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Say Cheers To Craft Beer

Goa, beer experts say, sat out the first round of the brew-pub frenzy across India’s big cities for nearly a decade. But it is ringing in the second flush of these strange brews.

Say Cheers To Craft Beer
Photograph by Tribhuvan Tiwari
Say Cheers To Craft Beer
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2018-10-20T15:17:31+05:30

About four years ago, Suraj Shenai met his first India Pale Ale—a Goose Island brew aboard a United Airlines flight on his maiden trip to the US. “The flavour,” he says, “just blew me.” And an idea fermented like a hoppy coincidence. Soon after, Shenai, 34, was in Goa—an unlikely port of call for craft beer then—to distil his stuff.

Goa, beer experts say, sat out the first round of the brew-pub frenzy across India’s big cities for nearly a decade. But it is ringing in the second flush of these strange brews. Last month, Shenai’s Goa Brewing Company dispatched to the local supermarkets bottles of its oat-cream India Pale Ale (IPA) called Eight Finger Eddie—it’s named after Goa’s best-known hippie who, in the late 1960s, made Anjuna beach his home; an ode, so to speak, to free-spiritedness. “We are opinionated and speak our mind,” says Shenai. “You could expect an interesting phase for beer in India.” Indeed, beer is hot in India—or cool, of course, depending on whether...

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