It is just annoying to click on an article talking about beer and finding some exotic brands available in some remote pub on the planet. Most of them are not even imported into India and the chances of finding them at your neighborhood uncleji’s theka are even more remote than where those brews come from. Given that premise, here’s a list of some of the best brews available in India that are sure to add a zing to your summer afternoons this season.
There’s more to Belgium than just their waffles. Stella Artois (pronounced Stella Är-tu-ah) is a six-century-old Belgian tradition that has been in the Indian market and winning fans for a while now. With that much tradition involved, there has to be some rituals related to this beer that never get old. But at the end of the day, it is all about the taste, and Stella Artois never ceases to amaze on that front. This full-bodied brew that has a very light texture on the palate is truly worth every penny that it commands.
First, lets get the pronunciation right – it’s who-gaa-dun, not ho-gaarden, or ho-ga-den. Second, remember the Belgians, well they are the ones making this beauty as well. This creamy wheat beer with its orange peel and coriander notes is among the best wheat beers you will ever taste. Sure there are more from Europe that are finally available in the Indian market, but Hoëgaarden has definitely benefited from the first movers advantage and keeps climbing in popularity ratings very steadily.
Yeah, we had to say it. Regardless of the fact that the airline of the same name has been a damp squib, Kingfisher is a brand to reckon with in the India market <insert Kingfisher joke here – oh wait – “there’s a bird in my window, and it’s just sitting there, not flying away. No wonder, it’s a Kingfisher>. Believe it or not, the brand commands an excellent market in North America as well. And the Kingfisher Ultra takes the brew games to a different level for the brand. This beer from the iconic brand is far smoother and crispier than its lower priced cousin and makes for an excellent choice in the hot Indian summers.
To be honest, it is the Kingfisher equivalent from Mexico – the beer of the masses. Everyone enjoys a chilled Corona on a hot summer day. And as for the lime wedge –story goes that it is placed at the mouth of the bottle just to ward off the flies in Mexico. Nevertheless, the fad has caught on and although it doesn’t really add to the taste or the experience of the beer, it does give it a bit of a distinction. The price is pricey, just because it’s an import, however, not bad at all and very popular among people who want to be seen dunking an imported beer.
Speaking of the beer of the masses, it doesn’t get bigger than the Bud. Thanks to the American-style marketing blitz, Budweiser’s popularity never dips. The taste is fresh, light and good, the price is also good and that keeps its popularity evergreen.