Beer is turning out to be the new coffee in India among the youngsters. Craft beers are soaring in popularity in cities like Bengaluru, Mumbai, Pune, Gurgaon and several others. The best part is that craft beer lovers are open to experimentation. They are willing to go beyond traditional IPAs and lagers.
If you’re a beer lover, then we’re sure you would have come across a few of these exciting flavors in your nearest pub. Rohit Jafa brewing solutions provide complete craft beer brewing equipment in India.
Craft beer making is an art, and thanks to an array of exciting ingredients in India, we’ve got plenty of new flavors to experiment. Here are the top unique beer flavors in India, that is currently doing the rounds at pubs across the country:
1. Masala beer
The flavourful Indian masalas have conquered the beer industry too. The masala beers are preferred as accompaniments for chicken and fish. It has a strong odor that can feel a bit off-putting initially. But, once you get acquainted with the taste, it’s a delight to the palette. Though not very popular initially, the demand for masala beer has picked up recently.
2. Hibiscus beer
Since ancient times, hibiscus has been used in juices for its cooling and refreshing properties. Now, you can find this colorful flower in your drink too. A bit expensive than your regular pint, hibiscus beer is a huge hit at taprooms all over the country. The best part – it’s insanely instagrammable, thanks to the deep tones of the flower.
3. Mango Beer
The king of fruits – India’s summertime favorite fruit is now available in beer form. If you have a sweet tooth, then you’ll love this one. Alfie, the beer made from Alphonsa mangoes has a unique sweet profile that makes it a great choice even for beginners. Not just Alphonsus, pubs around the country are trying out brews from other styles of mangoes as well.
4. Blueberry Beer
Now your favorite dessert fruit has arrived in your beer mug. Strawberry and blueberry are two of the most popular dessert flavors for beer. Blueberry beer is not overly sweet like mango beer; it has a hint of slight bitterness. It pairs well with Tandoori and grilled side-dishes, both veg and non-veg.
5. Coffee Beer
That’s a great combination. If you’re a die-hard coffee lover, then you’ll certainly love this. It’s a huge hit and is popular all over the country.
6. Darjeeling Tea Beer
If coffee has made its way into beer mugs, can tea be far behind? This one is for you chai lovers. It’s very refreshing and aromatic.
7. Paan Beer
This is a quintessential Indian flavor. We’re sure you cannot find this beer anywhere else in the world. It’s an Indian tradition to chew a paan after a large meal. This beer gives a contemporary twist to this tradition.
Infused with the flavors of a regular paan, the beer is made with lemongrass and betel leaves. You can even find slight undertones of jeera and other sweetmeats that accompany a paan.
8. Tulsi Beer
Honey basil or tulsi is another spice that is found commonly in India. Tulsi has anti-inflammatory properties and is an age-old remedy for treating a cold. This beer is made with wild tulsi and honey, giving it a pungent and sweet taste.
9. Honey Lavender Beer
This is another combination that is a great hit. The sweet citrus flavor of lavender paired with honey makes it an easy drink. But, don’t mistake it for a non-alcoholic beverage, this one packs quite a punch.
Have you tried any of these flavors? Or have you come across any unique beer flavors in your favorite pub?
Let us know in the comments and let’s keep the conversation rolling, just like your favorite brew!