Home-brewed Tibetan barley beer made from rice
It is usually drunk at room temperature
But in colder weather is often sweetened in brass bowls or wooden cups with honey and served hot.
Chang is considered the best remedy against the strong cold of the mountains. It supposedly has many healing properties for conditions such as cold, fever, allergic rhinitis and alcoholism among others.
Chang’s drinking and sacrifices are part of many Tibetan social and religious events, such as the Losar celebration (the Tibetan New Year), including the resolution of disputes, welcoming guests, and so on.
According to legend, Chang is also popular with the Yeti or Himalayan snowmen, who often ambush isolated mountain villages to drink. (1)