India’s very first alcohol museum knocked on the doors of the country’s unofficial capital, Goa, as a Goan businessman and collector decided to educate travelers on the history and significance of the unique culture of the coastal state. The “All About Alcohol” museum has opened in Goa’s Candolim, the popular tourist destination for its locally distilled “feni” drink – made from coconut or cashew nuts – and is dedicated to the state’s rich heritage. .
The one-of-a-kind Candolim museum displays a wide variety of century-old bottles of the Feni alcoholic drink dating back to the 1950s, glassware, old wooden dispensers and measuring equipment to enlighten tourists on the little-known history behind the popular local drinks.
“The aim of establishing the museum was to make the world aware of Goa’s rich heritage, in particular the history of feni, the strong local drink,” said Nandan Kudchadkar, founder of the “All About Alcohol” museum, at the time. an interview with the ANI press agency. . A businessman by profession, Kudchadkar is a passionate collector of antiques and also owner of the LPK Club in Candolim.
Kudchadkar said they don’t promote the habit of consuming alcohol, but the gallery was established to showcase the unique and rich heritage of feni brewing in the coastal state.
âIn 2016, the government declared feni as the ‘heritage drink’ (of the state). This is important because many cultures have adopted their cultural brew like champagne and vodka, âsaid Armando Duarte, CEO of the Alcohol Museum.
The museum is located on a busy road connecting the tourist center of Sinquerim and Candolim in the North Goa beach belt, about 10 km from Panaji.
The museum can be spotted by its sign at the entrance that reads âAll About Alcoholâ. On display in four rooms inside the museum are various old mud pots, 16th century measuring equipment that were used while serving the feni, an old wooden shot dispenser, a ‘garv’ ( scale) used to measure the potency of Feni and a rare crystal Australian beer glass from Russia.
The museum is open to visitors from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m.