When i was in Orissa India, i tasted rice beer several times at the weekly markets. The first time i tried it i didn't know what it was because I was unable to communicate with the women selling it. so i was a bit cautious. But after i knew what it was, i decided it was pretty yummy. The first time i've ever been drunk in the morning was at a Bonda market where i drank three cups of this stuff. It just occurs to me that I would like to make it. Has anyone here experimented with drinks like and knows how to make it. I might go and check out google now.. but anyway it would be good to hear what experiences you've had.. I never got around to trying toddy but i heard from some poeple that it wasn't so yummy. What's your view. Toddy for the uninitiated is alcohol made from coconut palms. I am not sure if its a beer or a liquor. Another one that i never got to try was a liqueur made form marwah trees. Actually in central parts of india i believe they are still making alcohol in a variety of traditional ways. Further to be really authentic, the beer is drunk from a cup made form a gourd. And carried about in large gourds. I really want to grow some of those gourds because they are so decorative as well as functional. They do a macrame doodad around the gourd to carry it and loop it on a stick which is put over the shoulders. (some day i will show photos of all this on my photoblog). Anyone know anything about these gourd plants and where i can get seeds for them. I think they should grow in the tropics. Given the above about the rice wine, i think i'd like to grow some rice. I think it would be pretty to have a little rice pond anyway. If i put fish in it, i might be able to keep down the mosquitos.