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Your One Stop Guide To The 30 Best Beer Brands in India: The Savior of Mankind

By Sanjay Gouda

Updated - Oct. 25, 2019 21 min read


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When it comes to alcohol, Nothing spells better than an ice cold Beer. People likely have a tendency to consume beer as they find it a refreshing drink that comfortably goes with any age groups whether it is an oldie or a young. Beer is a favorite drink for all and loved by the nation. This is the drink that perfectly fits with any scene especially well with traveling since one can start a beer party almost anywhere. Whether it’s the hills or the deserts, just open a bottle and start having the time of your life because a lovely conversation and good memories start with a bottle of Beer. So without further ado, let’s just explore 30 of the Best Beer Brands in India.


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We are sure you'll be pleasantly amazed to discover that the listing is a little wider than Kingfisher and Tuborg. From the Exotic Brands to the Country Made and the bottled beers brands like Heineken and Hoegaarden, the offerings would please even the snootiest connoisseur. And don’t care about the beer belly, we hear whispers that it’s a fable, and we’re inclined to trust those mumblings. 


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Beer - The Drink of Nation | Few Facts & Figures

Our nation prides itself on being one of the largest beer consumers in the entire world, and we can’t complain honestly. In addition, the Indian beer industry is booming, with an annual growth of 10% anticipated in drawing close years. The beer was brought to India by the British, who subsequently installation a brewery that produced Asia's first beer - a pale ale, popularly known as LION. However, nowadays, lager is the predominant type of beer available in India. It is available in two strengths - mild (with around 5% alcohol) and a generous strong (with around 6-8% alcohol). Relying on the location, a large 650 ml bottle of beer will value you about 100 rupees at a liquor store, and double or triple that at the bar in India.


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The largest manufacturer of beer in India is Bangalore-based United Breweries, which makes Kingfisher and Kalyani Black Label. The organization dominates about half the market. Global brewing giant SABMiller (now Anheuser-Busch InBev) entered the Indian market in 2000. In 2001, it acquired Mysore Breweries (which makes Knock Out beer), accompanied by Shaw Wallace’s beer brands Royal challenge and Haywards 5000 in 2003. it is the second largest beer producer in India, with a market share of around 25%.



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What's especially noteworthy is the recent upward thrust of craft beer in India. It is anticipated to be a major trend in the future with many new players getting into the marketplace. In case you're inquisitive about Indian craft beers, check out these microbreweries in Bangalore.


1. Kingfisher

Kingfisher isn't just a beer, it’s a religion in itself. One of the finest and Best Beer Brands in India, Kingfisher is the most recognized and extensively available brand that unites beer lovers across the country. This is the one true national player, that regardless of the difficult situation, remains the “King of Good Times”. Exceptional flavor, good price, and great distribution are what makes Kingfisher the most trustable and broadly consumed beer in India.kingfisher

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Key Facts:

Kingfisher was released in India in 1978 and since then it has acquired a massive market share of about 40%, although this has now decreased by 4.3% in recent years according to market studies. The very popular Kingfisher strong, containing around 8% alcohol, leads the Indian beer market. It has more flavor than the regular Kingfisher premium, which has 4.8% alcohol. Another variation is Kingfisher Blue, marketed as the young and trendy. This is also a strong beer with the alcohol content around 8% but it has a very mild watery flavor. Distinctive and full-bodied Kingfisher ultra, crafted from imported ingredients, is the most modern label to hit the marketplace.


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₹ 100.00 For Kingfisher Draught Beer-CAN 500ML.
₹ 125.00 For Kingfisher Premium Lager Beer 650ML.


Alcohol Percentage: 8%

2. Carlsberg

The tagline of Carlsberg “Probably The Best in The World” is ironic because it’s far away from the best even in countries that don’t produce much beer themselves. Surprising even though it’s a notably huge brand, it’s still not available at a number of places. Talking about the taste and flavor, this spiffy beer has grainy bittersweet notes and offers a pretty clean drinking experience. This is the kind of beer you want to sip on by the poolside, and delicately pair a light salad or even a fruit platter with it.


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₹ 100.00 For Carlsberg Elephant Strong Super Premium Beer-CAN-500ML. 
₹ 120.00 For Carlsberg All Malt Premium Beer-CAN-500ML 


Alcohol Percentage: 5%


3. Budweiser

Budweiser is one of the best beer brands available in our country, this legendary American beer has inspired so many beer brands to come into existence. Known for its fresh and light taste, today Budweiser has become synonymous with “beer”. The primary reason to drink Bud is to switch you back to those good vintage days as this will certainly make you happy and help you to rejoice your reminiscences. Savor your bud with a well-done burger and fries combo.


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₹ 100.00 For Budweiser Premium King of Beers 330ML.
₹ 185.00 For Budweiser Magnum Strong Beers 650ML.


Alcohol Percentage: 6.5%

4. Fosters

This mild-colored Australian lager is a full-bodied drink with a rather malty flavor, and it pairs nicely with classic sports night food. Goes well with the chicken wings and pizza!


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₹ 65.00 For Fosters Lager Beer-CAN 330 ML.
₹ 125.00 For Foster's Strong Premium Beer 650ML.


Alcohol Percentage: 6.9%


5. Tuborg

This clever party beer with the handy pull tab is driving our youth with its mighty potency and quite the distinct bitterness. Conveniently available everywhere, this Danish brand has probably unlocked the distribution secret in India like no other. For it to be competent to survive in the market for this long without actually having any taste is an achievement in itself.tuborg

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Key Facts:

Tuborg is a Danish brewing company which was started in 1873 by Carl Frederik Tietgen. Since 1970 it has come under Carlsberg Group. The brewery was set up in Hellerup which is a part of northern Copenhagen, Denmark. It is one of the finest beer and is loved by people because of the combination of fine taste and economical rate.


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₹ 95.00 For Tuborg Green Beer-CANS-500ML.
₹ 120.00 For Tuborg STRONG PREMIUM Beer 650ML.


Alcohol Percentage: 4.8%


6. Haywards

One of the best beer brands in India, the Haywards beer is most recognized for its iconic Haywards 5000, a brew which is one hell of a strong lager. With 7% of alcohol content, this "damdaar" lager has made its remarkable presence for its vintage advertising and of course, a formidable hit that rocked most of North India.


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Key Facts:

The brand was launched in 1974, with the Haywards 2000 mild beer, as an extension of the renowned Haywards liquor brand (which was founded in the early 1900s). Haywards 5000 subsequently hit the market in 1978. In 2015, SABMiller launched a Haywards 5000 BOLD beer that's brewed for 48 hours long and has a full-bodied taste. Haywards also produces a rarer super strong Haywards 10000. Haywards has a market share of nearly 11% and is consumed the most in Rajasthan, Punjab, Haryana, Madhya Pradesh, and Chattisgarh.


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₹ 95.00 For Original Haywards 5000 Super Strong Beer-CANS-500ML.
₹ 70.00 For Original Haywards 5000 Super Strong Beer-CAN 330 ML.


Alcohol Percentage: 7%


7. Godfather

To our amazement, this "Father of God" is unanimously gifted across all the hill stations we tread to in India. Perhaps because it’s a strong brew and a single bottle is enough for its target audience probably the bus/truck drivers to hold awake through the night time driving through the hills. Well, we aren’t complaining either!


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Key Facts:

Godfather is the flagship beer brand of Devans Modern Breweries Limited, a brewing company that commenced operations in Jammu in 1961. The beer comes in three varieties - Strong (7.5% alcohol content), Lager (5% alcohol content) and Lite (4.5% alcohol content). What's unique about Godfather beer is its long-brewing cycle, which lasts for 25 days, as opposed to the usual 12-15 days. This gives it body and a fresher taste. You'll find that Godfather Lager and Lite beers are more bitter than other lagers such as Kingfisher Premium.


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₹ 90.00 For Godfather Strong Beer-CAN 330 ML.


Alcohol Percentage: The beer comes in three varieties - Strong (7.5% alcohol content), Lager (5% alcohol content) and Lite (4.5% alcohol content).


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8. Heineken

Heineken, an iconic Dutch pale lager is almost a perfect combination of flavor, price and is extremely popular across the country and cherished for its relatively strong punch and a full-bodied taste. Acknowledged for its signature green bottle and the red star, this pale lager is available unanimously across thekas and pubs leading it to one of the most popular and best beer brands in India. 


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₹ 190.00 For Heineken Lager Beer 650ML.


Alcohol Percentage: 5%


9. Bira 91

Pass over mainstream beers, Bira 91 (the number stands for India’s country code) is a brand new craft beer that's taking urban India by storm. Introduced in 2015, it's already turned out to be a household call amongst beer fans and is the very best selling premium beer in lots of the capital city bars. The company pursuits to fill the space in the market for a "trendy, unorthodox, fun and smart brand of beer". It's positioned between the mainstream Indian beer brands and steeply-priced imported ones.


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Key Facts:

In order to identify and create beers that would suit the Indian palate, the company's founder spent three months traveling across Europe. Bira 91 started out with two varieties that are much milder (with alcohol content below 5%) than other beers in the Indian market. Bira 91 White Ale is a low-bitterness wheat beer with a hint of spicy citrus, while Bira 91 Blonde is a flavorful lager with extra hops and malt. The company has subsequently introduced strong and light beers. Bira 91 Light is a low-calorie beer with reduced alcohol content (4%) for health-conscious consumers. Bira 91 Strong is a high-intensity wheat beer with an alcohol content of 7%. In a testament to Bira's desirability, the company launched without a marketing campaign and has relied on word of mouth. In May 2017, Bira 91 was featured in the United Nations’ Beer of the Month Program.


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₹ 170-220 For Bira White Beer-CANS-330ML Pint.


Alcohol Percentage: 7%


10. Corona

Pretty polarising drink, Corona is an easy breezy Mexican number and it has a really mild maltiness. Corona is amazing in taste but in terms of pricing, it isn't always affordable by everybody. It's miles an expensive beer and isn't typically present at every place. So to taste this beer you probably need to wind up at high ended clubs. Well, it is still worth attempting at least once in a lifetime.


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₹ 280.00 For Corona Extra Beer 355ML.


Alcohol Percentage: 4.5%


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11. Breezer

Breezer has made all of us lose our alcohol virginity, did you lose the same way?


Bacardi Breezer is essentially a fruit-based alcopop with a varied percentage of alcohol content differ from country to country. For India, it is 4.8% of alcohol. This alcopop comes in a massive range of fruit flavors and pioneered the class of flavored beers which includes: peach, apple, lemon, ruby grapefruit, pineapple, orange, watermelon, cranberry, blackberry, blueberry, pomegranate, lime, raspberry, coconut, mango, and strawberry. Similarly, it's also available in both Pina Colada and chocolate

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₹ 120.00 For Breezer 275ML.


Alcohol Percentage: 4.8%


12. Stella Artois

Quite the sophisticated brew, this Belgian Pilsner is pretty expensive and notoriously absent from most beer stores and bars across the country. Noted to be one of the best beer brands in India, Stella Artois has a well-balanced taste: Pleasantly bitter and a very refreshing finish which is served typically in its special chalice-shaped glasses. This versatile beer is the perfect food accessory, going with everything from flavorful BBQ’s to delicate

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₹ 280.00 For Stella Artois Premium Lager Beer 330ML


Alcohol Percentage: Alcohol content ranging between 4.8% and 5.2%.


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13. Kingfisher Ultra

Kingfisher ultra is the newest addition to Kingfishers house but this Lager which is present from ages remains preferred by the majority. It has the same old flavor and is relatively cheap than the other ones. The ultra is a smoother, classier edition of the original hit machine and makes for a perfect play with desi Chinese or Kathi

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₹ 140.00 For Kingfisher Ultra Lager Beer 650ML


Alcohol Percentage: 4.2%


14. Hoegaarden

One of the most amazing, expensive and best beer brands currently available in India, Hoegaarden makes the cut solely on the basis of its flavors and taste. Featuring the distinct aroma of an orange peel, coriander, and select herbs and a sunny-meets-cloudy look, this is one Belgian wheat beer that works well with a slice of orange and is designed for long lazy

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₹ 280.00 For Hoegaarden Beer 330ML


Alcohol Percentage: 4.9%


15. Asahi Super Dry

Crisp, smooth, and with just a trace of bitterness, this mild golden lager has a subtle citrus aroma and is flavourful, and balanced. Perfectly fits in the class of the best beer brands in India, Asahi Super Dry is a Japanese import beer with a refreshing flavor and is likely the best accompaniment to a steaming bowl of ramen and even grilled yakitori.


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₹ 285.00 For Asahi Super Dry Beer 330ML


Alcohol Percentage: 5%


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16. Budweiser Magnum

Among the strongest beers made in the country, the Budweiser Magnum is possibly the most palatable. Notably smooth, crisp and easy to drink (and gets the job done a lot faster!).best-beers-in-india-Budweiser-magnum

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₹ 185.00 For Budweiser Magnum Strong Beers 650ML


Alcohol Percentage: 6.5%


17. King’s

Aah, here comes the KING! What's Goa without King's, eh? The beautiful beaches of Goa and King's beer go hand in hand. This beer, which unfortunately is only brewed and offered in the state of Goa, is a spotlight of any trip there. A deliciously beachy beer that never truly left the sunshine state of Goa, King’s is the go-to beer for your sun and sand holiday, and the perfect accompaniment to lazy shack afternoons, full of fresh fish and some spicy vindaloo.


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Key Facts: 

Launched in 2015, the King's Black Label premium pilsner is a very light tasting, pale colored beer which is known for its smoky malt aroma. It possesses an alcohol content of 4.85% and is priced very attractively. A small 375 ml bottle will only set you back around 50 rupees at most beach shacks, and half that at a liquor store. No wonder Kings remains a fond memory for many people long after the vacation is over!


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₹ 50.00 For King's Black Label premium pilsner Beer 375ML


Alcohol Percentage: 4.85%


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18. Miller

Another all-American star on our listing, this classic lager is best recognized for its clear bottle and a crisp smooth flavor. Excellent shade, average price, but one will find it tough to hold drinking this beer throughout the night by the campfire without having the temptation of switching to a different one if available. Sip this during a Netflix-Marathon and pair it with buttery popcorn and cheesy nachos.


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₹ 115.00 For Miller High Life Tin 500ML.


Alcohol Percentage: 4.6%


19. Knock Out

Doesn’t the name say it all? The beer that aims to rejoice ‘strong’ men who show a ‘strong’ character, this much-loved desi beer has a whopping 8% alcohol content and is terrific with an extra large portion of your favorite biryani.


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Key Facts: 

Released in 1984, Knock Out beer is particularly popular in the states of Telangana, Karnataka, and Maharashtra. The brand's purpose is to "celebrate strong men who display a strong character". This malt beer does pack a punch! It has a powerful taste and aroma, the alcohol content of 8%, and good carbonation. The brand has about a 9% market share and many loyal drinkers in south India.


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₹ 120.00. For Knock Out Refreshing Strong Beer-PET-650ML.

₹ 170.00. For Knockout Refreshing Strong Beer 1000ML.


Alcohol Percentage: 8%


20. Kalyani

Appropriately fits into the category of the best beer brands in India, Kalyani is the true South Indian legend. Available almost everywhere while one goes journeying down south, and so its place in this listing is justified. This strong lager is described as a smooth mellowed brew with an extra bite. Its alcohol content is a generous 7.8% and it has a surprisingly sweet aftertaste. If you like a beer with plenty of flavors, blindly go for Kalyani.


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Key Facts: 

Kalyani Black Label is one of India's oldest lagers (and some will tell you that it's an old man's drink). It has iconic status in West Bengal, where it was launched in 1969. The beer is named after one of United Breweries' first breweries, in the West Bengal town of Kalyani near Kolkata. It's popular across eastern India as well as Delhi and comes in both premium (mild) and strong varieties.kalyani beer image

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₹ 100.00 For Kalyani Black Label Strong Beer 650ML.


Alcohol Percentage: 7.8%


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21. Guinness Beer

The sole stout on our list, Guinness has a wonderful flavor, hitting those espresso and cocoa notes and serving up sweet, malty love. Swig this beauty with a rich stew, a fine burger, or better relish with some dark chocolate.


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₹ 200.00 For Guinness Beer 650ML.


Alcohol Percentage: 5.6%


22. Tsingtao

This amber-colored Pilsner beer grants a nutty candy taste and a slightly malty flavorTsingtao is a pale lager ale brewed in a Tsingtao Brewery, an Anglo-German brewery in Qingdao on the Eastern Coast of ChinaExtremely refreshing, this Chinese-origin beer pairs nicely with spicy Asian food, and possibly even with your favorite takeout bowl meals.


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₹ 180.00 For Tsingtao Beer 650ML.


Alcohol Percentage: 4.7%


23. Happy By Thirsty

Crisp & Summery, Happy By Thirsty is a sneaky number that starts on a gentle fruity note, but then raises the pace and ends on a mildly bitter note. A terrific day drink, it’s great with every kind of finger food, particularly fried fish and chunky potato

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₹ 170.00 For Happy By Thirsty Beer 650ML.


Alcohol Percentage: 4.5%


24. White Rhino Wit

White Rhino Wit is Belgian-fashioned wheat beer but with a desi twist: It uses Indian rolled wheat and fresh coriander seeds from the Himalayas. light, aromatic and really refreshing, this homegrown marvel works perfectly with the inherent tang of Mexican and Thai food.


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₹ 150.00 For White Rhino Wit Beer 330ML.


Alcohol Percentage: 4.9%


25. Daredevil

The only Devil on our list of the best beer brands in India, Dare Devil is a wheat beer that guarantees complete taste and carbonation but cuts down on the heavy stuff. Fresh off the block, we think you ought to have a guilt-free boozy session by pairing this with a salad or an easy grill.


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₹ 120.00 For Dare Devil Pull-Tab Bottles 650ML.


Alcohol Percentage: 8%


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26. Simba

Simba beer was set up so that the makers could brew the beer they would like to have - flavorful, authentic and made with high-quality ingredients. This is made in small batches using finely crafted recipes and not formulas. The packaging of this beer is dark and simple yet very attractive.beer_brands_india_under_rs_200_simba_image

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₹ 110.00 For Simba 500 ml Bottle


Alcohol Percentage: Strong (7.5% alcohol content), Lager (5% alcohol content) and Lite (4.5% alcohol content)


27. Simona

Established in 2017, Thirsty beers aim to bring back origin to the art of beer and brews. Simona is Thirsty Beer's second product which is a premium wheat beer offering with aromas of banana and a clove-like spiciness. It is a favorite in summers and is brewed using pure wheat malts and live yeast.


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₹ 200.00 For Simona 330 ml Bottle


Alcohol Percentage: 5.5%


28. Sommerweisse

Erdinger is an iconic German brewery and for their new wheat beer, they have crafted Sommerweisse which is made through a process which brings out the flavor and mildly aromatic bitterness particularly well. This beer is aromatic but still remains true to the traditional style. They have also designed a special glass for this beer so that the hop aromas and delicate flavors can be enjoyed to the fullest.beer_brands_india_under_rs_200_sommerweisse_image

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₹ 200.00 For Erdinger Sommerweisse 330 ml Bottle


Alcohol Percentage: 4.60%


29. Chimay

It is an authentic Trappist beer and is recognized by the International Trappist AssociationChimay is brewed within the walls of Trappist Monastery, under the supervision of monks who are also responsible for making and then marketing the beer. The first beer was produced by the monks of Chimay in 1862 and it was in 2013 that it was marketed for the first time. Currently, only 2 versions are available in India - Chimay Gold Blonde Ale and Chimay Red Dark Ale.
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₹ 550.00 For a pint of Chimay


Currently Available: Mumbai


Alcohol Percentage: Chimay Red 7% and Chimay Blue 9% ABV


30. Delirium

Delirium is one of the most popular Belgian beers out there and is easily recognizable due to its pink elephant logo and ceramic bottles. A trip to Brussels is incomplete without a trip to the Delirium Café which serves over 2000 beer! It has an incredibly high volume of alcohol and is exported worldwide. The two flavors available in India are - Delirium Tremens Belgian Strong Blonde Ale and Delirium Nocturnum Belgian Strong Dark Ale.
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₹ 450.00 For a pint of Delirium


Currently Available: Delhi and Mumbai

Alcohol Percentage: 8.5%




Now just don’t be shy to tell us that we have literally spoilt you with choices over the Beers. Seriously! They are just too many, Right?  So, the next time you feel like unwinding yourself partying with your gang or getting a round of your favorite Beer, make a little more informed decision. Know that there is a beer available for every mood and every occasion, and our curated list of the best beer brands in India is all you need to get the gluttony going!



Did we miss out on your favorite beer? Do let us know in the comments section below.


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Q. How do I make beer?
With hops, barley and patience.


Q. How long does beer stay in your system?
A. On average, 6 – 10 hours.


Q. How many beers are in a keg?
A. 165 beers in the keg.


Q. When was beer invented?
A. Beer can trace its roots as far back as Mesopotamia – 5th millennium B.C. or older.


Q. Which country drinks the most beer?
A. We were thinking Texas, but it turns out that the Czech Republic consumes 156 liters of beer per capita, more than any other country, followed by Ireland and Germany.


Q. What happens when we consume excessive beer?
A. The alcohol in beer can harm the liver. Drinking beer and taking medications that can harm the liver can increase the risk of liver damage. 


Q. How long does beer stay in your system? 

A. On average, 6 – 10 hours.


Q. When was beer invented? 

A. Beer can trace its roots as far back as Mesopotamia – 5th millennium B.C. or older.


Q. Which country drinks the most beer? 

A. We were thinking Texas, but it turns out that the Czech Republic consumes 156 liters of beer per capita, more than any other country, followed by Ireland and Germany.




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