The Shogun’s instruction to end a decades old tradition has prompted outrage from Thailand’s manufacturers of sanitary ware. A representative of the Siam Squatter Company told Private Tye that toilets made in Thailand are made from the finest vitreous china and are perfectly hygienic. He continued that, if Prayuth’s instructions were put into effect, sales would plummet.
The Thai Home-brewers Association complain that there is nothing wrong with a bit of urine in beer. They point out that back home in the UK, “Gilpin Family Whiskey” is made from urine. And, they say, everybody knows that the finest whiskey comes from the UK (Ed. Actually it comes from Scotland and Gilpin comes from England). James Gilpin, himself, was educated at the Royal College of Art and has taught at Chelsea College of Art. So, his work on the Whiskey brings a whole new meaning to the word “Piss-artist”.
As previously reported by Private Tye, the Shogun believes that Thai people should be healthy even if it kills them.
Thai New Year’s Day is not far off (Songkran, 13-15 April) and it is time to think about presents for people you love, people you admire and those people in government that have helped you out with your business. So what to buy? Private Tye thinks a bottle of Gilpin Family Whiskey would be ideal. Order now at http://jamesgilpin.com/ while stocks last.
The story from Khaosod (31 Jan):
BANGKOK — Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha used his podium at Government House on Tuesday afternoon to slam craft beer, saying rules forbidding making beer at home ensure hygiene and safety.
Long-brewing sentiments frothed into public consciousness last week when a man was arrested for making and selling from his Nonthaburi home, leading the junta chief to pour cold water on calls for more freedom in the market.
“There used to be a lot of moonshine going around. Could they control the quality, the hygiene, or the strength of it? Big breweries can but can small brewers?” Prayuth said.
That’s why the law only allows alcohol produced in factories by well-capitalized breweries, he said.
“You can’t just brew it in the back of a shop, in the back of your house, or in your toilet,” Prayuth said. “There have to be rules and regulations.”
Nonetheless, he said that he was not taking a side on the issue.
According to the 1950 Liquor Act, booze can only be made in a proper factory or brewpub. A 2000 Finance Ministry regulation said brewers must produce over 100,000 liters per year and be a limited company with at least 10 million baht in capital to gain legal status.