Was in the Middle East this week in a major/modern city - one that is relatively progressive given Muslim rules around alcohol - i.e. alcohol permissible in western hotels and by license to expats only via gov controlled outlets. Most hotels have a line up that goes like this - Bud and BL, Heineken, and Becks. You might be able to get Guinness and Hoegarden in one of the Hotel restaurants if you are lucky - and I’ve seen a few other odd ball Belgiun and Japanese brews on occasion. Having my Buds this week I noticed all of the bottles were pushing a year old. When I looked at bottles of BL and Heineken they ranged from 6 to 11 months old. Not surprisingly the beers “tasted like Bud” and were well within the 14 month BB date..so I suppose I shouldn’t be complaining.... . All the dist goes through a single company and I’m assuming that given the relatively limited demand - they just stockpile the stuff. In short - an absolutely god-awful beer scene (or should I say Allah-awful?). Anybody have other destinations that can compete w/this??