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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) and Niulanshan (牛栏山). It is available in various strengths, the average being 50% alcohol or 100 proof
The name "second distillation" indicates its level of purity. It is a clear, potent spirit and takes six months to produce. Cheap and particularly popular among blue-collar workers across northern and northeastern China, it is one of the most commonly drunk baijiu in Beijing and thus has a deep association with China's capital.
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