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Trouble in the Tropics

Beverage News


Indonesia may not sound like a big tourists location to do a little partying, but these days that is starting to change. Locations like Bali and Jakarta have become major tourist destinations. Tourism and changes in Indonesian culture have lead to the increase of alcohol consumption throughout the country.

The increase in alcohol consumption has lead to the increase in black market alcohol distribution… Surprise! In response to this the Indonesian government has taken action with an anti-corruption drive in order to eliminate all black market distribution. What do they have to show for this cleansing?

Indonesia now has only one distributor of alcohol…FAIL! And, this one distributor cannot supply enough product to meet the market demand for alcohol…EPIC FAIL! If you are planning on heading to Bali anytime soon, and you like to consume a little fine beverage here and there, you might want to bring an extra bag. Chances are you might not be able to get your hands on your favorite spirit if you don’t bring your own. I bet those in the tourist industry are missing their black market buddies when they are looking at their profit margins slipping.


  1. JJ Bagley | Thursday, December 18, 2008

    Yikes, what kink of forethought does it take to see that one distributor won’t be enough. Also how do they justify selling alcohol at all when the country is about 88% muslim, doesn’t that go against the basic tenants of the religion.

  2. TJ McNastry | Thursday, December 18, 2008

    I blame globalization, modernization and the introduction of western thought as an explanation for the increase in alcohol consumption amoung the indonesian people

  3. Brian | Thursday, December 18, 2008

    Even in countries that are predominately muslim such as Iraq, there are still christian areas where alcohol can be found.

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