Now Mumbai to gulp desi-flavoured beer

Written by Akshay Kumar | Mumbai | Updated: Oct 31 2013, 17:46pm hrs
Barking DeerBeer is a kind of drink which every taste bud relishes a different style.
The Barking Deer Brew Pub, the first ever pub to own a Microbrewery in Mumbai is experimenting with blending beers with local flavours. This is an effort to give something new to the Indian taste buds. Greg Kroitzsh, owner, The Barking Deer Brew pub along with Benjamin Johnson, trained chef and brewmaster are planning to brew beer using kokam and mangoes, which are the local delicacies.

Speaking exclusively with Financial Express Online, Johnson said, Beer is a kind of drink which every taste bud relishes a different style. If I made a Schwarzbier style, which is a classic German beer by adding kokum in it, then that would be a very interesting blend, so we are trying that. India being a huge craft beer market, there are a lot of permutation and improvisations which we can do. We have to learn what people like, take their feedback and honest opinions and figure out what to change in our recipe. We are also planning to make a beer with mangoes during the season. Everyday I am down at Crawford market to find some new ingredient for my beer.

The Barking Deer Brew Pub and Restaurant has also brewed three variants of beer which are difficult to find in Mumbai pubs, for instance Bombay Blonde Ale, which has a perfect balance of bitterness and aroma; Barking Deer India Pale Ale, with a bitter punch and a pleasant citrusy aroma and Flying Pig Belgian Wit, which has an unusual spicy edge with the likes of coriander seeds and cumin seeds and a citrusy twist by the orange peels. These handcrafted beers are going public on November 7, 2013.

The launch of these unique beers are also bit peculiar, the first keg of beer is going to be auctioned to the highest bidder and the proceeds of these will go to the Jai Vakeel School, run by The Research Society for the Care, Treatment and Training of Children in need of Special Care for the mentally challenged children with 'associated disabilities' like epilepsy, autism, cerebral palsy,etc. The rest of the beer would be priced at INR 350 per mug with half the proceeds going for charity.