Does anyone know if it's available in the supermarkets in malta, and roughly how much a litre it costs?
If all else fails, I'll take a bottle with me (purely medicinal you understand ) but I'd rather not.
There used to be a supermarket (but not as we know it) but I think it closed down.
Perhaps our ex-pat friends will enlighten us.
Prices from my local shop around the corner (not litre size bottles & sorry no discount for medicial purposes ):
Smirnoff "Red" 70cl = Lm6.70
Smirnoff "Blue - export strength" 70cl = Lm8.75
Smirnoff "Black - Mellow" 70cl = Lm10.94
I'm one of a strange breed who cannot drink what all inclusive packages refer to as 'local spirits' they are like a poison to me. So if I am to have a drink, it has to be smirnoff or bug ger all!
Ingliza, thanks once again for taking the time and trouble to check and report back. You are a gem You are certainly in for a drink if we bump into you over there.
2 weeks today, can't wait!
I was a bit surprised that it's not cheaper though.
I should have asked but, Diet Coke is freely available isn't it?
If I find I prefer it to diet coke, well then I guess I'll just have to move there!
You can easily find English beers on draught at many bars along with bottles of Heineken,Becks and Bud' all of these brews have their original alcoholic strength.
Do you know if it is the same strength for draught as well as bottles
in gozo its normally sold in bottles, but I would be surprised if the draught is different.
Another beer to look out for, produced by Frasons, who brew Cisk, is Lacto Malt - its only 2.8%, but is the darkest beer I've ever seen - I mix it 50:50 with either Lowenbrau or Cisk - massively improves both - its like an English porter style beer. Problem is i've never seen it in a bar, and in only a few supermarkets
I also have a bottle of Cisk here and that says that it is 4.2% abv, the Cisk Export is stronger and weighs in at over 5% abv.
Tony, unfortunately the english beers that Mark & Nicky mention are the nasty smooth/keg versions of things like John Smiths & Boddies, so they are expensive, bland, gassy and complete rubbish, the general rule of thumb with beers in Malta is to stick to the bottles of Hopleaf, Blue Label, Lacto (if you can get it) Cisk, Cisk Export, 1565 Victory Lager, and Carlsberg or Lowenbrau which are both brewed under licence in Malta.
Have Farsons stopped their seasonal beers they started about 18 months ago ? They were excellent, but I seemed to be the only one drinking them !
Ciao for now
I hope the weather improves over there as I fly out a week tomorrow. Do you reccommend bottled beer rather than draught. I have noticed that in one or two bars that people choose to drink bottles even though the brew is on draught?
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