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#488257 03/19/14 05:47 AM
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How Belikin Beer Is Made

Belikin has a cool animated video out that shows the stages of beer making. They really did a great job explaining the process, and the shape of it all really fits. Well done, Belikin, well done.

"Take an animated trip on how the beer of Belize, Belikin, is made. Belikin is the only beer sold in Belize that uses 100% Barley Malt and no fillers thereby producing a higher quality of beer. Belikin, the beer of Belize."

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Belikin beer is the national beer of Belize and the "only beer worth drinking" says the Belize Brewing Company which produces the beer.

The company has been brewing Belikin Beer and Belikin Stout since 1971 and its tagline is "the beer of Belize".

The name "Belikin" comes from the Maya language and means "Road to the East" and is a term which some people have suggested is the origin of the name of Belize even though the most accepted derivation says the name comes from the Belize River.

The label of the beer features the Maya site of Altun Ha which is located 31 miles north of Belize City on the Old Northern Highway.

Check out this video that depicts the Belizean lifestyle with Belikin, the beer of Belize:


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Do we have a beer emergency in Belize?

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Belikin Livin It Up Video

Belikin has released a new video entitled 'Livin It Up.' Once again, it has a little bit of most districts in it.

"Whether a game of pool, a rice and beans stand, with friends at the sandbar hanging out, a domino game or cooking up some barbecue, it is always a great time with Belikin, the beer of Belize."

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We present to you Belikin Chocolate Stout, made with organic cacao from the farms of Toledo, Belize. We don't use fillers or shortcuts and we don't compromise our brewing. We only produce the best for The Beer of Belize.

3 Seasonal Beers of Belikin Beer Worth Trying

Drinking In Belize: The Country's Rum Industry

Aside from the popular Belikin Beer, Belize also offers a good rum. The nation is part of Central America but its coast is on the Caribbean Sea, so rum is entrenched in its alcohol habits ever since. It is not that it just your eyes everywhere like the Jamaica, but you will easily find and buy it, and at very economical prices.

The Belize rum market today is controlled by Travellers, a company that Mr. Omario Perdomo started midcentury with a bar of imported beverages for travelers in the center of the former capital, Belize City. Those times were also when the sugar cane industry sky ascended, so a lot of Belizeans decided to begin doing their own distillates. Mr. Omario Perdomo of Travellers Bar was no different, deciding to homemake his own rums. Travelers Rum was born and they now have over 20 products in their line, including vodka and bitters, that are massively distribute around the country.

Surprisingly, the best rum seller in Belize does not belong Travellers, but the next family that holds the spirits industry in Belize: the Cuello Liquors. It is called Caribbean Gold. They possess a success formula of creating very mellow gold rum than anyone can drink neat or mixed, as it is much smoother than any white rum correlative. Likewise, it is almost as cheap as water. This group owns the other two major distilleries if the country, Cuello and L&R, and are both located close to Orange Walk Town. They are two separate companies as the brothers split their affairs in the past. Because they do not produce for most of the year, tours are not readily possible.

On the other hand, Travellers is more established and even ready for tourism as they organize tours for the cruise ships. They do not do official visits to the distillery unless you are a professional on the subject. However, they do possess a small Rum Museum close to the warehouse where they do the aging and bottling system. The tour is interesting in terms of history of the company and rum in general in Belize, and you can easily taste the company's line of products, which is something in which you should do on a full stomach. But then, again, you will not have much accessibility to the distillation process itself.

Throughout the visit, one thing that you might notice in Travellers that you might not have heard about it being done is manually reprocessing used bottles. It is an admirable action and might not be profitable the way it is done, but this is the company's way of giving back to the community and the environment. In other place, it will sound like green marketing rubbish, but being done so manually and effectively like it is done now; it will feel like it is for the perfect cause.

On your next tour to Belize, do not just settle with the Belikin Beer as your end-of-the-day refreshment; you might also intend to consider enjoying a swig of Belize's rum, whether it is from Travellers, Cuello Liquors, or any other distillates.

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Belikin Chocolate Stout (initial thoughts and review)

Belikin Chocolate Stout gets a ***** 5 Star rating

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Belikin Ad - Heritage

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Santa's Sipping Sorrel Stout

Sorrel Stout is back out, and Belikin has released a humorous video for the occasion. The only sorrel stout in the world, and it's in the coolers now.

In related news, the 2016 Calendar Launch Party is Saturday in Belize.

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The Beer Diaries World Tour: Belize - Belikin

The Beer Diaries is proud to present The Beer Diaries World Tour: Belize, a series dedicated to using beer as an introduction to history, culture and the geo-political state of countries around the world.

In this episode, we travel with host Mike Mann and his team back to the mainland, exploring the reputation of Belikin Beer and its iron-fisted business tactics that pushed Charger Beer, a Matus Brothers Brewery, out of the Belize beer market. In addition, Mike speaks with Shelly Bowen-Stonesifer, Head of Marketing for Bowen and Bowen/Belikin, about renewing a relationship with the people of Belize, in search of their continued loyalty to the brand. Ultimately, Mike chats with the first Belizean Brewmaster, Nolan Michael, about enhancing the brand and job force in the country of Belize.

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Belikin'S 50th Anniversary this Month

Belikin, From Humble Beginnings To A Thoroughly Modern Brewery

Belikin Beer is celebrating its 50th anniversary this month.

But the actual start date for the brewery was?May 29th, 1969, when Eric?Bowen and his son Barry founded Belize Brewing Company.

And while it is the flagship beer of Belize now - when it started it was far from that. It was a venture built on second hand equipment which many said would fail.

Fast forward to the 2000's when Belize Brewing was modernized as a state of the art brewery - on par with European breweries. In 2009 our now deceased colleague Keith Swift visited and here's what he saw:

Few things can compare to a cold beer after a hard day's work. But when you grab that cold beer or stout – have you ever stopped to think where it came from, who made it, and what's in it? Well we did and that's why tonight "7 On The Inside" is going to take you inside the Belize Brewing Company in Ladyville. That's where the Bowen family began brewing Belikin Beer in 1971. Since then the operation has expanded and today in a $50 million state of the art factory – the company brews and bottles Belikin Beer, Belikin Stout, Premium Beer and Guinness Stout. Keith Swift has the story from the inside.

Keith Swift Reporting,
You wouldn't know it by looking at them, but these aromatic green capsules are the most important ingredient in a bottle of beer. They are compressed pellets of the flowering plant known as hops.

Enrique Szekely, Brew Master
"Hops play a very important role in the taste of the beer and in the aroma of the beer. The more hops you have, the more bitterness you have in the beer. The less hops you have, the less bitterness you have in a beer.

The grains they come from Canada and this is one of the main ingredients. Of course it is like we told you earlier it is hops, it is malt, water, and yeast. And this makes, the grains of malt, once we mix this grain with water after having crushed them or milled them, we will obtain a very sweet liquid."

Brewing of the beer starts in these large vessels where the hops, Canadian malt, yeast and water are slowly churned and cooked for 90 minutes.

Keith Swift,
So it is the water, the malt, the hops, and it is mixed together.

Enrique Szekely,
"Every part of it has a process. So first you will mill the malt, you will mix it with water, then you will separate the solids from the liquid and then you boil it, add the hops, cool it down, and then inject the yeast to the cold water."

The entire process is completely managed and monitored by a computer system which tells this operator what's happening in every part of the plant. It controls an intricate and complex process with it seems an infinite number of gauges, valves and joints. And to keep it all in check, they used to require 25 employees; now they just need one person to monitor it.

Carlos Turcios, Assistant Brew Master
"One operator controls the entire processing area which is the brew house, fermentation, storaging and filtration and we have rotation of shifts every eight hours."

Keith Swift,
He and she just sits there and they can just see the entire process, they can just monitor it from that?

Carlos Turcios,
"Yes that is right because all the recipes are in the database. Any fault, we have an emergency and it will be indicated. It will tell you exactly where it is, what caused the problem, and what is causing the delay. So it is easy."

The brew is fermented for 7 days in these giant tanks located in the cellar. There are 18 of them - – each capable of storing brew amounting to 10,000 cases of beer. Fermentation is followed by storage for an additional 14 days.

Carlos Turcios,
"After fermentation has been completed we put on the cooling on the vessels where we will have the yeast settle at the bottom, remove the yeast, select the yeast that we are going to use for a next cycle and go into storage for a minimum of fourteen days."

Keith Swift,
So from the moment you put the yeast, the malt, and the hops together how long is it before that beer is ready for the market?

Carlos Turcios,
"Like I told in total a minimum of 21 days which is 7 days fermenting, 14 days in storage and we go from there to bottling."

But before bottling – the brew is put through a thorough filtration process – also in the cellar. It too is electronically controlled to remove any remaining sediments from the brew – which as you can see in this exposed pipe is still turbid. Today they were filtering beer, but bottling stout – and that's the dark lustrous liquid in the pipe.

From here, the vast network of pipes transport the beer next door to the bottling plant – the most labour intensive stage of production. Today they were bottling stout. The plant is capable of filling 425 bottles per minute.

Dwayne Murillo is on the frontline of bottling as everyday – or every minute as the case may be - he loads crates of empties onto the conveyor belt. His job may be the hardest one at the plant – and I know because I tried it. It was hard for me but easy for Murillo.

Dwayne Murillo, Employee
"My job is to help load the pallets and just take it off and so."

Keith Swift,
How many crates do you move a day?

Dwayne Murillo,
"Sometime fourteen, sometime fifteen pallets. This is not hard, it is not hard. If you put your mind against it will be hard for you."

From Murillo the bottles travel along the conveyor belt where napkins and lots of straws are removed. It then undergoes a thorough cleaning process where mud and other dirt are scrubbed out in a massive washer. The pints go in dirty and they come out clean. Workers then manually check the bottles for any remaining dirt and then they are filled – again 425 bottles per minute. They are rapidly sealed, washed again, and then heated to 158 degrees – a process called pasteurization. That is to kill all remaining bacteria which prolongs its shelf life to six months.

They are then corralled into groups of 72 and put into crates for delivery to a store or a bar near you. But before it reaches the stores – the beer and stout has to pass through the lab. Daniel Vasquez checks for bacteria.

Daniel Vasquez, Micro-Biology Lab Technician
"What we do right here is check that the product is clean of beer spoiling bacteria and if there is any bacteria that could damage the beer, there are measures taken and so it is very important."

Next door Claro Blanco probably has a dream job – every day she along with a panel of experts judge beer and stouts for consistency, aroma, and flavour.

Claro Blanco, Laboratory Technician
"We do a routine analysis for all the bottling that takes place everyday. Here we have the set up of a tasting panel which is carried out on a routine basis everyday. We do taste testing with the brew master, the assistant, and a weekly tasting panel with Mr. Kevin Bowen. Actually everyday when there is bottling, we do analysis three times. We do this routine that we have the list, we do it three times to make sure that everything is under control and that everything is good quality. Lots of people envy me because I work at the brewery and they would want to taste a beer everyday and we have the luxury of doing that but professionally."

And since I was there – I did a taste test of my own. The Brewery's General Manager Kevin Bowen says their state of the art factory and quality assurance are all part of a world class operations.

Kevin Bowen, General Manager
"I am pretty proud that we have a bloody good company that everyone should be proud of as a Belizean."

Brewery Engineer,
"I think you had a chance to go around the brewery and the brew house is actually very comparable to technology in Western Europe where a lot of the work we do actually started."

Kevin Bowen,
"Our product, what separates it from other products in this Western Hemisphere is the high percentage of malt that we use. The other products from our big neighbour to the north Mexico use a very low percentage of malt and they use the balance of rice. In Germany, they use 100% malt because of their purity law. We're very close to that. No one else can say that in this part of the Western Hemisphere."

Keith Swift,
And the difference that makes is?

Kevin Bowen,
"The taste; it doesn't taste like water, it tastes like beer."

Carlos Turcios,
"People think making beer is like making kool-aid with sugar and water and it is not so. You come here and you see the cleanliness, the raw materials we use – it is so amazing and I have been to different breweries in the world and I was shocked when this brewery was put up because I'd been working with the old brewery where I contributed a lot with the hard labour work and coming here, it is so easy. My days go easy without a sweat."

So the next time you drink a beer – think of the work that went into it: it is definitely both an art and a strictly controlled science.

8,000 cases of beer are bottled a day. Belize Brewing Company has 95 employees. That is 30 less than it had before the new factory was built. A new bottling facility should be installed in two years and that too should be fully automated.

As always, alcohol is for adults only and should be consumed responsibly and in moderation.

Since that story first aired in 2009, the company has throughly modernized its bottling operation - bringing it up to par with the brewery.

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