Beer is one beverage that everyone loves, be it someone in their 30s or 60s. We have never needed a special occasion to try some great brews. Whether Benjamin Franklin said it or not, beer is indeed proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy. The craft beer storm has been brewing in India for a while now (read: Bira 91, Simba, Foo Brew). It is the perfect time to expand your horizons, discover the new homegrown brands, and pick your favourites. As we celebrate International Beer Day today, how about getting introduced to the lesser-known Indian beers? Satiate the beer snob in you with our curated list of the six best craft beer brands that are made in India.
Goa’s serene beaches and smooth King’s beer go together like jelly and custard. This beer was earlier sold exclusively in Goa before it got purchased in 2015 by Viking Beverages. The original King’s Black Label Premium Pilsner is a pale-coloured, light-flavoured beer with a smoky malt odour. It contains about 4.85% alcohol content and now, as per India’s demand for stronger beer, an updated version with 8% alcohol is now available.
Briggs is a Bengaluru-based beer company that offers their drink on tap and in bottles within the city. They house four frothy beers; mainly, Stout Alchemy – Irish Stout, Witbier – Belgian Witbier, Hoppy Feet – American IPA, and Griffin – Belgian Strong Ale. They make use of Belgian products and provide their special craft versions of old-style concoctions that cannot be overlooked.
Sold in cities like Mumbai, Bengaluru, Chandigarh, and Delhi, Kati Patang beer is brewed with aromatic malts and spring water. At present, it has three different brews that include Saffron Lager – subtle saffron notes, Snappy Wheat – wheat beer with a hint of lemon, and Zesty Amber – smooth caramel finish.
White Rhino, a relatively newer entrant in the market, has spread its wings in Delhi and managed to capture the attention of true beer fanatics. Owing to its unique taste and aroma, this beer brand is slowly gaining popularity in the country. They have three different kinds of beers; namely, Belgian Wheat, Lager, and Indian Pale Ale.
Eight Finger Eddie
Named after a popular hippie of Goa, The Goa Brewing Company established this craft beer. What has helped Eight Finger Eddie to make a name in the industry is its aroma of tropical fruits and a smooth finish to the drink.
Yavira Basmati Pilsner
Though Toit’s Basmati Blonde is a great blonde ale, Yavira’s Basmati Pilsner, too, is a hoppy lager, which debuted a year back. This beer was introduced by Kimaya Himalayan Beverages – the company that also launched Bee Young sometime back. And in case you are wondering what Yavira means, in Sanskrit, it’s a term for beer.
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