Fresh brew: Goa’s Feni to sport ‘Heritage Spirit’ tag

The move is expected to open up markets for Feni across the country.

By: PTI | Panaji | Updated: April 28, 2016 6:47 pm
feni, feni heritage spirit, goan feni, feni facts, goan spirit, The Feni distilling industry has been demanding removal of the country liquor tag as the brew has already won the Geographical Indication recognition. (Source: Thinkstock Images)

Goa’s Feni is all set to go places as the state government gets ready to amend the four-decade old Excise Act to give the traditional brew a ‘Heritage Spirit’ tag.

“The state government will move an amendment to the Goa Excise Duty Act, 1964, which will save Feni from being tagged as country liquor and instead would be classified as Heritage Spirit,” Commissioner of Excise, Goa, Menino D’Souza said. The amendment is likely to be moved during the upcoming monsoon session of the Goa Assembly scheduled for July.

The move is expected to open up markets for Feni across the country.

feni bottles_759_Victoria Imeson-flickr Feni miniature bottles in Goa. (Source: Victoria Imeson/Flickr)

The Feni distilling industry has been demanding removal of the country liquor tag as the brew has already won the Geographical Indication recognition. Goa Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar recently announced the decision to accord Feni the status of a Heritage Spirit. “We want to place Feni alongside tequila and scotch, which was once the country liquor,” D’Souza added.

Feni marketing has hit a roadblock due to the country liquor label as its sale is not allowed in any other state except Daman.

 

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