It's no secret that I like beer stories from obscure places but this hatchet job on the English language today is one of my favorites. I quote in its messy fullness:
For Myanmar Immigrant-workers in Thailand, ThaiBev Brewery Company, Thailand has prepared to plant Myanmar Beer Factiry in Thailand. Mr. Thapana, C.E.O. of ThaiBev said that Myanmar becomes a STAR about Booming Economy and ThaiBev could not lose. Myanmar still in shortage in electricity and water supply and for the time being Myanmar beer could be exported to Thailand. Beer- Chang is the prodsuct of ThaiBev and it has been popular in many towns of Myanmar.
Clearly, the story was written by someone with less than the firmest grasp on the language but the news is good. Long time readers will remember my theme that war is bad for beer and the corollary that beer loves peace. Heck, US-made beer showed up mere months after the end of the War of 1812 in my own fortress city buld solely to keep out our American neighbours with a high degree of, shall we say, certainty.
So what does that have to do with this horribly written article? Because, after decades of an oppressive military junta, Myanmar or Burma has gotten to the point of returning to the greater world that its brewing trade has crossed a border along with, it appears, workers. It speaks of confidence. It speaks of an economy that has moved out of a pure survival mode. It seems like there may be a bit more freedom. Don't get me wrong. There is beer in oppressive North Korea, too. But in this case, the expansion of brewing does hint at concurrent growth in peace and prosperity in what has been a pretty hard corner of this planet. Good news.