It was driven mainly by new brands such as Tusker Cider, Serengeti Lite, Uganda Waragi
Coconut and Chrome Vodka.
One or two of them were already sipping from small plastic sachets of Chief waragi
, a cheap, strong and popular local brand of gin.
The staple food, mashed green bananas, also turned into beer if left in a dugout with a bit of yeast or if left longer, could become waragi
, a kind of tropical vodka.
He said EABL has been operating a business model in the country where it delivers brands like Guinness, Pilsner and Uganda Waragi
to build small medium enterprises.
These were men who went with local women and drank waragi
[local banana gin'.
Different types of rnatooke are variously steamed, boiled, fried, roasted, mashed and stewed, while kayinga are squeezed to make a sweet juice, fermented to make beer and distilled to make a spirit, waragi
5m tons of bananas that Uganda produces annually is consumed domestically in the form of the staple cooking banana, matoke; the edible bugoya fruit banana or fermented as waragi
(commonly known as 'kill me quick"), the popular and potent local liquor.
We share waragi
, the locally distilled banana liquor, and colorful anecdotes for nearly two hours.
I was drinking Waragi
in Zac's room when Peter came in one evening.
For those who want a nip of something stronger but still cheap, there is 'crude' waragi
, a moonshine made in slums and villages specializing in its distillation and smuggled by bus and car all over Uganda and even into Congo.
Among the merchandise destroyed was large quanities of Ugandan Waragi
, otherwise known an B-52, a strong gin illegally imported from south Sudan's neighbor.
The Uganda Waragi
factory was taken over by International Distillers and Vintners, and the Konyagi factory in Tanzania became part of the SAB group.