Thursday, March 23, 2006

tickets to denmark

Danish factory beer ban spreads
Danish manufacturing workers are up in arms over an attack on their workplace drinking habits.

Currently, only 13% of canteens in manufacturing companies serve beer for lunch, down from about 75% three years ago, according to Danske Idag.

Efforts by employers to restrict drinking has met with considerable resistance in some quarters.

Last year, Harboe Brewery workers went on strike for two days after being told to stop drinking beer while working.

The strike went ahead even though their quota of six bottles of beer per day would have remained unchanged.

The order merely said they would have to go for a break to enjoy their beer.

Health concerns and demands for greater efficiency have led many employers to restrict supplies and encourage workers to cut back on their drinking.

Tuesday, March 07, 2006

Winw/Porn, Porn /Wine

Roberto Cipresso, one of Italy's most respected winemakers, has gone into business with Savanna Samson, a New York porn star, whose real name is Natalie Oliveros.

The wine world had previously suspected that Cipresso's collaboration with Samson would be little more than a publicity stunt. Such fears evaporated when U.S. wine expert Robert Parker rated their effort at 91, describing it as "an outstanding wine of exceptional complexity and character".

Samson's husband, Daniel Oliveros, who introduced her to the winemaker, is a Manhattan wine merchant. The couple met when she was a dancer at Scores, a popular strip club.

Savanna Samson's last film earned her the porn industry's highest award for best all-girl sex scene. Her best-known films are Big Blowout, Fetish Underground and Poke Her.

Roberto Cipresso's previous investor was Pope John Paul II.

Wednesday, March 01, 2006

what a 184 proof

A Scottish distillery said Monday it was reviving a centuries-old recipe for whisky so strong that one 17th-century writer feared more than two spoonfuls could be lethal.

Risk-taking whisky connoisseurs will have to wait, however — the spirit will not be ready for at least 10 years.

The Bruichladdich distillery on the Isle of Islay, off Scotland's west coast, is producing the quadruple-distilled 184-proof — or 92 percent alcohol — spirit "purely for fun," managing director Mark Reynier said.

Whisky usually is distilled twice and has an alcohol content of between 40 and 63.5 per cent.

Bruichladdich is using a recipe for a spirit known in the Gaelic language as usquebaugh-baul, "perilous water of life."

In 1695, travel writer Martin Martin described it as powerful enough to affect "all members of the body."

"Two spoonfuls of this last liquor is a sufficient dose; if any man should exceed this, it would presently stop his breath, and endanger his life," Martin wrote.

Reynier put Martin's test to the claim and consumed three spoonfuls.

"I can tell you, I had some and it indeed did take my breath away," Reynier said.

Bruichladdich, a small privately owned distillery founded in 1881, plans to make about 5,000 bottles of the whisky, which Reynier estimated would sell for about 400 pounds (US$695, euro590) per case of 12 bottles. Although whisky lovers can place their orders now, the actual spirit will not be delivered for about 10 years.

"You get a better drink if you wait because of the basic oxygenation through the oak barrels," Reynier said.

Thursday, February 23, 2006

Not a Local beer insight

The World Cup in South Africa is four years away - but the country's beer has been knocked out during qualifying.

American giant Budweiser has gained the exclusive rights to sell beer inside 2010 World Cup stadiums.

Local brands met the same fate as the national side, which made an early exit from the recent Cup of Nations and failed to reach the 2006 World Cup.

SABMiller, the biggest local brewer, says it does not have a suitable brand for the $100m sponsorship deal.

"SABMiller does not have any international beer brands that sponsor football - consequently, this would not be an appropriate venture for us," head of media relations Nigel Fairbrass told the BBC News website.


Fifa says SABMiller was approached as a potential sponsor but did not respond.

"We waited for three months for them to respond, and they did not, so we signed with Budweiser," Jerome Valcke, chief executive officer of Fifa Marketing and TV, told a seminar this week.

Mr Fairbrass said he was not aware of SABMiller having been approached, but said that would not have changed the company's position with respect to the sponsorship.

SABMiller, now the world's second-largest brewer, was formed from a merger between South African Breweries and United States-based Miller.

In South Africa, it markets long-established SAB beers such as Castle and Amstel, as well as international brands such as Miller Genuine Draft and Pilsner Urquell that arrived in South Africa as a result of the merger.

Tuesday, February 21, 2006

abit about Hamas

Hamas (Arabic: حماس, acronym of Harakat al-Muqawama al-Islamiyya, Arabic: حركة المقاومة الاسلامية, literally "Islamic Resistance Movement") is a Palestinian Islamist organization established in 1987 during the first Intifada as a wing of the Muslim Brotherhood movement in Palestine. The group's stated objective is establishing an independent Palestinian state based on Islamic principles on the area that is now composed of Israel, the Gaza Strip, the West Bank and East Jerusalem.

Hamas has created a network of social welfare programs throughout the West Bank and Gaza, explaining part of its popularity, but it is best known through-out the world for its military wing, which has carried out what it considers "resistance" attacks against "the Zionist occupiers of Palestine". Since the beginning of the Al-Aqsa Intifada, Hamas masterminded nearly 60 suicide bombings against Israeli civilians, although it has largely respected the truce declared in March 2004 [1]. Hamas is listed as a terrorist organization by Israel, the European Union (EU), and the United States; Jordan has banned the group[2].

Taybeh Brewing Company release thier "Hamas" edition

Beer was brewed 5000 years ago in ancient Egypt . The Egyptian beer was transportedall over the world to far away places such as Rome, Greece ,India and Palestine .Beer was the basis for many medicines in the days of pharaohs . The 5000 year old beer papyrus lists more than 700 medical prescriptions. Over 100 of these recipes called for beer. in fact doctors say" one beer a day keeps kidney problems away" in addition , people drinking habits are changing from drinking something light that consists of a small percentage of alcohol as beer which is considered a modern drinking habit.

Taybeh, West Bank - Like any good entrepreneur, Palestinian beer-maker Nadim Khoury knew that adaptation would be key to his brewery's survival under a government led by the Islamists of Hamas.

So anticipating the hardliners' rise to power in January's general election, Khoury decided to develop a new product - a non-alcoholic microbrew brandished with a label that co-ordinates perfectly with Hamas's trademark colour.

"I figured why not have a green label so it will match?" said Khoury, who runs the Taybeh Brewing Company, the only brewery in the Palestinian territories. "All customers will notice the green for the Hamas flag."

Wednesday, February 15, 2006

Sin Tax

Yesterday was the release of the annual Budget and if you're a beer drinker, then from April 1, 33.6c out of every R1 spent on your favourite beer will end up in government coffers in the form of excise duty.

Wine drinkers contribute excise duty of 21.5c in every R1 spent and spirits drinkers contribute a massive 41.5c in every R1 spent on their favourite tipple. Drinkers will also be paying VAT.

For the beer, wine and spirits section of the sin industry, this year's budget represents the third year of a three-year phase-in period to establish international norms for tax charges. So there were no surprises on this front, although this did not prevent some of the industry players from registering discontent.

SAB communications manager Michael Farr said the company had noted the excise increase of 9 percent on beer. "According to government's stated policy objective of applying an international excise benchmark of 43 percent of the weighted retail selling price for spirits, 33 percent for beer and 23 percent for wine, we calculate that using Nielsen's data, beer is now above the benchmark at 33.6 percent, wine is below at 21.5 percent and spirits are below at 41.5 percent."

But the guys at Distell, a major player in the wine and spirits industry, were hoping for some relief from intense competition on the international front, which is damaging the industry's export efforts.

The 12.5 percent increase in excise duty on wine had been communicated to the industry and so there was no surprise, but there were signs of some unhappiness. The 20 percent hike in duty on sparkling wine was not very easy to swallow.

Distell financial director Merwe Botha acknowledged that the increases were in line with government policy, but added that Distell would have liked to see the standard rate of company tax reduced to 28 percent "to help deal with the more competitive international situation".

Tuesday, February 14, 2006

The Nederburg Wine Auction 2006

The Nederburg Wine Auction 2006

April 7 - 8 2006, The 32nd Nederburg Auction will be a celebration of rare South African finds - with the new wines and cultivars on offer showcasing local winemaking talent. The focus on Friday is businesslike, providing a wine tasting and ideal networking opportunities for buyers and participants. On Saturday the pace is more leisurely and the customary social highlights will again be included.

South African Brandy aka brandewijn(fire wine)

There are two basic types of South African Brandy.

They are:

- Vintage brandy which is a blend of a minimum 30% of pot still brandy (aged a minimum 3 years) and a maximum of 70% of continous still product (aged a minimum of 8 years). In addition there is a limit on the size of the oak casks using for the ageing.

- Pot still brandy must contain at least 90% distillate from a pot still. The rest is reserved for additives and distilled water. Minimum ageing is 3 years.

The South African brandies are characterized by a very rich aromas and high quality.

"Claret is the liquor for boys; port for men; but he who aspires to be a hero must drink brandy." – Samuel Johnson

For a fine selection of South African Wine ,visit
and tell me that we don't beat the french at making Wine.

And if anyone is visiting South Africa and is mad about Wine ,Cape Town's wine route is the place to explore

A short distance from the city, the winelands region is one of the most picturesque areas of the Western Cape. The three major wine routes, most passing through the quaint and historical towns of Stellenbosch, Paarl and Franschhoek, offer an opportunity to appreciate the Cape's history and traditions while being surrounded by spectacular landscapes of vineyards hugging hills and valleys.

The best way to discover the winelands is by car, where you can stop of your own accord at the wine estates' traditional Cape Dutch homesteads. Take time to sample the farms' offerings, tour the cellars or enjoy a leisurely lunch on the spacious grounds.

Wine tastings, offered by age-old estates, are a popular means of sampling one of the Cape's greatest exports. At most wine estates it is possible to purchase bottles or cases of the estate's wines.

Shebeens a product of aparthied

Shebeens owe their existence to the former government's policies of restricting blacks from formal economic activity. In order to earn a living, township mamas sold a variety of home-brewed concoctions. Patrons would guzzle the rotgut from outsized jam tins that would be passed around a human circle for each to have a sip. Those were the days when black people were prohibited from selling or drinking the white man's tepid waters of immortality.

However, what was intended to humiliate the township folk spawned a new cultural expression as shebeens became a popular social rendezvous among township boozers. Many people turned their four-roomed houses into places where one could stop for a drink, a date, a chat or beautiful music. Patrons would cram themselves into the dining room of the township "match box house" called so because of their tiny size while the shebeen queen or king (the female or male proprietor) used one of the bedrooms as an office to keep the sales proceeds. If the dining room became overcrowded, other rooms, including the spare bedroom, would be used to accommodate customers. In the process, shebeens graduated from selling inferior spirits and brew into purveying beer and more refined firewater.

Starting the journey

Contenent : Africa
Country :South Africa
Place :Johannesburg
Drink of choice:Beer,Wine,White spirits and dark spirits

Did you know that South africa has one of the largest Breweries in the world ,it goes by the name SABMiller ,SAB started out in the early 1800 with a share capital of £350,000 and £300,000 of debentures (The drink of choice in South Africa's dusty prospecting fields was raw potato spirit mixed with tobacco juice and pepper. Small wonder beer was well received.) Castle Lager launched from a newly-commissioned lager brewery - capacity 50 000 barrels per annum.
In the 1900 SAB stimulates local barley industry - supplying imported seed free of charge and contracting to buy the crop at market prices. SAB and rival Ohlsson's co-operate in exploring local hops production

In 1956 Castle Brewing buys out the Ohlsson's and Chandlers Union Breweries groups for some £400 000, enabling extensive rationalisation of production and distribution facilities. Capital of the new group increased to £6.25 million. The irony of the double acquisition was that it was driven by Castle Brewing, with the smallest asset base, but with the vision and appetite which catapulted it overnight into a virtually unassailable position in the market.

The company, for the first time, becomes known as “The South African Breweries”

In 1960 SAB extends its involvement in the liquor industry by acquiring control of Stellenbosch Farmers' Winery.In 1980 South Africa sees SAB gaining 995 of the market b buying out the Rembrandt Group.

1990 Prospect of a new era of racial harmony for South Africa ushered in with unbanning of opposition political parties and release of political prisoners. Massive megabrewery investment programme starts at Alrode, Prospecton and Newlands. Domestic beer volumes exceed 20 million hectolitres per year for the first time).

2000 Total sales of Beer and other beveragesreach 77million hectolitres- about 44 000 "drinks" or 300 ml every

SABMiller plc formed as SAB plc acquires 100% of Miller Brewing Company (2nd largest brewery in United States by volume) and changes its name to SABMiller plc. Upon the acquisition, SABMiller becomes the second largest brewer (by volume) in the world.

SAB has an annual brewing capacity of 3.1-billion litres.Now thats alot of beer

(all info gathed from SABMillers website)

All you need to know about ethanol

All you need to know about ethanol

Ethanol has been used by humans since prehistory as the intoxicating ingredient in alcoholic beverages. Dried residues on 9000-year-old pottery found in northern China imply the use of alcoholic beverages even among Neolithic peoples. Its isolation as a relatively pure compound was first achieved by Islamic alchemists who developed the art of distillation during the Abbasid caliphate. The writings attributed to Jabir Ibn Hayyan (Geber) (721-815) mention the flammable vapors of boiled wine. Al-Kindī (801-873) unambiguously described the distillation of wine. Distillation of ethanol from water yields a product that is at most 96% ethanol, because ethanol forms an azeotrope with water. Absolute ethanol was first obtained in 1796 by Johann Tobias Lowitz, by filtering distilled ethanol through charcoal.