Beer is the ideal drink to enjoy on a sunny day in the company of friends, sitting around a table, just chatting, and sharing good times. Beer enthusiasts are increasingly seeking out new varieties which are produced locally in Goa.
From pale ales to stouts and lagers, these are three homegrown brews you have to try in Goa.
Goa Brewing Co (GBC) recently launched its new addition Peoples lager made locally in all its aspects, using traditional ukdo rice (boiled rice) from the fields of Goa. This beer is dedicated to those people putting a brave face despite all the hardships.“It’s by the people, for the people” say company.
Channelling Goa’s famous laidback vibe, Susegado has been offering draught beers since 2017 (and bottles since late 2020). The brand is founded by Aditya Challa, a professionally trained brewer who learnt brewing in Scotland and went on to brew in Singapore for four years before moving back to India. The brand offers six beer styles—English Ale, Dortmund Lager, Tropical Wit, American IPA, Vanilla Porter, and Kokum Gosé—the last one is a Goan take on the German Goslar style with the sour-salty hit of kokum.
Maka Di Beer
Goa-based Latambarcem Brewers launched MAKA di (Konkani for ‘give me’) in October 2020. The brand offers four variants like the Belgian Tripel, an aromatic bespoke beer created exclusively for India in partnership with Lupulus Brewery in Belgium, Honey Ale with honey sourced from Jim Corbett National Park, and Belgian Blanche that is dripping with citrus notes, topped with fresh coriander and a bite of cumin. Their Bavarian Keller is an interesting unfiltered beer that follows ‘Reinheitsgebot’, the Bavarian Purity Law of 1516, which permits only water, hops, malts, and yeast to be used in the brewing process.
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