The new Goa museum is dedicated to feni
Museum owner and local entrepreneur Nandan Kudchadkar says they don’t promote the habit of consuming alcohol
Panaji: Feni bottles from the 1950s, glassware used to serve the drink, old wooden dispensers and measuring devices are eye-catching on a visit to the one-of-a-kind museum dedicated to the art of brewing. Cashew liqueur in Goa.
Museum owner and local entrepreneur Nandan Kudchadkar says they don’t promote the habit of consuming alcohol, but the gallery was established to showcase the unique and rich heritage of feni brewing in the coastal state.
He claims that this is the first museum in the world dedicated to the history of alcohol brewing.
The “Alcohol Museum”, housed in a 1,300 square foot area on a busy lane connecting the tourist center of Sinquerim and Candolim in the North Goa beach belt, about 10 km from Panaji, offers a overview of the past and present of the famous infuse the “feni”, made from cashew apples. On display in four rooms inside the museum are various old mud pots, 16th century measuring equipment that were used while serving the feni, an old wooden shot dispenser, a “garv” ( scale) used to measure the potency of Feni and a rare crystal Australian beer glass from Russia.
It also exhibits glassware collected from around the world, chalices, snifters, tilted wine glasses, the world’s tallest shot glass from Poland and other artifacts.
The museum also has a cellar, where bottles of cashew and coconut feni dating from the 1950s are lined up.
“The museum is located on a busy street, where I could have made money from any of my other businesses. But I thought about setting up this project here because I wanted to showcase our rich legacy to visitors, ”Kudchadkar told PTI.
He also said that through the gallery, they do not encourage people to consume alcohol.
“We don’t promote the habit of drinking, but we support responsible drinking,” he said.
The museum displays various antiques that were used to make feni in ancient times.
Kudchadkar remembers how he developed a passion for collecting such antiques almost three decades ago when he used to visit people with his father.
“Before, I was pained to see how people threw antiques. I started collecting them. At first, they made fun of me by calling me a junkyard, but I continued to collect antiques,” he said. he declared.
Of the four rooms in the museum, one is devoted to other items related to Goan culinary culture, including old stoves, spoons, mortars and pestles, grinders and graters.
Kudchadkar also has a collection of petromax lanterns, which were used to illuminate taverns in Portuguese times.
The businessman says the museum is not a lucrative business for him, but “a tribute to my homeland”.