Food: Micropub flavours craft beer with Himachali apples, Kerala coffee

Feb 18, 2016, 08:20 IST | Dhara Vora

Apples from Himachal and coffee from Kerala have just been given a boozy twist by Doolally

There was a lot to catch at the Make In India event currently underway at Bandra’s MMRDA grounds. All the hobnobbing and hankering for sweet business deals was bound to leave you hungry and thirsty. We headed straight to the food court, and were glad with our choice. From baos to thalis, we found options for every kind of eater. Some of the city’s popular eateries including Rajdhani (very popular), Olive, The Fatty Bao, Social, Smoke House Deli as well as a few fast food chains had set up shop.

(From left) Honey Mead, Apple Cider and Coffee Porter.
(From left) Honey Mead, Apple Cider and Coffee Porter. Pic/Sayed Sameer Abedi

On our agenda was to try the craft beer by Doolally, made using regional produce, thereby sticking to the theme of the event. These included their popular Apple Cider, a tasty, fizzy drink made from apples from Himachal Pradesh. It’s perfect for those who dislike beer and prefer their drinks sweet. Next up was Honey Mead, which is made using honey from the Sunderbans. Lighter in colour than the cider and easier on the palate, it was the perfect summer drink.

The mead, again, has a sweet tinge due to the honey, so for those who prefer their beer bitter, go for the Coffee Porter, made using coffee beans from Kerala.

The flavour of the beans was un-missable, and thankfully, did not overpower the beer but added to its dark flavour. It had a great head and reminded us instantly of the froth on freshly served filter coffee. Expected to arrive today will be the Mango Cider, which is made from Gujarat’s famous kesar mangoes. Other brews were on offer too.

All varieties are available at Doolally’s Bandra and Andheri outposts.

At: Dalia Industrial Estate, off New Link Road, Andheri (W) and KC Marg, Bandra (W).

What goes in a beer?
Craft beers are made at microbreweries which produce small batches of beer. A beer is brewed by fermenting grains — can be malted barley, wheat or rice. Hops, which are flowers of the hop plant add to the bitterness to the beer. Water is added and yeast is used to ferment the beer.

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