BeersSoft drinksFruit juicesWatersGeneral questions
How do you make brown beer ?

Brown beer is made by adding toasted malt (barley) or caramel.

Can barley or hop grow in Tahiti ?

Barley or hop cannot grow in Tahiti because of the tropical climate.

What is the difference between Hinano, Heineken and Tabu?

The three beers are all made from malt, water, hop and yeast. But the recipes and the hop used are different as well as the fermentation process.

Who created the vahine Hinano and when ?

It is Pierre Heyman a Swedish painter in 1953.

Why is it named Hinano ?

Yves Martin was looking for a name; he wanted a Polynesian name easy to pronounce in Tahitian, French and English. He chose Hinano the name of the Pandanus flower but also a common girl’s name in Tahiti.

How many calories in a glass of beer ?

There is about 100 calories in a 25cl glass; beer contains fewer calories than most alcoholic beverage.

What does Premium mean ?

In the USA the name premium is used for a lager beer. It is a quality low fermentation usually blond beer.

Is there more sugar in Coca-Cola in French Polynesia ?

Coca-cola has the same quantity of sugar all over the world. The difference in taste that can occur is due to the difference in the type of sugar used (here, it is cane sugar because it is tastier).

Can we be addicted to caffeine contained in Coca-Cola ?

According to the world health organization there can be no addiction to caffeine. There is 24mg of caffeine in 240ml of coca-cola which corresponds more or less to a third of caffeine in a coffee.

Can soft drinks cause decays ?

Food that sticks to your teeth like cakes, sweets can cause decays if the teeth are not often washed. Soft drinks are only in contact with teeth for a few seconds and therefore cannot cause decays if the drinker follows good daily oral hygiene.

Is it true that if I place a tooth inside a full glass of soft drink the tooth will dissolve itself ?

A mouth is a best environment for a tooth because it is protected by calcium which is inside saliva and fluoride from toothpaste. A tooth taken out of the mouth and placed inside an acid liquid like a soft drink or a fruit juice will lost all protection and will dissolve.

Is the acid inside soft drinks dangerous ?

The citric acid and phosphoric acid inside fizzy drinks and fruit juices are recognized by many health organizations as food additives and are perfectly safe for human consumption.

Fizzy drinks are not more acidic than some other food that we consume daily like some fruits; especially citruses (orange, lemon or grapefruit).Due to their acidic level, soft drinks can cause dental damage to the teeth enamel if they are drunk excessively. It is therefore recommended to drink them in moderation, and like after you’ve eaten acidic food, rinse your mouth with water.

Is it true that fizzy drinks can weaken both bones and teeth ?

No. A low diet in calcium can. Neither acidic food nor drink can cause erosion when you have a good oral hygiene.

What is aspartame ?

Aspartame is a substitute of sugar that has the same taste with a very low caloric contribution. Technically Aspartame is a protein made with aspartic acid and phenylalanine that you can find in other food like dairy product, eggs, meat. Once eaten aspartame is used by the body the same way as the protein contained in the food named before.

Can aspartame cause cancer ?

The aspartame used for more than 25 years in more than 90 countries in the world has never caused any cancer of any kind. A recent report from 8 of the biggest companies of researches in toxicology, has confirmed again that the aspartame is a completely safe additive for your health, even with high level of consumption.

Can fizzy beverages be a cause of obesity ?

Obesity is linked to many factors: – Genetic heredity – An unbalance diet, high in calories – A lack of physical activities

A person has higher risks to be obese if the consumption of calories is higher than its energetic loss. To prevent obesity, you must have an active and healthy lifestyle and a balance diet and regular physical activities. Furthermore, in order for everyone to control its energetic intake, la Brasserie de Tahiti offers a large range of drinks like waters, light soft drinks and low cal drinks.

Are light soft drinks good for diabetics ?

Yes, light soft drinks are good for diabetics because they contain less sugar.

Do you know the ingredients in Coca-cola ?

Yes, we know the ingredients inside a coca-cola but we do not know the formula.

The ingredients are:

– 90% of water (99% for light cokes) – Sugar – Natural flavorings – Carbonated gas – Caffeine – Phosphoric acid – Caramel – Sweetener for light drinks

Is it the same sugar used for both fizzy drinks and fruit juices ?

The sugar inside fruit juices is called fructose. It gives a sweet taste for fewer calories and is assimilated slower than glucose and sweeteners.

What is the difference between a 100% pure fruits juice, a juice based on concentrated fruits, nectars and a fruit drink ? A 100% fruit juices are made by pressing fruits without any additives like the pineapple juice Painapo made by pure fruit juices from Moorea.

Juices made from concentrated fruits are partially dehydrated fruits for transportation purposes, then reconstituted with the same amount of water, their fruit content are 100%.

For nectars it is the pulp of the fruit that is added to water and sugar, the fruit content is of 25 to 50% depending on the fruit.

Fruit drinks are drinks containing 10% of fruits.

Are fruits used for Rotui juices from French Polynesia ?

Pineapples and grapefruits are entirely grown locally. The other fruits are partially or entirely imported because the local production is not yet capable of supplying the quantities and varieties.

What is the difference between spring water and mineral water ?

Both spring water and mineral water are coming from a ground water table. The only difference is in the content of minerals that must be constant in mineral waters.

What is water highly mineralized? Can you drink it every day ?

Highly mineralized water is rich in minerals. Beware highly mineralized waters should not be consumed everyday or only if prescribe for a diet or a treatment.

What is a dry residue rate ?

It is the total quantity of minerals. The dry residue is obtained by evaporating water at 180°C; it gives an indication of the rate of minerals in the water.

What are the types of controls made to Eau Royale and by whom ?

Micro-biological analysis are made every day at the start, mid and end of each production line by staffs working for the laboratory at la Brasserie de Tahiti. The CHSP (hygiene center) analyses every month a sample of the production, as well as a sample of spring water taken directly in the spring every three months. The LASEA (laboratory of analysis for water and food) makes physico-chemical tests every two months on spring water and bottled water.

Finally a certified lab in France (COFRAC) makes the same checks but once a year. Beside checks are also made in the ambient air in circulation, on preforms, empty bottles, lids and labels.

Definition : Micro-biological tests are checking the purity of the water and the hygiene of both bottles and machinery. Physical and chemical tests are checking that the characteristics in the water are constant. Organoleptic tests are checking the taste of the water, especially bottled water. (NB: the tests are made in this order: microbio, physico and organo)

Can the human and industrial activities above the spring in Arue leak inside the ground to pollute the spring water Eau Royale ?

The off-taking of Eau Royale is made in a protected environment and goes through layers of clay and basalt. It is at 63m deep that preserved spring water is pumped. Its main watershed is located 1400 m high in the heart of mount Aorai far from human or industrial activities.

What is the difference in the drilling boreholes of Eau Premium Tahiti and Eau Royale ?

For both it is drilling boreholes in groundwater. Eau Premium is taken at 140m under the ground at the Punaruu on the grounds of the brewery. For Eau Royale is it at 63m under the ground in Arue on the grounds of the “le bain de la reine”.

Can the industrial activities on the grounds of the Punaruu valley pollute Eau Premium ?

Eau premium is drilled at 140m under the ground through layers of basalts and the main watershed is located in the heart of mountains. The industrial activities are not polluting the water.

Why is there a taste difference between the two waters ?

Waters have different taste due to their mineral contents.

Learn to read labels :

  • the type of water tells you if it is for instance “spring water”,
  • the minerals content tells the names of each mineral in the water,
  • the recommendation for preserving the bottle gives advice on how to keep the water,
  • in fact to keep all types of waters, the bottles must be stored in a cool place, away from lightness and dampness in a clean place with no odors,
  • the “best buy” date tells you how long you can keep your water.


What training has the staff ?

Our staff has different training according to the trade in either commercial, technical or administrative work.

Is La Brasserie de Tahiti hiring staff ?

We identified our need in human resources for the next one to five years (creating jobs or replacing staff). When hiring we identify our needs and we give priority to the local job market.

What is the turnover of the BT ?

The turnover ex tax is 13.5910 B FCP (2016).

Can you visit the production grounds ?

The production grounds at the Punaruu (beers, soft drinks, fruit juices and premium water) and in Arue (eau royale and Otahiti) and the fruit juice plants in Moorea can be visited on demand.

Can you drink a product after the ‘best buy’ date ?

Regarding beverage the ‘best buy’ date is just an indication that corresponds to a time when certain characteristics are guaranteed (level of gas, taste…). It is not dangerous to drink a beverage after the ‘best buy’ date has expired.

What is the PET ?

Polyethylene terephtalate is a plastic used in the making of soft drinks bottles because it is light, unbreakable and recyclable.

Where are the raw materials coming from ?

All our raw materials are imported except water, the bottles made of PET and some lids (made by plastiserd), some labels for fizzy drinks (made by STP) and some juices (made by the plant in Moorea).

What are you doing with waste ?

  • Wasted waters from the Punaruu plants are stored before being sent to the local waste treatment plant in Punaauia. There are multiple tests made by our lab to check the neutrality of the water on the environment. Some samples are also made by the local water authority in the water tank and the results are sent to the SEM (local water board of Tahiti) in charge of the local water waste treatment plant.
  • The broken glass from the Punaruu plant is sent to TSP a company that has an agreement to recycle inert waste.
  • Cans are compacted and given to a company that sends them out of Tahiti for recycling.
  • All inert waste and recyclables are used again or send to the CRT (recyclable plant) in Motu Uta.
  • Oils, inks and solvents are exported to be transformed.
  • Dried distillers grains (from malt after brewing) are given to farmers who give it to their cattle for feeding.
  • The other yeast materials are sent away and given to the CET (local industrial landfill) in Paihoro or transformed by another company.