Lion Lager is a great beer, which is getting harder and harder to find. Most notably, Cargills supermarkets don’t seem to stock it anymore. Instead they sell plenty of their own brands (strong, not very good) and Three Coins (mediocre at best). How crassly competitive and uncool.
For a while Lion was the only beer. Lion and Cargills. Then Three Coins, which is a bit too much marmite for me. Now, however, there are all this rather heinous ‘strong’ beers which are not good. In Montreal it was mostly homeless people buying strong beers, to stay warm. Here I suppose it’s people intent on getting drunk. But what of the regular people who just want a normal, decent beer, to drink at leisure. I guess that was cutting into Cargills’ profits too much.
I don’t know about Keells, but Lion has been getting harder to find. The local wine shop often runs out and has the horrid strong beers instead. You can still get it at the O Bar in Dutch Hospital, where they make some actually interesting arrack/beer cocktails, but that’s far. My goodness, is the Sri Lankan Lion becoming an endangered species? Must competition really be so brutal?