Brazilian rum or cachaça

In the United States cachaça is sold as Brazilian rum.  In fact, cachaça and (Caribbean) rum are different alcoholic drinks.  While rum is made from molasses, cachaça is made directly from sugarcane juice. Virtuoso Life, March/April 2010, offers a brief account of cachaça.  It began as a drink for slaves, but now is the most popular alcoholic beverage in Brazil where it is the basis for caipirinha, the national cocktail. The magazine points out that cachaça is the world's third largest-selling spirit.  It also will be a surprise to most of us that number one is Korea's soju, traditionally made from rice (and now made from all sorts of things).  Not surprising is that number two is vodka, the basis for most Euro-American cocktails in our post-gin era.

Posted by David Fahey on July 10, 2010 at 11:30 AM in Brazil, Rum | Permalink

Books from WHO and PAHO on Alcohol and Harm

Unhappy Hours: Alcohol and Partner Aggression in the Americas, by (Editors) Kahryn Graham; Sharon Bernards; Myriam Munne; Sharon Wilsnack, June, 2009, The Pan American Health Organization, "brings to light evidence of alcohol's impact on partner aggression from 10 countries in the Americas (Argentina, Belize, Brazil, Canada, Costa Rica, Mexico, Nicaragua, Peru, Uruguay, and the United States)"

Alcohol and Injuries, Emergency Department Studies in an International Perspective, May, 2010,
The World Health Organization "synthesizes the results of studies from a number of hospital emergency departments conducted in different cultural settings, including the World Health Organization s Collaborative Study on Alcohol and Injuries."

Posted by Dave Trippel on March 20, 2010 at 12:05 AM in Alcohol (general), Argentina, Belize, Brazil, Canada, Costa Rica, Mexico, Nicaragua, Peru, United States, Uruguay | Permalink

Alcohol, native peoples, and missionaries in early colonial Brazil (article)

Joao Azevedo Fernandes, "Feast and Sin: Catholic Missionaries and Native Celebrations in Early Colonial Brazil," Social History of Alcohol and Drugs 23/2 (Spring 2009): 111-127.

Posted by David Fahey on July 28, 2009 at 06:15 PM in Alcohol (general), Brazil, Religion | Permalink

Latin American theme for Social History of Alcohol and Drugs (Spring 2009)

The Social History of Alcohol and Drugs 23/2 (Spring 2009) focuses on Latin America with articles on Brazil, the Andean countries, and Mexico.  The book reviews cover many parts of the world. Details later.

Posted by David Fahey on July 13, 2009 at 05:26 PM in Alcohol (general), Brazil, Drugs (general), Latin America, Mexico | Permalink

7 New Emerging Wine Regions

Global warming is partly responsible for emerging grape growing regions according to an article by Simon Majumdar at - here is the link.

Posted by Dave Trippel on June 3, 2009 at 12:01 AM in Alcohol (miscellaneous), Brazil, Britain, Canada, Greece, Romania, Switzerland, Ukraine, Wine | Permalink

Ecstasy and Brazilian teenagers

Brazilian police have reacted harshly against a new kind of drug-dealer, middle and upper-class youths peddling ecstasy.  For the New York Times story, see here.

Posted by David Fahey on February 14, 2009 at 03:26 PM in Brazil, Ecstasy | Permalink

Brazil's 2009 coffee crop to decline up to 20%

Bad weather and limited investment may reduce Brazil's coffee crop in 2009 to fall by up to 20%.  For details, see here.

Posted by David Fahey on January 8, 2009 at 01:25 PM in Brazil, Coffee | Permalink

Brazilians drinking more coffee

Brazil is known as a coffee producer.  It also is a major coffee consumer.  It is estimated that by 2010 Brazil will consume as much coffee as the USA (now the world's largest coffee market).  For more, see here.  Brazilian per capita consumption is much larger than that in the USA.  Brazil's population is less than two-thirds that of the United States.

Posted by David Fahey on December 26, 2008 at 11:05 AM in Brazil, Coffee, United States | Permalink

Beer-loving Brazilians adapt to strict drunk-driving laws

In June 2008 Brazil adopted strict drunk-driving laws, but it is unclear whether they have changed the behavior of beer-loving Brazilians.  For more, see here.

Posted by David Fahey on December 23, 2008 at 10:33 PM in Alcohol (general), Brazil | Permalink

Chinese beer brand called Snow now the world's second largest by volume

The leading beer brands by volume are:

Bud Light (USA/InBev)
Snow (China)
Budweiser (USA/InBev)
Skol (Brazil)
Corona (Mexico)
Heineken (Netherlands)
Brahma (Brazil/InBev)
Coors Light (USA/owned by a Canadianfirm)
Miller Lite (USA/owned by SABMiller, based in London)
Tsingtao (China)

The largest beer markets are China, USA, Russia, Brazil, and Germany.

For more, see here.

Posted by David Fahey on November 6, 2008 at 06:48 PM in Beer, Brazil, Brewing , Cameroon, Canada, China, Mexico, Netherlands | Permalink