Wine, beer and spirits, are free. All wine in economy is poured from normal sized bottles.
On the back of the menu cards, there is a list of the drinks available at the inflight bar. This menu will always list two different types of red and white wine, however there will only be one type on the trolley - and it is invariably the cheap one. Don't make the mistake of asking for the other option when the trolley is doing the rounds: the crew will invariably offer to bring it when they've finished the round, and about an hour later, your wine will turn up.
Instead, just grab whatever is on offer, and then when the crew are just finishing the serving, press the call button and ask for the other type. They will then open a bottle specially for you. The only exception is if you are a oneWorld Emerald, in which case the senior steward will come up to you and greet you by name during the meal service: in this case, ask them for the decent wine; occasionally they will get something from the premium classes for you.
One of the least understood, and least respected of the wine designations, it has a lovely tension between sweetness and acidity that mades it taste as if it were dry.
Best with the inflight pot noodles. 12.5%
It has zesty tropical aromas with citrus overtones, fresh tropical fruit flavours with clean, zesty acids and a crisp, dry finish.
This one is perfect with poultry and seafood dishes, or come to that knocking it back while you're in the cruise. Try it for breakfast if you are having the Asian noodles with chicken: it works, it really does! 13%
The Cantine Due Palme is obtained from selected Negroamaro grapes harvested in the second half of September, destemmed and vinified according to methods that guarantee a soft processing. The wine completes its alcoholic fermentation at a temperature never exceeding 27° C.
Incidentally, this is the brand marketed as Carlsberg Export in the UK, and is stronger (at 5%) than the normal UK Carlsberg lager which is brewed at 3.8% abv.
It is the usual tame stuff you get on the ground, in a 275ml tin, brewed in the Heineken brewery in Zoeterwoude in the Netherlands.
San Miguel Brewery Hong Kong is a well known brand in Hong Kong and has a 35% market share. It should be confused with the an Miguel brand in the United Kingdom, which is brewed by Scottish and Newcastle Brewing, who are now owned by Carlsberg.
It is notorious for the ear-splitting hangover after a few inflight beers.
Incidentally, VB has the highest market share of all beer sold in Australia, and is brewed by Carlton & United, part of the Foster's group.
Castle Lager is a dry, bitter, pale lager that has won many awards, from gold medals to the "World's Best Bottled Lager" award.
Pretty much my favourite on the few flights where I can get it, it is notable for not inducing the hangover of other inflight lagers.
This a wacky one - the tonic is in the usual size can, but the gin is Gordon's.