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Bottles of the two most famous brands of erguotou, Red Star and Niulanshan (at far right)
|Manufacturer||Red Star, Niulanshan among others|
|Country of origin||China|
|Region of origin||Beijing|
|Alcohol by volume||44%-56%|
Erguotou (simplified Chinese: 二锅头; traditional Chinese: 二鍋頭; pinyin: èrguōtóu; lit. 'second pot head, i.e. second distillation') is a Chinese liquor. It is a type of light-aroma baijiu made from sorghum. The most famous brands are Red Star (红星, Hóngxīng) and Niulanshan (牛栏山). It is available in various strengths, the average being 50% alcohol by volume or 100 proof.
The name "second distillation" indicates its level of purity. It is a clear, potent spirit and takes six months to produce. It is one of the most commonly drunk baijiu in Beijing, and thus has a deep cultural association with China's capital and beyond.
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