A day filled with sightseeing in the picturesque city of Xiahe. We started (for our standards) early to see monks, pilgrims and the whole shabangabang that comes with a Buddhist monastery. The complex is impressive. The whole monastery is surrounded by a wall with endless prayer wheels always set in motion by monks or praying pilgrims. Everybody seemed to be very friendly and we were a big attraction in town. I have never been stared at so much in my life. Our city tour ended with a beer and dinner in the only restaurant/bar that got a green badge for a clean kitchen, Nirvana Restaurant & Bar. Run by a Tibetan and his Dutch wife.
They had an interesting beer to offer. A microbrewed Convergence Amber. It came in a “plop” bottle quoting the coordinates of the brewery in Xining. The beer is made with barley and was cloudy and light brown with a creamy head. It had a sweet barley smell with a caramel aroma to it. The taste was slightly bitter at the beginning and finished sweet with a roasted chocolaty flavor. It was with 4.9 percent, also more potent than most Chinese beers. It was a nice beer and we were happy to finally get a local beer that was interesting and full of flavors.