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Crafty brews

india Updated: Sep 15, 2012 00:25 IST
HT Weekend Team

If you are beer enthusiast in Delhi jealous of Gurgaon's microbreweries, it's time you became aware of a much better selection available very close at hand. While earlier a rarity, many outlets now stock craft beers - specialised brews created by smaller brewers who pay much more attention to taste, texture and tradition than mass-produced, popular beers such as Heineken, Budweiser or Kingfisher.

Even if you've never the heard names (some unpronounceable) like Weihenstephaner Hefeweiss (German), Estrella Damm Barcelona (Spanish) or Brooklyn Lager (American), outlets such as The Beer Cafe, the Pint Room and The Living Room would be most happy to get you acquainted and even help you make the choice. If you, like most tipplers, are new to the journey, here's some advice.

"White beers or wheat beers (such as Weihenstephaner Hefeweiss) tend to be the softest in the taste profile and are creamy and nutty with typical notes of coriander seeds. They would be a good start to your beer journey," says Magandeep Singh, an expert on beers and wines.

Blonde beers (such as Estrella Damm Barcelona) could be your next stop. These are more bitter than white beers and some of these have notes of toasted biscuit. Indian pale ales (such as the Brooklyn East India Pale Ale) could be your next A bigger quantity of hops is added for preservation. Look for brightly bitter and rich, fruity notes. Dark beers or ales (such as Chimay) carry notes of caramel, coffee, chocolate, burnt toast, or marmite. Chimay is an example of Trappist beers, which are made by monks and nuns of the Order of Cistercians of the Strict Observance. Only eight brews are certified to carry the tag. Prepare to pay more – prices start from Rs. 400 and go up to Rs. 700 (not inclusive of taxes) for 250 ml to 500 ml, depending on the beer.