The 5 Best Indian Beers to Have With Indian Food
Updated: Jan 7
Known for its diverse range of intricate ingredients, tongue tickling flavors, & health benefits, Indian food has become one of the world’s most popular cuisines. From London to Dubai, Bangkok to Brunswick, you can find an Indian restaurant just about anywhere these days.
With this tremendous rise in popularity, a growing demand for pairing your favorite Indian curry with international and craft beers has emerged. The pairing of a good cold beer with a curry can amplify the way we think of Indian cuisine today. With a growing appetite for domestic beer production in India, the country boasts a wide variety of national beer companies who also export around the world and brew locally.
Bombay Mahal in downtown Brunswick, Maine, one of New England's oldest ethnic restaurants has been serving up some of India's most famous dishes for over 35 years. The beverage selection offered is a mix of Indian and domestic craft beers which compliment the menu, alongside a curated selection of hand picked global wines.
Here are 5 of the best Indian Beers to Pair with Indian Food:
Brewed specially to pair with Indian, spicy and world cuisine, Rupee is brewed by a world renewed master beer brewer and an award-winning Indian chef. Fast becoming the go to Indian beer available at Indian restaurants, its multi-award winning lager recipe is brewed premium with rice, malted barley, maize and three types of unique hops. It's 4.75 ABV is well balanced, smooth and has lower levels of carbonation, allowing Rupee to have won several awards as a beer designed specially for Indian food lovers & craft beer drinkers.
Owned by Indian beer giant United Breweries, Taj Mahal is a premium Indian lager known globally as one of South Asia’s most popular exports only available for export and not served in India. It is delicious and refreshing with its pale yellow color and subtle malt aromas. It has hints of spicy hops combined with a light and crisp taste to the palate. A go to favorite for diners at Indian restaurants as one of the most popular Indian lagers to enjoy with any creamy curry, rice specialty, and Indian flatbread.
One of the most popular and exported Indian beers globally, Kingfisher has been a favorite at Indian curry houses since the 1970s. The fresh clean taste of this brew goes great with a spicy tikka masala and butter chicken. Being India’s most popular regional beer of choice, Kingfisher can be found all over the country.
4) Cobra Beer
Founded in 1989 by Lord Karan Bilimoria in the United Kingdom, Cobra has a gentle fizz and slight sweetness which pair perfectly with coconut flavored kormas & spicy Indian vindaloos, which makes it a local favorite at curry houses across the United Kingdom. Locals can find Cobra across popular Indian eateries in Central London and Indian neighborhoods such as Southall, Tooting, Wembley & East London's iconic Brick Lane known as Curry Mile.
5) Bira 91
Known as India's first craft brewery, Bira 91 offers a variety of differently brewed beers including a light, blonde, white, strong, and Indian Pale Ale (IPA). Brewed with wheat, barley & hops, the beers offered are seen as a trendy alternative to several of Indian's more traditional breweries with the beer segment.