There’s no better way to unwind after a long and tiring day than cracking open a can of chilled beer. The last few years have seen a rise in the number of homegrown breweries. Read on and stock your fridge with these eight best Indian craft beers.
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There’s no Indian beer lover who doesn’t know of Bira91. There are Bira 91 Boom and Bira 91 Boom Classic for those who are ready to try the brand for the first time, and a bunch of essential beers that range from a low bitterness wheat beer to mild lager and a high-intensity wheat beer. Bira91 also does ‘Limited Release’ beers that are experimental and creative, and their ‘Better for you’ portfolio offers a low-calorie beer, the Bira 91 Light.
Bira91 is available across 10 States and 400+ cities in India.
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Briggs sources some top-quality ingredients from around the world for their beers. This microbrewery’s beers are wildly popular in the Bengaluru circuit. Launched in 2018, Briggs Brewery markets four beers—Willy’s Witbier (Belgian witbier), Stout Alchemy (Irish stout), Hoppy Feet (American IPA) and Griffin (Belgian strong ale).
Available across Karnataka
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To beat the summer heat, this iconic microbrewery is offering seven craft beers — Apple Cider, Mango Cider, Brut IPA, Hefeweizen, Helles Lager, Smoked Lager and Oatmeal Stout – all available for delivery in one-litre growlers.
Available in Mumbai, Navi Mumbai and Thane
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Great State Aleworks brews experimental ales using local ingredients. They have Brightside, a Belgian witbier; Hazy Daze, a New England IPA; Helles, a Munich lager and an English mild beer. Also worth a try is Foo Brew launched in collaboration with the popular Mumbai restaurants Foo and KOKO.
Available in Mumbai and Pune
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An unconventional brewery, Kati Patang’s beers include Zesty Amber (American amber), Spanny Wheat (wheat beer) and Saffron Lager (light-bodied lager). Not long ago, the brand also launched a range of non-alcoholic craft seltzers.
Available in Mumbai, Pune, Delhi and Bengaluru
Kimaya Himalayan Beverages
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If you live in the north of India, you’ve most likely tasted Yavira, Kimaya’s most popular beer yet. A pilsner made with local Basmati rice and water from the Himalayas, it’s a well-balanced brew that is crispy yet creamy. Kimaya’s other offering is Bee Young (7.2 ABV) with citrus notes. Both beers are available in 500ml bottles and cans.
Both beers are available in Delhi, Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand.
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Simba brings India’s first bottled stout to the table with their beer crafted at a flagship brewery in Durg in Chhatisgarh. Today, it markets three other bottled beers—Wit, Lager and Strong.
Available in Delhi, Pune, Mumbai, Goa, Bengaluru, Kolkata and Assam
White Owl Brewery
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White Owl is well known for handcrafting beer using the finest natural ingredients from around the world and it brews its beers in Madhya Pradesh. In the shop are pints and cans of Spark (Belgian wit), Diablo (Irish red ale), Ace (French apple cider ale), Spike (German weizenbock), Torpedo (American pale ale), Paulina (German kölsch), Shadow (English porter) and Halcyon (German hefeweizen).
Available in Mumbai, Pune, Bengaluru, Goa and Delhi
By Tanvi Gupta