International Beer Day (IBD) this year coincides with Friendship Day on August 5. And what better reason could one get to indulge in some beer drinking and buddy banter? Since one of the few rules of IBD involves experiencing brewskis from all over the world, we got Pradeep Gidwani, the owner of Bandra’s new pub, The Pint Room, to recommend five beers that top his list and suburban bar. Here are the five concoctions that the beer lover and former managing director of Carlsberg and Foster’s, insists you must taste before you die.
These are some of the finest beers in the world. The Trappist beer is brewed within the walls of Trappist monasteries in Belgium under the control and responsibility of the monks. The revenue (from the sales of the beers) is dedicated to social service. Chimay Blue contains 9 per cent abv (alcohol by volume) and is relatively dry with a caramel note.
Hoegaarden Wit Bier
The original white beer from Belgium is the oldest and most famous of its kind across the world. Its aroma of orange peels,coriander and spice makes its taste unique. It is soft, light, moderately sweet and sour, with a subtle citrus flavour. It is best served and enjoyed chilled in its signature hexagonal glass.
Fuller’s London Pride
This is UK’s leading premium ale. Known and loved for its distinctive and rounded flavour, London Pride is an award-winning beer. A rich, smooth and wonderfully balanced ale, its distinctive malty base is complemented nicely by its well-developed hop character.
Murphy’s Irish Stout
It is one of the best-known stout beers in the world. Brewed in Ireland, its flavour is evocative of caramel and malt. It is often described as a distant relative of chocolate milk. Murphy’s is a dark (black) beer and is served with an inch of foam (the head on top).
Brewed in Bavaria, in Germany’s oldest wheat brewery, this amber-mahogany coloured wheat beer goes well with hearty food. It has nuances of ripe bananas, cloves, nutmeg and nuts, which also help create the aroma. It is a full-bodied, and sparkling beer.