retractable glass roof and a bird’s eye view of the Empire State Building. It w…as designed by Lydia Marks, set designer for “Sex and the City” and “The Devil Wears Prada.”

FOUR SEASONS, MUMBAI – Aer is Mumbai’s highest rooftop bar offers panoramic city and sea views and an endless ceiling of sky and stars, creating an atmosphere that redefines the notion of freedom.

VUE BAR, SHANGHAI – Located at Hyatt on the Bund with spectacular views of the Bund and Pudong, it even has a whirlpool on the terrace.

VERTIGO, BANGKOK – On the rooftop of the 61-story Banyan Tree Hotel, is named for Alfred Hitchcock’s famous thriller. The bar is sculpted with escalated platforms and low walls to ensure an outstanding 360-degree panorama of the city.

ROOF, CHICAGO – The 7,000-square-feet of indoor and outdoor space on the 27th floor of the Wit Hotel is moody and sleek. One corner features a seven-foot double-sided glass fireplace through which partygoers can gaze upon the Chicago skyline.

MARINA BAY SANDS, SINGAPORE – A 3-acre tropical oasis set atop the three hotel towers with 250 trees, a massive observation deck and an infinity swimming pool. Fear not drinkers, mixed in with all of those amenities are plenty of restaurants and bars offering views of the South China Sea, Marina Bay and the Singapore skyline.