I have had this feeling for some time that I was a bit of a fraud, that I was not really covering the beer news scene as I should, as you expected. Now I know that I have filled in at least a part of the gap with this news from Mongolia:
...the police are the men to see if you need a beer. Makes sense, they have the old stocks; either confiscated or purchased at low cost. I can’t say that I expected the black market to spring up with the local constabulary, but this is Mongolia. Price is said to be doubled from the happy days. Thursday’s Ulan Baatar Post reported on raids and closures of small bottling plants and repeated a rumor that I had heard from visitors to my apartment building. Namely, that some stores are operating under special permit.Apparently it is the wrong place for the beer lover these days. Who knew? This one narrow opening into that far off land gives the before and after images. More here...from the same guy. This may all derive from bad moonshine...thankfully as reported by Reuters.