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January 2003. VOL.3 ISSUE 1
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OVER QUANTITY: A TAIWAN MICROBREWERY
By Steven Crook
has long been part of the drinking scene in North America and Europe.
Now that the government¡¦s monopoly on alcohol is being dismantled,
and the industry liberalized in line with WTO requirements, microbrewers
in Taiwan are taking their first tentative steps.
Taiwan Microbrewing Company (TMBC), which began making beer six
months ago, is one of only two microbreweries in Taiwan. Ted Miller,
a native of Indiana with almost 14 years¡¦ beer making experience,
is one of the master brewers behind TMBC.
who has been working in Taiwan since December 1999, says:
¡§It¡¦s a pretty exciting time. It¡¦s the beginning of the
industry.¡¨ In the US and the UK, he notes, small, independent
craft brewers are thriving, even though beer sales as a whole
have declined. Consumers are now ¡§drinking less, but better¡¨
beer. Taiwan could well follow the same path, he thinks.
currently produces two beers ¡V a golden ale and a honey ale.
Miller describes them as ¡§light, and not bitter,¡¨ and emphasizes
that they are malt-based. This makes them flavorful, but more
expensive to produce than lagers, which are often based on
corn and rice.
beers are currently only available on draft at ¡V among other places
¡V Willy¡¦s Second Base Bar & Grill in Tainan, and several Chinese
restaurants in Kaohsiung.
April or May this year TMBC will launch its first bottled product
¡V a barley wine containing around 8 percent alcohol.
information about TMBC and their products can be found at www.tmbc.com.tw.