Local home-made beer a hit with residents

2018-07-06 06:01
PHOTO: siphelele nketoPeople enjoying home-made beer.

PHOTO: siphelele nketoPeople enjoying home-made beer.

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WHEN alcohol prices were going up most people were worried as they had to dig further into their pockets. However some people, like Mamkwena Ngubeni from Horseshoe, were not worried about rising alcohol prices, saying she spends less money to get drunk.

Ngubeni was found with his friends enjoying their home made beer at a local liquor shop in Horseshoe Township, which they believed was cheaper that other beers. They gave the home made beer different names “inkawu” and “fruit” because of its sweet flavour and the ability to get them in high spirits.

“I was spending R 20 to get one bottle of beer. After I found out about this home made beer I only spend about R 3 and R 6 per container. When alcohol prices go up, we are not bothered because the price for our beer remains the same,” said Ngubeni.

Some of the unusual ingredients put together to make the beer include pineapple, jungle oats, brown bread, brewers yeast and water.

“I mix my ingredients in a 20 litre container and then wait 48 hours, for it to ferment properly, before I sell it to my clients,” said a 46-year-old woman who manufactures the beer at her house.

She asked to remain anonymous because she feared being targeted.

She said her clients always enjoy the beer. “The beer does not make people sick however it is dangerous for people to drink it on an empty stomach.

“I also do not sell the beer to people with asthma or any diseases. Life comes first for my clients, I do not rush to get money,” she added.

Thembinkosi Mbotshwa, who was found drinking the beer, said he started drinking wine many years ago but, after he tasted the beer, he was converted.

He said they do not allow underage youth to drink the beer because they would end up quitting school.

“We drink responsibly and we do not upset anyone when we get drunk,” said Mbotshwa.

SAPS spokesperson Captain Dumisani Ncongo said police have no problem with people who drink the beer but the problem would start when they get violent or drink in public.

He advised people not to engage in drinking in public, nor to drive under the influence of alcohol, for their own safety.

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