There is joy in Malawi beer halls or shebeens following the lifting of a suspension order by Malawi Bureau of Standards (MBS) on production and distribution of Chibuku opaque beer from the Lilongwe brewery has been lifted and Chibuku Products Limited (CPL) are back in business.
MBS Director General Davlin Chokazinga confirmed to the local press that following verification audits its inspectors conducted last week the suspension has been lifted.
“I can confirm that CPL Lilongwe plant is back in business,” said Chokazinga whose MBS sealed CPL’s Lilongwe plant over failure to comply with expected hygiene standards.
According to Chokazinga, all the concerns that led to the closure CPL Lilongwe plant have been resolved at the moment.
Chibuku, an opaque beer based on a traditional African recipe using maize is aimed at tapping into the growing lower-income consumer base.
Although defined as a beer, Chibuku is a very different proposition from “clear” or European-style brews.
Many aficionados of the beverage consider Chibuku — also known as “Shake-shake” — to be as much a food as a drink, one that’s meant to be eaten (not slopped) as well as imbibed.
Chibuku name is an African corruption of the phrase “by the book” .