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According to the Global Times, authorities in Beijing’s Chaoyang District, tipped off by the International Federation of Spirits and Producers, found four locals refilling foreign beer and liquor bottles hoping to make an extra buck with help of a foreign label.
“Sounds coming from behind a large cabinet drew the officers’ attention. Moving the cabinet away, they found a narrow hole in the wall leading to another courtyard, where three women and a man were filling empty Heineken, Budweiser and Carlsberg bottles with local Beijing Beer.”
In total, officers found more than 11,800 labels for foreign liquor, 1,000 kilograms of baijiu in a tank and another 160 filled bottles of spirits.
“Usually, producers will hire a bartender to adjust the local alcohol’s color and taste to make fake foreign liquor,” Guo said, adding, “This alcohol was not so bad as to kill people.”
For those who don’t know, Chaoyang district is home to Sanlitun, Beijing’s nightlife center. But those of us here in Shanghai should probably be just as wary – it’d explain why the Carlsberg in some bars taste different. A reason to just stick to Tsingtao, we guess… though wait a minute… that can be faked too.
By Fotini Gan