Monday, April 20, 2009
Let's get bloated (I mean it in a good way)
This stuff is so good, I'm going to get bloated every night from now on.
I don't drink soft drinks, but a couple days ago after a round in the sauna, I had me this kali and I was saying, Kali ma, shakti de.
All right, enough of the testimonials. Stuff's good, and it's in a glass beer bottle.
The company calls it a "root beer", but it's radically different. Technically kali is -- let's see if I can get this right -- a hopless rye malt near beer with a high specific gravity (sweet), with 0.8% alcohol. Is it the same as KBAC? Ahem. From the Wiki, you get a sense that it is identical, but some might argue that KBAC is soaked rye bread in a tank truck that came around the kolkhoz at lunchtime, while kali is a cold-filtered, pasteurized drink made from hand-selected croutons. KBAC is totally acceptable for consumption by children. With kali, there is some hand-wringing. Descriptions of KBAC often say that it is sour. Kali comes in a glass bottle and is unmistakably sweet. I know what, let's just call it off.
As a taste experience, this kali was as great as when my Cuban godfather brought me some Malta Goya as a kid.
The fact that kali is in a glass bottle has other advantages. I've bitched in the past about preservatives in food in Estonia. It remains all but impossible to find cured meat without E250 series chemicals (nitrates). Even most ordinary domestic cheese has nitrates. You really have to scrounge around in the bigger stores to find some Saaremaa Ekstra or similar premium brand that only has the benign calcium chloride at most.
But A.Le Coq is on side. Like Coca-Cola, they have phased out benzoate in their soft drinks. As of March, Kelluke, which is some classic lemonade drink, is preservative-free.
A word for the competitor: Saku has non-alcoholic beer in a glass bottle, and it has been great for over a year. But they don't have kali in a glass bottle. I have yet to have a good non-alcoholic dark beer anywhere. O'Douls Dark tastes like pot roast -- seriously. But kali comes close to some Czech dark beers like Starobrno.
Posted by Kristopher at 1:07 PM