Guwahati : Get ready to say cheers! Assamese brews to get a complete makeover and may soon reach each and every market of the country.
The state based popular rice brews of Assam are all set to get a makeover and hit the markets in new avatars by the end of this year.
Assam’s traditional liquors, which are traditionally brewed in the homes of the tribal and indigenous communities of
Assam, are now being manufactured in state-of-the-art facilities which will soon undergo modern packaging techniques and brewing style before hitting the market.
The traditional rice brew is not just an alcohol but is also part of social and traditional rituals used in various customs in the households of the indigenous communities of the state.
Xaj Pani of the Ahom and Tiwa communities and Judima of the Dimasa tribe of the state of Assam are the two most commonly brewed drinks in the state which will be available in the markets by the year end.
It may be mentioned that the research to standardize these liquor started nearly a decade ago at the Jorhat-based Assam Agricultural University (AAU). On the other hand, the Assam, government has decided to promote the heritage alcoholic beverages. The state government also amended the excise policy last year for commercial production.
In Assam each tribe has heir unique liquor recipe. The liquor is brewed by mixing the rice with herbs and spices which is then fermented for several days. Apart from Judima and Xaj Pani, the Karbis have their Hor Alank, Jou Bishi of the Bodos, Sai Apong of the Mishings, Lao Pani of the Lalungs or Photika of the Kacharis.