The Indian beer industry is flourishing, and a visit to India wouldn’t be complete without trying the Top 5 Indian Beer Brands on offer.
Beer was introduced into India by the British, who ultimately set up a brewery that formed Asia’s first beer — a pale ale called Lion. However, these days, lager is the only form of beer you’ll find obtainable in India. It comes in two strengths — mild (around 5% alcohol) and a generous strong (6-8% alcohol). Depending on the place, a large 650 ml bottle of beer will cost you between 50-70 rupees ($1-1.50) at a liquor store, and double or triple that at a bar.
Kingfisher, “The King of Good Times”, is India’s most familiar and widely available beer. Its name has been related with sports, fashion, and even an airline. The beer itself is a light tasting, easy drinking beer with ample of malt. It goes down actually well — if not a little too well at times!Kingfisher Strong, containing around 8% alcohol, is fast growing in popularity and has more essence than the regular Kingfisher Premium, which has 4.8% alcohol. Another variation is Kingfisher Blue, marketed at the young and fashionable. This is also a sturdy beer with around 8% alcohols but it has a very light watery taste. Characteristic and full-bodied Kingfisher Ultra, prepared from imported ingredients, is the latest label to hit the market.2. Haywards
Haywards beer is light bodied and watery tasting, so certainly not suggested for those who prefer beer with bite! The brand is mainly well known for its Haywards 5000 label — a highest selling strong beer that contains 7% alcohol. Haywards also produces Haywards 2000, a gentle beer with 5.5% alcohol, and the rarer super strong Haywards 10000. Lovers of corpulent beer may be interested in Haywards Black — India’s first real stout beer. It’s a strong dark colored beer, with 8% alcohol, and a heavy sweet malty taste that in fact hints of caramel.
3. Royal Challenge
Royal Challenge Premium is a mild beer having 5% alcohol. It’s mainly popular in the states of Andhra Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, and Orissa. The beer has a long development cycle, giving rise to its slogan of “Brewed Longer, Brewed Better”. In comparison to many Indian beers, it’s fairly a full bodied and tasty beer. It’s not as appetizing as the Kalyani Black Label, but is still distinctive.
4.Kalyani Black Label
Kalyani Black Label is one of India’s oldest lagers and is particularly popular in eastern India, in cities such as Kolkata, as well as Delhi. It comes in both premium and strong varieties. The strong beer is described as “a smooth, mellowed brew with an extra bite”. Its alcohol content, at 7.8%, packs quite a thump, along with its sweet relish. If you like a beer with flavor, go for Kalyani.
The beautiful beaches of Goa and Kings Beer go hand in hand. This beer, which unluckily is only brewed and sold in the state of Goa, is a highlight of any trip there. The Kings Black Label premium pilsner is a very light tasting, light colored, beer that’s known for its smoky malt fragrance. It got an alcohol content of 4.85%, and is priced very attractively. A small 375 ml bottle will only set you back around 35 rupees (75 cents) at most beach shacks, and half that at a liquor store. No speculate Kings remains a fond memory for many people long after the vacation is over.