Could anyone suggest some good Indian beers?
Most of the regular beers one finds in an Indian restaurant are fairly bland lagers such as Taj Mahal or Kingfisher. My favorite of the commonly available lagers is Maharaja, which has a little more depth of flavor, with a hint more hops.
The best beer of the region is Lion Stout, from Sri Lanka, a very good, strong (8% alcohol by volume)stout. It has hints of fruit and chocolate and is very drinkable. It is not that overly dry, overly bitter style that some stouts suffer from. Lion also has a lager, which is just so-so.
If you're pairing for Indian cuisine, you're better off going with some good, hoppy IPAs (India Pale Ales).
Stone IPA is a great choice if you can find it. Other good ones are Victory Hop Devil, Bear Republic Racer 5, Anderson Valley Hop Ottin, and Deschutes Quail Springs.
The one I always drank the most of in Bombay was a beer called "London Pilsener". Never seen it in the states... and yes, I did say Bombay. Us old-schoolers will never use the name "Mumbai" :)
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