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After many ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ‘successful and triumphant world ๐ŸŒŽ tours in ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ผ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฝ๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ต to promote the 888 Lucky Beer ๐Ÿป of Washington DC, many people who are craft beers ๐Ÿป lovers โค๏ธ around the world said: "888 is a beautiful beer and the best IPA craft beer ever".

๐ŸŒŽ๐ŸŒ๐ŸŒ | China  ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ณ Taiwan ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ผ Japan ๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ต   

๐ŸŒŽ๐ŸŒ๐ŸŒUnited Kingdom ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง Sweden ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช  Germany ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช      

๐ŸŒŽ๐ŸŒ๐ŸŒ | Haiti  ๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡น Mexico ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฝ Venezuela ๐Ÿ‡ป๐Ÿ‡ช  Ecuador ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡จ  Bolivia ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ด  Peru ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ช Colombia ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ด Costa Rica ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ท

๐ŸŒŽ๐ŸŒ๐ŸŒ Angola๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ด  Benin๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ฏ  BurkinaFaso๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ซ  Cameroon๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฒ  Chad๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ฉ  Congo Brazzaville๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฉEquatorialGuinea๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ณ  Gabon๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ฆ  Gambia๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ฒ  Ghana๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ญCôte d'Ivoire/Ivory Coast๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฎ Liberia๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡ท  Mali๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฑ  Mozambique๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฟ  Namibia๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฆ  Niger๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ช  Nigeria๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฌ  Senegal๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ณ  SouthAfrica๐Ÿ‡ฟ๐Ÿ‡ฆ  Togo๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ฌ Democratic Republic Congo๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฌ

 

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Open Letter to President, the First Lady, the Great People of Benin and the Continent of Africa

Flag of Benin and Washington DC 888 Craft Beers

After many ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ‘successful and triumphant world ๐ŸŒŽ tours in ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ผ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฝ๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ต to promote the 888 Lucky Beer ๐Ÿป of Washington DC, many people who are craft beers ๐Ÿป lovers โค๏ธ around the world said: "888 is a beautiful beer and the best IPA craft beer ever".

The early history of Africa came before the four ancients recorded history of Indus, Mesopotamia, Egypt and China. 

The fossil record from Africa shows Homo sapiens living in southern and eastern Africa at least 100,000 and possibly 150,000 years ago. Around 40,000 years ago, their expansion out of Africa which launched the colonization of our planet by modern human-beings did not come about in 8 seconds, 8 minutes or 8 hours or 888.

According to DNA evidences and from documented slave trade as well as cultural retention in Haiti, my ancestors are found in Africa in modern day:

1. Angola

2. Benin

3. Burkina Faso

4. Cameroon

5. Chad

6. Congo (Congo-Brazzaville)

7. Equatorial Guinea

8. Gabon

9. Gambia

10. Ghana

11. Ivory Coast

12. Liberia

13. Mali

14. Mozambique

15. Namibia

16. Niger

17. Nigeria

18. Senegal

19. South Africa

20. Togo

21. Zaire (Democratic Republic of the Congo)

 

As an African descent whose ancestors were sold into slavery in the 18th and 19th centuries and were brought to Saint-Domingue or modern day Haiti to work on the plantations by the French, I am honored and excited to go back to the Mother Land of Africa to launch the first-ever American 888 Lucky Craft Beer Tours of 21 countries in Africa where the lineages of my ancestors have been identified.

Date of travel: To be determined

Location: To be determined

 

In retrospect, as a child growing up in Haiti, I was always intrigued and fascinated by the Chinese culture and especially Kung Fu movies. 

Hence, in February of 2015, I visited the beautiful country of China and spent a month in Chongqing. It was a dream that materialized just like a movie. The Chinese people were very friendly, hospitable, left a profound joy and admiration in my heart. 

After experiencing the social lifestyle and the tradition of cheers, "ganbei" or ๅนฒๆฏ in China, upon my return in the United States of America (USA), I was inspired to start a craft beer company from a recipe I developed as a homebrewer.

The style of beer that I developed is the American version of the British India Pale Ale or IPA. The IPA style is known for its strong hop character, dates to the 1800s and is the fastest-growing and best-selling style of craft beer in USA. 

In memory and in reciprocity of the warm and heartfelt welcome that I received from the Great People of China, I would like to offer the following toasts:

 

I. First Toast or ๅนฒๆฏ

Mr. President, First Lady and the Great People of Benin, please allow me to offer you an imaginary first toast or ๅนฒๆฏ of our 888 Lucky IPA Beer by raising my glass up but much lower than all of yours to wish you Luck, Wealth and Prosperity. 

 

II. Second Toast or ๅนฒๆฏ

It will be a great honor to personally offer a second toast or ๅนฒๆฏ during my first visit to your country to introduce the first-ever American 888 Lucky IPA craft beer in Africa.

 

III. Third Toast or ๅนฒๆฏ

I am offering a third toast to the Great People of Benin because I am certain that you will like, the 888 Lucky IPA named Best Tasting Beer in New York, USA and 888 Pilsner whose recipe won Gold in Maryland, USA, Made in Washington DC USA by a descendant of your ancestors.

Wasington DC 888 Lucky IPA and 888 Pilsner

 

IV. Fourth Toast or ๅนฒๆฏ 

According to a Chinese proverb: "Hearing a hundred times is not as good as seeing once."

I am excited and cannot wait to visit and see with my own eyes the countries of my ancestors, greet and meet many of my brothers and sisters from the Mother Land of Africa which will be far better than ten thousand words can ever express. 

Therefore, please allow me to offer you one last Toast or ๅนฒๆฏ, Mr. President, the First Lady, the Great People of Benin and the continent of Africa, I wish you once more, many years of Luck, Wealth and Prosperity or 888. Learn more at http://www.paugustin.com

 

Most Respectfully,

Pierre Richard Augustin, MPA, MBA

President and CEO, AdMerk Corp. Inc.

 

Lettre ouverte au President, La Premiere Dame et au peuple du Grand Benin 

Selon les preuves de l'ADN et de la traite des esclaves documentée ainsi que la rétention culturelle en Haïti, mes ancêtres se trouvent en Afrique dans les temps modernes:

1. Angola
2. Bénin
3. Burkina Faso
4. Cameroun
5. Tchad
6. Congo (Congo-Brazzaville)
7. Guinée équatoriale
8. Gabon
9. Gambie
10. Ghana
11. Côte d'Ivoire
12. Libéria
13. Mali
14. Mozambique
15. Namibie
16. Niger
17. Nigéria
18. Sénégal
19. Afrique du Sud
20. Togo
21. Zaïre (République démocratique du Congo)

Donc, je veux lancer le tout premier American 888 Lucky Craft Beer Tours dans ces 21 pays d'Afrique. 

Date du voyage : à déterminer

Lieu : à déterminer

En rétrospective, comme un enfant qui a grandit en Haïti, j'ai toujours été intrigué et fasciné par la culture chinoise et en particulier les films de Kung Fu. 

Par conséquent, en février 2015, j'ai visité le beau pays de la Chine et a passé un mois à Chongqing. C'était un rêve qui s'est réalisé comme un film. Le peuple chinois était très sympathique et accueillant, à laisser une joie profonde et d'admiration dans mon cœur. 

Après avoir fait l'expérience de la vie sociale et la tradition de cheers, "ganbei" ou ๅนฒๆฏ en Chine, à mon retour aux États-Unis d'Amérique (USA), j'étais inspiré pour démarrer une entreprise de la bière artisanale d'après une recette élaborée comme un homebrewer.

Le style de bière que j'ai développé est la version américaine de la British India Pale Ale ou IPA. Le style de l'IPA est connue pour son fort caractère, hop dates pour les années 1800 et est la plus forte croissance et la plus vendue de style craft beer in USA. 

En mémoire de l'accueil chaleureux que j'ai reçues de la Chine et en suivant les traces de mes ancêtres, les "combattants de la Liberté" d’Haiti, j'aimerais offrir les toasts :

I. Premier Toast ou ๅนฒๆฏ
M. Le Président, la Première Dame et le grand peuple du Benin, permettez-moi de vous offrir un premier toast ou ๅนฒๆฏ imaginaire de nos 888 Pilsner et 888 Lucky IPA  en levant mon verre, mais beaucoup plus faible que l'ensemble de la vôtre à faire preuve de respect et vous souhaite bonne chance, la richesse et la prospérité. 

II. Deuxième Toast ou ๅนฒๆฏ
Ce sera un grand honneur de vous offrir personnellement un deuxième toast ou ๅนฒๆฏ lors de ma première visite au Benin afin de présenter le tout premier American 888 Lucky IPA et 888 bières artisanales de Pilsner.

III. Troisième Toast ou 
ๅนฒๆฏ
Je propose un troisième toast au grand peuple du Benin parce que je suis certain que vous aimerez 888 Lucky IPA désignée meilleure bière de dégustation à Brooklyn, New York, USA et la 888 Pilsner dont la recette a remporté la médaille d'or au Maryland, aux États-Unis, la concurrence de la bière artisanale.

 

IV. Quatrième Toast ou ๅนฒๆฏ

Selon un proverbe chinois: "l'audition d'une centaine de fois n'est pas aussi bon que de voir une seule fois."

Par conséquent, permettez-moi de vous offrir un dernier Toast ou ๅนฒๆฏ, je vous souhaite une fois de plus, de nombreuses années de chance, de richesse et de prospérité ou 888. Pour en savoir plus, http://www.paugustin.com

Plus respectueusement,

Pierre Richard Augustin, MPA, MBA

President and CEO, AdMerk Corp. Inc.

 

Beverage to try in Benin

Peuhl Women in the Noth Selling Beverages

Peuhl Women in the North Selling Beverages

Drinking is part of welcoming stage when anyone enters a home in Benin. Drinks are immediately served and you are expected (but not obligated) to take a sip as a respect to the host. In remote areas, the drinks are served in a calabash bowl and passed around to share. It might feel creepy or uncomfortable to share a bowl with multiple people but it’s part of the customs especially when visiting villages. Calabash bowls are also used to serve food in.

Set of Calabash - Bowls and Serving Food

Set of Calabash – Bowls and Serving Spoons

There are a few unique beverage to try in Benin.  They both alcoholic and  non-alcoholic and can be bought on the street as you would buy Beninese food. Most of them are made in the homes of the seller using traditional filtering methods. They are sold either in plastic bottles or in a wooden bowl that you usually have to drink fast and give back to the seller who will then clean it and re-use it with another buyer. They are cheap and are worth trying to get an idea of what they would taste like.

Sodabi

Sodabi (Commercialized)

Sodabi (Commercialized)

This is Benin #1 alcoholic liquor. It’s made with fermented Palm tree sap that is infused with local fruits and herbs. It’s the Beninese version of Vodka and it can be found practically in any town in Benin. Sodabi is what the locals pull out when you are invited over and  is also the most requested and used liquor during many religious activities especially Voodoo. It’s often sold on the street but certain bars carry it as it has become commercialized . It’s a 60% proof alcohol and is cheap to buy ( a liter cost about $3! )

Tchapalo (Sha-pa-Lo)

Tchapalo In a Calabash

Tchapalo In a Calabash

Tchapalo is fermented corn that is distilled and bottled before selling. It’s usually processed in a wooden jar with lemongrass. This method of fermentation give it a very unique earthy and woody flavor. It contains a very small alcohol content however, kids can be seen consuming it in Benin.  It’s a beverage that is very refreshing and cheap to buy. It can be found on the streets and it’s served cold so the fermentation doesn’t continue and turns into a higher alcoholic beverage.

Tchoukoutouou (Shou-Ku-Tou) or Tchouk (Shouk)

Tchouk is around the same family as Tchapalo but is of a much higher alcohol content and can with maid either with corn or sorghum or both mixed together. This beverage usually looks brown and cloudy. It is however very refreshing, a little tart and taste every earthy. It’s usually served in a calabash bowls or is put in a clear bottle with holes on the top to let it “breathe”. It’s usually sold on the street, cheap to get and is worth a try.

La Beninoise

La Beninoise - Benin National Beer

La Beninoise – Benin National Beer

This is Benin national Beer  as well as the cheapest Beer to buy. The breweries are located in Cotonou (in the South of Benin) and Parakou (North of Benin). The taste is very similar to Amstel light or Heineken.

Bissap Juice

Bissap juice is a non alcoholic drink made with dried hibiscus flower which is boiled with sugar and other herbs. In the Caribbean countries, it is known as Sorrel. It looks like cranberry juice juice but with a very floral note. It’s high in Vitamin C and is very delicious and refreshing. Some sellers make pops out of them or it can be consume as a juice. It’s usually infused with vanilla beans or lemongrass for an extra added touch of flavor.

Bissap Juice

Bissap Juice

The best part of all these beverages is that they are easy to find and cheap to buy. Do not be surprised if you see children purchase some of the alcoholic beverages. Although Benin has an age limit of 18, some of the lower alcoholic beverage such as Tchakpalo are seen consumed by them. However, they are conscious of the ones with higher alcohol content and will not be seen drinking them.

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