Becherovka Goes Kosher

The Czech liquor will soon be available in a kosher variety, distilled for the Israeli market

Dave Park

Written by Dave Park Published on 20.07.2015 16:04:16 (updated on 20.07.2015) Reading time: 1 minute

There’s the original, Lemond, Cordial, KV14, and 2014’s Ice&Fire. And now, the Czech Republic’s most famous liquor has gone kosher.

It’s something that many might not consider, but just like food products, alcoholic beverages must pass kosher certification before they may be consumed by Orthodox Jews. 

Jan Becher – Karlovarská Becherovka, manufacturer of Becherovka, started production last week on a special kosher-certified line, reports iDnes

Not all Becherovka will be kosher. The company will produce 20,000 bottles of kosher Becherovka in this run, and hopes to eventually produce 80,000 bottles per year.

To pass kosher certification, a spirit may not contain certain ingredients; common ingredients in alcoholic beverages that are not kosher include isoamyl alcohol, glycerol, and fatty acids.

The remaining ingredients and production must also receive approval from a rabbi. In Karlovy Vary, where Becherovka is produced, Rabbi Menachem Kalchheim oversaw the production of kosher Becherovka.

“Becherovka has a very distinctive flavor that fits the taste profile of Israelis,” said Vladimír Darebník, Chief Operating Officer of Jan Becher – Karlovarská Becherovka.

“Due to the fact that we can now also offer a kosher option, we believe that demand will continue to grow.”

Bottles of kosher Becherovka will be produced with a special black label. While most bottles will be shipped to Israel, some will also be available at specialty stores in the Czech Republic.

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