India might have the world´s fastest-growing craft beer industry, while only a couple of years back, you could only get beer from the largest brewery in India, Kingfisher, so is it getting easier and easier to now enjoy high-quality Indian locally produced craft beer all over the country.
While craft beer in India is still a “luxury drink”, and out of the price range for most locals in India, so it still very cheap compared to western European countries.
And if the rapid growth in locally produced craft beer in India continue, so will India soon become the perfect place for a beer trip.
14 Local India Craft Beer You Should Try.
Style: Stout 4,8%
Sold only on bottles.
One of the very few stouts locally produced in India. Simba brewery is a local New Delhi microbrewery.
A dark beer with a pours with almost no head. The nose is on chocolate, roasted malt and roasted caramel.
The aroma is on dark caramel, a touch of chocolate, grain, quite sweet, caramel a taste of dark espresso, with a finish of some, some sweet caramel—one of the best beers in India these days.
Style: Pale Lager 4,5%
Sold only in bottles.
Pours with a clear and golden yellow with a small white head. The aroma is toasted malty, slightly grassy.
Bitter, slight herbal. With a strange lemon taste?.With a bitter and dry hoppy finish.
Simba Jungle Wheat.
Style: Witbier 4,5%
Sold only in bottles around New Delhi.
Pours a clear golden with a white head—the aroma of citrus, lemongrass, light herbal notes and light yeast.
Flavour is above light, sweet and bitter. Light bodied with light to moderate carbonation—a good beer with Indian food.
Happy by Thirsty Beer.
Style: Blond Ale 4,2%
Sold only a few shops in New Delhi.
One of the newest and smallest microbreweries in India.
Pours Golden/copper body with a big foamy white head.
The aroma is grapefruit, a bit of lime: medium body, soft carbonation.
A pretty good beer. Easy to drink and enjoy.
Style: Wheat Ale 4,2%
Sold in a few liquor store in New Delhi.
Pours with an orange/copper body with almost no head at all.
The Aroma is earthy wheat, damp grains, light spicy citrus. lively carbon, light body.
Another decent Wheat beer to drink in New Delhi.
Style: Wheat Ale 5%.
Sold only in a few shops in New Delhi.
Another tinny newly opened Microbrewery in India.
Pours with a decent head, the Aroma is pleasant with a hint of citrus with wheat sweetness.
A quite intensive citrus bitterness in taste with appropriate wheat sweetness. But still pretty good.
Prost 69 Lager.
Style: Pale Lager 4,5%
Sold only I cans, in New Delhi.
Poured golden colour with a small white head. The aroma is a bit malty.
The taste is sweet hoppy malt with sourness. Very weak touch of hops at the finish—A-ok beer to drink.
White Rhino Brewing, Lager.
Style: Pale Lager 4,8%.
One of the beer popular India craft beer, sold over big parts of the country and in neighbouring Nepal.
Pours clear pale yellow gold with a small thin white head. The Aroma taste likes cooked corn and little else. The taste is light astringent. Not great. not bad.
The White Owl Diablo
Style: Red Ale 5%
One of the most popular craft beers in India, from Mumbai but sold all over India. The only locally produced India Craft Beer Red Ale in India.
Pours a reddish-brown in colour with a medium white head.
The Aroma of caramel, malty. light and perfectly hoppy dark beer.
One of the best India craft beer, different from everything else produced in the country.
The White Owl Spark.
Style: Witbier 5%.
Sold is all the same places as the Diablo.
Pours transparent gold with a tinny head.
The aroma is banana, orange, a bit grainy and with a unique citrusy taste.
Overall a good beer and very different from most other India craft beer.
Bira 91 Blonde.
Style: Pale Lager 4,5%.
Maybe the most popular India craft beer, sold all over the country, in neighbouring Nepal and in Malaysia.
Poured a clear light golden colour with a frothy white head. The aroma is cardboard malt, light woody hop. The flavour is moderate to light bitter with a light watery. Easy to drink, but not a winner.
Bira 91 Strong.
Style: Wheat Ale 8%.
Most likely the strongest craft beer produced in India.
Pours with a clear deep golden liquid with a small head—the Aroma of caramel, wheat, grain, banana and fruity yeast. Taste is light sweet and light bitter with notes of grain. An easy beer to drink, considering it´s strong.
Bira 91 White.
Style: Witbier 4,9%
Another one of the most popular India craft beer also sold in neighbouring Nepal. Sold in both cans and bottles.
Pours golden with a white medium head. The aroma is heavy and fresh coriander and orange. the flavour is grassy coriander, light creamy wheat—A-Ok beer.
Style: Pale Lager 4,8%
Craft beer from Goa, but also for sale in Mumbai and New Delhi.
Pours a clear yellow with no head at all. The Aroma is a typical lager, sweet malt, fruit, corn starch and caramel. Quite heavy sweetness. A decent beer to enjoy on the beach in Goa.