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No Bikinis and Alcohol Allowed in This Year’s Djakarta Warehouse Project, City Officials Warn

This year’s Djakarta Warehouse Project (DWP), touted as one of the biggest electronic dance music festivals in Southeast Asia, may end up being different than it was...

Authorities Slam Halal Whiskey Photos on Social Media

Pictures of “halal whiskey” have gone viral online in Indonesia, following the Indonesian government’s decision to revoke the authority of the Indonesian Ulema...

Will Indonesia Run Dry?

For most of 2017, distributors of imported alcohol have been met quietly with resistance by various ministries and the government of licensing departments. The...

bootleg booze

NU Calls for Review as Bootleg Booze Thrives Among Jakarta Youths

A survey has found 65 percent of youths living in Jakarta and surrounding cities consume bootleg liquor, known as oplosan, raising questions about the wisdom of...

Illegal Alcohol

Police Crackdown on Illegal Alcohol Sales Ahead of Ramadan

Ahead of the start of Ramadan next week, police across Indonesia have launched sweeps cracking down on illegal alcohol sales and ensuring a pious beginning to the...

Indonesia’s Proposal to Ban Alcohol: What International Media are Saying

Indonesia is considering a national ban on the production, consumption and distribution of alcohol. The news came as a surprise to international media, which led to some...

The Perfect Brew: Primator in Indonesia

The Primator brewery was established in 1872 in the town of Náchod in the Eastern part of the Czech Republic. A relatively young brewery, Primator has an output of...

Indonesia May Turn on a Bootleg Alcohol Tap by Banning the Legal One

The House of Representatives is deliberating an alcohol prohibition bill. But concerns have been raised, and many believe the move would be counterproductive. A...

Surabaya to be the Second Alcohol-free City in Indonesia

Surabaya, the second-largest city in Indonesia, has approved a bylaw that forbids the production, consumption and distribution of alcoholic beverages, as the city’s...

I Heard it Through the Grapevine: Hatten Wines

  Hatten Wines is 100 percent Balinese and owned by a prominent Sanur family. In 1968, Ida Bagus Oka Gotama started Brem Bali, a company making rice wine, brem, and...

Veni, Vedi, Vino! I came, I saw, Wine!

A South Jakarta hotspot for oenophiles and foodies Tucked neatly away at the end of a long hall of cafes and restaurants at the open-air Cilandak Town Square (aka CITOS)...

Tax-Free Paradise: Lotte Duty Free Indonesia

Lotte Co., Ltd. is a multinational food, chemicals and shopping corporation, which is South Korea’s eighth largest business conglomerate. Their duty free division...

Booze Blues

The price of alcohol in Indonesia continues to soar into the stratosphere as new import duties are introduced.   I’ve been cajoled into penning a few tetchy...

Lifesaving Initiatives Against Methanol

Lifesaving Initiatives Against Methanol

With Christmas and New Year almost here, plenty of people will be taking the opportunity to engage in some festive drinking. If you’re holidaying anywhere in the...

Education Guide 2017

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