UPDATE: As of the 25th of August, 2016, Lion Lager is back on the shelves (albeit only in cans). Head out to your nearest wine store (Cargills doesn't appear to stock any), and grab yourself some brew (also feel free to send a crate to our office). Jayawewa!
If you're a bloodthirsty dentist looking for a guide on how to shoot a lion, you've come to the wrong place. If you're here to uphold the dignity of the Sinhale people, you've also come to the wrong place. If you're here to learn more about the extinct panthera leo sinhaleyus, you've still come to the wrong place.
We're talking about Lion Lager. Cold, lightly frothing, beautifully carbonated, glycerine rich, totes indigenous, Lion Lager. Many a Lankan brew enthusiast has been left shaking and in tears over the extinction of this beautiful malty beast. Wherefore art thou sweet Lion? When will you grace the bar tops and tummies of many a grieving uncle the country-wide?
If we were honest, we'd admit Lion Beer isn't the greatest brew out there. It doesn't quite compare to a Munchen Oktoberfest märzen or a secret vintage brewed in a monastery cellar in Bruges. But we're not honest, and as far as we're concerned, "nadee ganga tharanaye" is the national anthem of every sovereign Machang bar out there.
"And who are you, the proud lord said,
that I must bow so low?
Only a cat of a different coat,
that's all the truth I know.
In a coat of gold or a coat of red,
a lion still has claws."
So we're assuming that September will be the golden month that sees Lion oust the Tigers that run rampant through the country now (wait, this sounds familiar). Until then, read our Lion Index and relive the glory days while you sip on a shandy of replacement beer and tears.
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