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Tag Archives: Iran

• Moonshine and wine is but a phone call away in Islamic Iran

Moonshine and wine is but a phone call away in Islamic Iran

“Have a shot of tequila first, cheer up!” Shahriyar tells guests gathered at his luxury apartment in Tehran. His girlfriend, Shima, said they party every weekend. “Shahriyar has one rule: bring your booze! We drink until morning,” she told Reuters on a FaceTime call, as lights flashed to rap music in the background. Despite the […]

• In Iran, Christians get 80 lashes for drinking communion wine

In Iran, Christians get 80 lashes for drinking communion wine

A court in the Iranian city of Rasht has sentenced four members of the Church of Iran to 80 lashes each for drinking wine during a communion service. According to Independent Catholic News, Behzad Taalipasand, Mehdi Reza Omidi, Mehdi Dadkhah and Amir Hatemi were charged last week and have until 30 October to appeal the […]

• Booze-free beer industry soars in Middle East

Booze-free beer industry soars in Middle East

Fake booze market has become big business in Iran, Saudi Arabia, Egypt and the United Arab Emirates where alcohol is forbidden. Alcohol-free beer has become big business in the Middle East, where the predominantly young and fashionable set is turning to fake booze in their desire to be a part of the glamorized image of […]

• Armenia: A Pioneering Winery Brings Winemaking Back to its Roots

Armenia: A Pioneering Winery Brings Winemaking Back to its Roots

Oenophiles tend to classify wines into either coming from the “old world” — France, Spain, Italy and other European countries that have traditionally produced wine — and the “new world,” which includes upstarts such as the United States and Australia. Soon, though, we might need to come up with a new classification: the “ancient world,” […]

• Distillation 101: The Science Behind It

Distillation 101: The Science Behind It

I’m sure you’ve seen it — a contraption with tubes and coils and a boiler of some sort — whether in Hawkeye’s tent on “M*A*S*H” or Granny’s stove on “The Beverly Hillbillies.” They were stills (sometimes called “distills”) being used to make alcoholic spirits. While the science being used in those television programs was rather […]

• Electronic sniffing noses may the next big thing in brewing. Not to mention electronic tongues

Electronic sniffing noses may the next big thing in brewing. Not to mention electronic tongues

A review published in Trends in Food Science & Technology has identified brewing as a growing market for electronic nose technology. Brewers typically use trained experts to evaluate the aroma of beer and raw materials but an electronic nose that mimics the human one is being used more and more as a quality assessment tool. […]

• Venezuela Arm of U.S. Bottle Company is Nationalized

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez ordered the takeover of the local unit of U.S. glass bottle firm Owens-Illinois (OI.N) on Monday, part of a drive to nationalize large swathes of the food processing and distribution business. Since an election last month that left the socialist leader’s party with a reduced majority in parliament, he has nationalized […]