Barbican, Malta, Nutrimalt: An intepretation of drinks.

It always triggers me regarding this brewing type of drink which obviously getting a lot of attention and increasing consumer for those who opted not to drink alcohol for various reason, maybe health or religious belief.

What triggers me is that a lot of people are against and full of hatred regarding the drinks. Some even felt that they need to a raised a hand, weapon and abusing those who drink such drinks. Most of this people are fighting on the based of religious issue.

It was actually a different in opinion and interpretation. Its actually a non alcoholic beverages which comprise of brewing technique that they used to produce the alcoholic one. But without the complete fermentation, it only produced a lot of sugar without turning it into alcohol. In technical and scientific point of view, its not alcoholic, and those with liver problem or any alcohol associated diseases, this can be a good alternative. It also contains a lot vitamins which somehow is equavalent to a supplement you bought for hundreds ringgit from those Shaklee seller.

In religious aspect, this drink is considered syubhah (malta and nutrimalt), as it was manufactured by company who their main core bussiness is selling alcohol drinks. Barbican, or bavaria otherwise do not associate themselves to any alcohol production thus I believe recently Barbican has been granted Halal status by Jakim.

I once had a friend who told me that during brewing process of this malta and nutrimalt, the drinks was put in a big barrel side by side with other beer  and one only need to scoop the drinks with a bucket and somehow can mistakenly mix up and mess up. Its a good story but hard to be believed as the tale appear to be like originating from a village way of producing soy sauce or budu or whatever. The factory of those two alcohol manufacturer otherwise they will not be certified by MS ISO, HACCP, and so on.

Its not about their way of producing it, but its about the syubhah rules which has been intepreteted by some islamic scholar in Malaysia. This product has been halal in different country but not in Malaysia.

What trigger me the most, is how dangerous a carbonated drinks can be compare to these drinks. How dangerous is a power drinks compare to this drinks? How dangerous is that power root / tongkat ali drinks compare to this drinks? And lets not talk about other company who is associated with non halal peoduct.. Nestle produced a non halal version of instant noodle in other country. Same goes to mcdonalds, kfc, pizza hut, and many more. As you all can see, some will argue that the drinks was manufactured in the same building as the alcohol drinks while what I am talking just now is where it does not. Yup, a good point. However, an alochol splash into your face is not considered haram unless you drank it for a purpose.

They were a lot of product which has alcohol inside it such as soy sauce, vinegar, but the amount of alcohol permittable for muslim consumer is different in every country. Its was all depend on the interpretation of yours.

What I am trying to say is, it is better to study the product a little bit more before consuming it. Even we have bodies to govern the Halal status, but they were doing their job as what everyone did everyday. A lot of paperwork and people to entertain. Sometimes, i feel that Malaysian are too dependant on that logo and forgotten the essence of halal itself. Clean and safe is what halal is. Drinking coke or soda is safe? That would be based on your intepretation.

Back to the drinks, as for now people can enjoyed Barbican for its halal status has been given. For malta and nutrimalt, I would like to see some progress in the future. It was a good drinks even compare to barbican ( which is actually just a fruit drink/ like carbonated drinks) as it was once distributed in africa for malnourished children. Maybe someone could learn from those beer company on how to produce such product rather than become a religious police and judge people everyday.


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