Local Beer Turns Deadly in Mozambique

by Ryan Hudak on Jan 19, 2015 in Culture
Local Beer Turns Deadly in Mozambique

Over the past number of years, we’ve come to know locally brewed beer as a vessel for good. Whether it’s creating jobs, expanding creativity or just getting a bunch of friends together at home or at a beer fest, we use our beer for a lot of great things—and we do love our local friends who are more than happy to keep producing it. It is a terrible thing, then, that in the African country of Mozambique, a batch of locally-brewed beer was used to poison people at a funeral, killing upwards of 70 and leaving over 160 others in the hospital.

While many are reporting the batch was tainted with crocodile bile, the internet’s favorite rumor-squasher, Snopes, references studies that say crocodile bile is not poisonous, so something else may be afoot. There have been no updates since, so no one yet knows what the offending agent is, but it is still disheartening that something we all love so much has been used for evil. Even the brewer herself was killed by the beer.

We all know what it’s like to enjoy a beer, and we also know how important it can be at a funeral—to have a few pints to toast the deceased, to tell stories over a round with friends and family, or to drown your sorrows. So be sure to raise your next glass to those folks in Africa who thought they were doing just that for their friend or family member who had died, who were all the while dying themselves. No one deserves that, especially over a glass of beer.

Photo via Flickr


Tags: Beer
Recent Articles
spacer

Feedback

How are we doing? Tell us what you like or don't like and how we can improve. We would love to hear your thoughts!

*Name:
*E-mail:
*Suggestions:
 
Buffalo Trace Just Celebrated Seven Million Barrels Since Prohibition

Buffalo Trace Just Celebrated Seven Million Barrels Since Prohibition

Buffalo Trace Distillery in Frankfort, Kentucky rolled out its seven millionth barrel of whiskey since Prohibi...read more ›

by Alexander Frane Apr 17, 2018
Ommegang & Game of Thrones' Latest Beer, Queen of the Seven Kingdoms, Will Hit Shelves in June

Ommegang & Game of Thrones' Latest Beer, Queen of the Seven Kingdoms, Will Hit Shelves in June

Ommegang & Game of Thrones are releasing the second beer in their Royal Reserve collection, which will roll ou...read more ›

by The Drink Nation Apr 12, 2018
SPONSORED
Drink Nation Store Rectangle
The Best Spots to Drink Rum in New York City

The Best Spots to Drink Rum in New York City

The best part about is a rum cocktail is that it instantly transports you to more tropical destinations with one sip. While you're waiting on some war...read more ›

by Hannah Warne Apr 10, 2018
Applebee's Is Bringing Back the Dollarita, For Some Reason

Applebee's Is Bringing Back the Dollarita, For Some Reason

Applebee's, purveyor of fine American dining and cocktails, is reinstituting its $1 margarita deal. ...read more ›

by Alexander Frane Apr 10, 2018
Aldi Makes Global Award Winning Gin for Less than $15

Aldi Makes Global Award Winning Gin for Less than $15

Aldi, a German supermarket chain, has won gold for their affordable gin at the International Spirts Challenge (ISC) for the second year in row....read more ›

by Jessie Donofrio Apr 10, 2018
Chipotle is Testing a New Frozen Cocktail

Chipotle is Testing a New Frozen Cocktail

Chipotle, the popular fast-casual Mexican chain, has begun to test a brand new boozy menu item - the frozen paloma margarita. ...read more ›

by Jessie Donofrio Apr 3, 2018
This English Pub Has Created a Gin In Honor of the Royal Wedding

This English Pub Has Created a Gin In Honor of the Royal Wedding

The Queen Charlotte Windsor and Oak Taverns Ltd have collaborated on Gin&'er Gin, a ginger, lime flower, and lemon peel infused gin in honor of nuptia...read more ›

by Alexander Frane Apr 3, 2018
Welcome Spring with These Seasonal Cocktails in New York City

Welcome Spring with These Seasonal Cocktails in New York City

Despite some suspect weather, spring is finally here in New York. Warmer temps, sunny skies and blooming buds are soon to come - it's time to celebrat...read more ›

by Hannah Warne Apr 2, 2018
Check Out These New Bars in New York City This Spring

Check Out These New Bars in New York City This Spring

This spring, there's a lot to look forward to and a lot of drinks to try with a range of new restaurants and bars across the city. These hot new cockt...read more ›

by Hannah Warne Mar 27, 2018
SPONSORED
Drink Nation Home Bar Project Rectangle
View all Articles

Sign up to get weekly drinking news, bar reviews, events and more sent directly to your inbox!

Close