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Beverages to Go With an Indonesian Meal

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This Month's Film: The Spiral Road
Cuisine: Indonesian

Although much of Indoneisa is Muslim, there is a small segment of the population and many tourists who enjoy beer and spirits. Home-distilled spirits include arak, brem and tuak, all fermented from palm sugar. On the island of Java, they serve a ginger-water and coconut beverage called Sekoteng. Beers available in Indonesia include several locally brewed pilsners: San Miguel, the Philippine beer; Bintang, made by a local Heineken brewery; Anker and Bali Hai, both of which are Indonesian brands. Of all the local beverages, beer is most certainly the perfect accompaniment for the fiery spice of Indonesian cuisine.

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