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A bottle of Red Star (红星, Hóngxīng), the most common brand of erguotou
Beijing Erguotou

Erguotou (simplified Chinese: 二锅头; traditional Chinese: 二鍋頭; pinyin: èrguōtóu; literally: 'second pot head", i.e. "second distillation'), also known as Chinese white liquor is a Chinese alcoholic beverage. It is a type of baijiu made from sorghum. The most famous brands are Red Star (红星)[1] and Niulanshan (牛栏山). It is available in various strengths, the average being 50% alcohol or 100 proof[2]

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 association with China's capital.[3]

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  1. ^ Alessandro De Toni. "Red Star – Alcohol for the masses -". Retrieved 29 July 2017.
  2. ^ "Baijiu factory tour: How Chinese brew their national liquor | CNN Travel". '. Retrieved 2019-01-15.
  3. ^ "A Guide to Chinese Alcohol". Retrieved 2012-08-22.