FROM The man in the front seat / July 18, 2014

Guide to Belgian Beer

Belgium is home to some 125 breweries which between them produce approximately 500 standard beers but it is it’s the ‘Special Brews’, many of them one offs, which put the Belgian brew on the Beer map. When we include these Special brews the total number of Belgian beers is up around 8700. A few terms to help you to decide Types of Beer Trappist Beers Are beers brewed in a Trappist monastery For a beer to qualify for this category, the entire production process must be carried out by, or supervised […]

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FROM The man in the front seat / February 12, 2014

Almdudler – auf der alm dudlein

There are very few countries where a locally produced soft drink actually rivals the big boys such as Coca-Cola and Pepsi, but the small landlocked nation of Austria is one of them. Almdudler, known to any Ex-Contiki staff who spent time waiting for the their clients at white water rafting, is without doubt one of the finest things to come out of Austria. Made out of grape and apple juice concentrates then flavoured with several herbs is today, in Austria, second only to Coca-Cola in sales with more than 80 […]

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FROM The man in the front seat / February 11, 2014

Aperol – I must be in Venice

Created in 1919 by the Barbieri Company which  is based in Padua, Italy. Aperol has become one of the most popular Italian aperitifs of all time. After a relatively slow start Aperol’s unique combination of bitter orange, gentian, rhubarb and cinchona (a plant native to South America) has sky rocketed in popularity since WWII. Looking a little like Campari (in fact its owned by the Campari company today), Aperol is only half it’s alcohol content at 11% and much more pale in colour. Aperol is sold in Germany however its […]

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FROM The man in the front seat / August 16, 2013

Cockta – Coca Cola…sort of

With the former Yugoslavia at its peak, many Eastern European states created products to compete with the more popular Western versions. Cockta, is a great example of an attempt to take on the might of Coca Cola. Based on the fruit rosehip, it also contains 11 other herbs but, unlike its more famous rival, contains no caffeine nor orthophosphoric acid. Cockta began in the early 1950’s with Slovenian chemical engineer, Emerik Zelinka, who although using foreign drinks as a model, at the same time tried to make an original by […]

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