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I'm enjoying now Russian beer T from Ol Cerveza produced by Interbeer.
In shop where I went in the morning I have seen almost hundred of sorts of beer from all over the world (price from 1 to 1.8 dollars per 0.5 litre), numerous wines, brands of cigarettes and so on.
I know this is not so good, but think that travellers may find useful to know that even established Indian trademarks of beer as Kingfisher may be of inferiour quality. In January I went to Pubworld in Bangalore (recommended by Lonely Planet, page 813) and talked to one American guy, who was going to help some Indian charity and write a book. He was appalled by quality of local Kingfisher and when I tasted it I agreed - it was sweet.
It's hard to find good beer though in India and if I have chance I would order Sandpiper. If Sandpiper not available I would order light Kingfisher. Beer in India cost generally around 2-3 dollars per bottle. Very rarely owners of bars insist on particular beer. It's happened with me in Tandoor bar & restaurant in Aurangabad (page 729 in LP). Curiously when I visited it it was empty then Australian couple appeared, seduced by inclusion of Tandoor in LP. They sat next to me and also were strongly recommended to take not Kingfisher but other kind. They refused like me. Then we talked a bit and laughed about sinister trick.
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Originally Posted by davyd I know this is not so good, but think that travellers may find useful to know that even established Indian trademarks of beer as Kingfisher may be of inferiour quality.
The problem is not with Indian beer but the weather and conditions in India. Due to this, glycerine is added to the beer distorting the taste. If you drink Kingfisher beer bottled in the UK the taste is noticeably different.
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And be ultra careful as the glycerine in the beer does not agree with all people and can give you the squits.
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Thanks for information about glycerin. Better not to drink beer in India at all especially when I can enjoy the finest beers here at home but on journey we seldom have choice. I remember chang in Sikkim was wonderful drink.
Anybody here can recommend other local drinks of India?
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Well if you're brave there's always the ole Goan Feni!!
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Has anyone had Taj Mahal Premium Lager? I first tried it in a bar on the harbour (here in Sydney) and I loved it! I hate the taste of Kingfisher, Bechs, etc, but had about 6 Taj's. I even loved the bottle and took one home and is now displayed in my room. The bottle has a painting of the Taj Mahal during sunset.
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Originally Posted by GoanCanuck The problem is not with Indian beer but the weather and conditions in India. Due to this, glycerine is added to the beer distorting the taste. If you drink Kingfisher beer bottled in the UK the taste is noticeably different.
Do you know exactly what glycerine does? what's the connection with the weather?

Never really found a great beer in india but was fond of a bottle or 2 of the Sutter House cider, locally produced in HP...very appley
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Its true...if you are brave, try the fenny. And if you like that, there's a whole new world of alcohol waiting for you. Here are some of my recceomendations:

If you go to rural places in Andhra Pradesh (In my case, on the road from H-bad to Pochampalli), you will see pots set at the top of palm trees. Incisions are made on the tree and sap and juice drips into the pots, where it ferments in the sun all day long. You will see men walking around with strange get-ups attatched to their chests. Ask one of them to retrieve some from the tree for you. If you do it in the morning it will not be alcoholic but as the day goes by the potency increases. They will serve it to you in a cup made out of a palm branch.
You can find similar things all over India. Another place I experienced it was outside Gaya, but with a slightly different set up.
I have also heard on the AP coast they will bury certain kinds of trash, wait for it to ferment, then drink it...that I have not tried, nor am I planning to.
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If you drink Kingfisher beer bottled in the UK the taste is noticeably different.
So is the price!

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Do you know exactly what glycerine does? what's the connection with the weather?
It's another form of alcohol, used as a preservative. I prefer hops.


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Originally Posted by goangoangone It's another form of alcohol, used as a preservative. I prefer hops.


I have seen people removing (some of) the glycerine by inverting the beer bottle into a glass of water and just watch that heavy glycerine tumble out!

too impatient myself for this....
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I've heard of that but wasn't sure how they did it. I'll try it now......with someone else's beer, of course.

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Try Himalan Blue (Sikkim) or some of the smaller varieties. Kingfisher is awful but I might get one just to try that trick. I have a bottle of Fenny and it varies widely. One of these days when I am totally free for a longish period I'll go at it..
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Originally Posted by davyd ......I remember chang in Sikkim was wonderful drink.
Anybody here can recommend other local drinks of India?
Chhang is just great . and other local drinks:
1. The people of Kerala produce a potent rice spirit that they call “Arrack”. Maybe, this drink is called “Hariya” in West Bengal. A very common drink in Santhali community.

2. Liquor made from the Mahua flower. I just wanted to quote:

In Madhya Pradesh the tribals produce another highly potent liquor from the Mahua flower. No name and no marketing. You either go there and drink it or you don’t get it. It is probably the best of the Indian spirits. No hangover and the kick of a regiment of mules. And it tastes good. Smooth as silk and a mild undefinable flavour of flowers rather like Carlsberg freshly brewed. Tequila would lose in any competition with Mahua.” - http://www.gourmetindia.com/pgview.php?id=234

Drink made from Mahua flower is not restricted to MP only, but this is very popular in tribal belts of West Bengal, Bihar, Jharkhand and Orissa. This is a different drink but the aroma is very strong. One or two piece of roasted clove can easily solve the problem .
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Right now must be Urak season in Goa, another strange tasting alchoholic drink made from the cashew apples I believe. A bike ride in the country will alert you that something is going on!!

I like it mixed with Limca!!
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