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Reuters, 1:00 am
Africa’s informal alcohol market is about four times bigger than its $11 billion commercial market, analysts say. Home brews have a strong tradition rooted in centuries-old African rituals. AB InBev needs to develop products affordable enough to tap the informal beer and alcohol markets, says InBev’s new Africa head. AB Inbev’s big rivals in Africa – Heineken and Diageo – have also launched lower-priced drinks made with local ingredients that are affordable for more people.
Kurt Davis Jr., 1:07 pm AFKI Original
After-work teas are becoming after-work beers and glasses of wine in Africa. As incomes grow in sub-Saharan Africa, consumers are demanding better quality wine and spirits – both imported and locally made. “Drink more please” — it’s not the best parenting line but it is the thinking of many top executives at wine and spirit companies. Sub-Saharan Africans drink 10-to-11 liters of beer per person per year. Comparatively, Asians drink about 19-to-20 liters and Americans drink about 73-to-74. Only South Africans drink more than the global average — around 46 liters.
Dana Sanchez, 1:17 pm
South Africans have a huge drinking problem. They consume more than four times the global average of pure alcohol. The government wants to raise the drinking age to 21 to curb binge drinking. The South African liquor industry has offered to regulate marketing jointly with the government in an attempt to head off the ban. Alcohol producers are trying to find a way to restrict TV, radio and outdoor advertising but they can’t agree on how to do it, an industry official said.
Keren Mikva, 1:40 pm AFKI Original
Ahead of the pack by a long shot — but not No. 1 in Africa — is Uganda, with 11.93 liters of alcohol consumed per person each year. Just 4 percent of consumption is beer and 2 percent is wine, while the “other” category is a resounding winner at 94 percent of consumption. The generic term for domestically distilled beverages in Uganda is waragi. Here are the 17 top alcohol-drinking countries in Africa.
Karen Elowitt, 3:26 am
Eating your way around the globe is an acceptable reason for planning a travel itinerary, so why shouldn’t the same be true for drinking? When taken in moderation, booze can be as much of a cultural encounter as music, art or street eats. It often comes with its own etiquette and it can say a lot about the country or region in which it is found. South Africa loves a party, so why not seek out something from this six-pack of local tipples — you might just learn a little about the local culture while you’re sipping.
Keren Mikva, 1:00 pm
A twist on a regular old tequila shot, try deep frying your tequila. The steps are simple: bake (or buy — let’s not get too ambitious here) an angel food cake, and soak it in your favorite tequila. Cut it up into bite-sized pieces and chuck it into the deep fryer until it’s golden brown on all sides. Sprinkle a bit of powdered sugar on top and serve in a shot glass for the absolute best dessert a true tequila lover could ask for! Ah, tequila. Mexico’s gift to the world. If you’re looking to shake it up from regular margaritas, here are 10 delicious concoctions to make with tequila.
Keren Mikva, 1:33 pm AFKI Original
Partially, it’s a celebration of Bavarian/German culture, but more honestly, Oktoberfest is a celebration of German beer. From the pilsners to the hefeweissbiers, and spatens to ambers, there’s a delicious plethora of choices to get involved in this glorious holiday. Drink of choice: Really, any beer you can find. Many significant holidays the world over have somehow become excellent excuses to hit the bottle. Here are 10 holidays that are really just excuses to drink.
Keren Mikva, 8:00 am AFKI Original
The Singapore Sling is a Southeast Asian cocktail developed back in the early 1900s, and is seriously delicious. Though it’s got more ingredients than most – gin, cherry liqueur, cointreau, grenadine, lime juice, and bitters – it’s worth the effort, assuming that your bartender isn’t too slammed, and actually likes making cocktails. Maybe just wait ’til you find a place that specifically has it on the menu, and you’ll be A-OK. Try one of these classic drinks when you’re trying to impress somebody — 10 cocktails to make you look more sophisticated.
Mark Rausch, 4:19 pm AFKI Original
There’s a Latin saying, “In Vino Veritas” — in wine, there is truth. This does not just regard telling your best friend after three beers that you’ve been in love with his aunt for years. It’s also a hat tipped to the great immortal artists, writers, and thinkers. Hunter Thompson, Jackson Pollock, Dean Martin…this is not a validation of alcohol abuse, but a celebration of art produced by brilliant, sometimes tortured minds that were often addled by alcohol. Can a few glasses of wine loosen the tongue and bring out the truth? Yes, and talking about love isn’t such a bad thing. Here are 10 arguments for and against drinking alcohol.
Keren Mikva, 9:03 am AFKI Original
Sometimes you need a few more options than just light or dark to suit the weather. If you make the move into crafts, you’ll have the option of pumpkin beers for autumn, chocolate porters to warm you up in the spring, and crisp shandy options for warm spring and summer days. Mixing it up has never tasted so good.
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