12 Homegrown Beer Brands To Try Out This Summer

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When it comes to beer, there's no specific time to go vocal for local. But with summers in full swing, we thought we might as well introduce you to the best of the best homegrown beer brands that deserve a shelf (or ten) in your fridge! All the Indian beer brands (okay, we have a few surprises too) listed below are available in different parts of the country in either bottled or canned forms with pricing and availability varying according to state excise laws. 

LBB Tip: We'll be constantly updating this list as and when we try new Indian beer brands, so make sure you bookmark this recommendation.

Bee Young

Bee Young

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Known as India's first strong craft beer, Bee Young is a smooth, citrusy blend of goodness. The alcohol content is 7.2% which is a tad more than the usual amount, playing into the 'strong' USP of the brand. It is crafted with 100% sortex rice but what we love the most about the brand is that the pints come in 500 ml bottles which is perfect—not too much, not too little! The cans are available in 500 ml, whereas the pints are found in 500 and 650 ml. 

Price: INR 110 onwards 

Available In: Delhi, Uttrakhand, Uttar Pradesh, and Punjab 

Lone Wolf

A fairly new brand on the block, Lone Wolf has been making big waves in the beer community for its elegant taste, premium packaging, and humble price point. With a year long shelf-life, the beer is brewed in Punjab. At the moment it comes in two variants—Lone Wolf Strong and Lone Wolf Mild Lager. For someone who isn't a beer drinker, it is safe to say that even the strong beer was yum and pretty good-tasting for a beginner! The beers have a citrusy, fresh taste to them making them perfect for the summers. They come in pints and cans. 

Price: A can of the Lone Wolf Strong beer is for INR 110 in Delhi, and a pint of their Mild Lager is for INR 85.

Available In: Delhi, Haryana, and Chandigarh

Pro Tip: We tested out both the beer variants! Here's our verdict.

Godfather Beer

Godfather Beer, popular in North India for the past 25 odd years still upholds it's quality, supremacy, and taste, making us keep going back to it! It is one of India's top selling beers with its smooth, full bodied flavour. They froth a variety of styles to cater to different pallets—Super Strong, which comes with the boldness of hops with a blend of golden wheat. Super 8 which is the strongest beer in India with 8% abv., smooth and super intense! And Legendary, which is a refreshing delight. We got our hands on the canned Legendary variant which comes with 7.2% abv. it's light, full bodied and surprisingly liked by people who aren't beer lovers too! 

LBB Tip: The brewing cycle is 25 days which gives the beer an extra punch of freshness.  

Price: In North India INR 110 upward

Available In: Pan-India 

Simba Beer

An emerging cult favourite when it comes to beer, Simba with its flagship brewery in Chhattisgarh, produces small batches instead of bulk to focus on top-notch quality and refinement, or as they say, no "monkey business." They have three main variants of beer—Simba Wit which is a modern Indian take on the classic Belgian Wit style. It is light bodied and refreshing, with slight citrusy notes and hints of lemongrass. Simba Stout which is India’s first bottled stout, crafted for easy drinking and low-bitterness, perfect for people exploring beer. And Simba Lager which is smooth and fresh, brewed for those with refined taste. If you have a beer palette, you know which to pick. 

Price: INR 130 onward in Delhi 

Available In: Mumbai, Delhi, Bangalore, Kolkata, Assam, and other 11 states. 

Arbor Brewing Company, India

Originally American, Arbor Brewing Co. can be counted among the handful of craft beer revolutionaries in India. Arbor started India’s first American-style brewpub in Bangalore way back in 2012 and soon became synonymous with American style IPAs. Cut forward to 2018, when they forayed into the retail space by launching their beer in cans, brewed at a state of the art solar-powered facility in Goa. Initially, their brews were available in Goa, and a little later, much to the joy of beer lovers across the city, they hit stores in Bangalore.  They currently have three variants, which include: Easy Rider, an American Wheat Ale, Bangalore Bliss, a German-style Wheat Beer, and the Beach Shack IPA, a bold, American style IPA. When things settle down, I intend to go to Goa and sip on a Beach Shack at a beach shack. Beach Shack-ception? 

Price: Between INR 170 and INR 190 (Bangalore)

Available In: Bangalore (Bangalore Bliss and Beach Shack IPA) and Goa (All three variants)

Goa Brewing Co.

Goa Brewing Co. has become synonymous with out of the box beer and design. They are known for quirky takes on beer styles, and stay true to their tag of ‘Non-Conformist Beer’. Eight Finger Eddie, their signature IPA has oats, and lactose. Their Saison has pineapples, and their Wheat Ale has blood oranges and calamansi. Even Saint & Sinner, their Abbey-style Belgian dark ale is made using coconut jaggery. Finally, after all that beer, wake up the next morning, and sip on their Breakfast Cereal Stout, which is made using cornflakes, rice puffs, and cocoa for that chocolaty finish! Of course, there is lactose to round out the creamy feeling of having milk with your cereal! And I have to say, they have the most eye-catching labels I’ve seen in this country.

Price: Between INR 150 and INR 190 (Bangalore)

Available In: Bangalore, Maharashtra, and Goa.

Kati Patang

Kati Patang soared into Delhi in late 2018 and unconventionally launched with an Amber Ale. With notes of caramel and toffee rounded out with a floral and gentle citrus finish, this is quite different from the usual offering of wheat beer. They went on to launch a wheat beer with a twist –one with notes of ginger and turmeric. Their latest offering is the Saffron Lager, which we hear is a clean, crisp lager with subtle notes of saffron. Kati Patang retails in Himachal Pradesh, Delhi, Mumbai, and Bangalore, with plans to also launch in Chandigarh and Haryana.

LBB Tip: Kati Patang was originally brewed in Bhutan and shipped to India. Today, they brew at the oldest brewery in India, at Solan, in Himachal Pradesh.

Price: Between INR 130 and INR 180 (Delhi) 

Available In: Himachal Pradesh, Delhi, Mumbai, and Bangalore, with plans to also launch in Chandigarh and Haryana.



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Okay, before you are all up in arms, yes, I know this isn’t craft beer. Moonshine definitely deserves a mention. Really, you can’t go wrong with mead. After all, its booze made from honey! Dating back to around 7,000 BC, it’s also the oldest alcoholic beverage in the world. It is said to be from the land and time of Vikings, and was only reserved for royalty. Thanks to Moonshine, we can all drink Mead. I guess that means we’re all royals now! (Sorry Lorde!) Moonshine has three flagship meads – Apple Cyder Mead, Traditional Mead, and Coffee Mead. They also do their ‘Meadlab Series’ of special, limited-edition releases, which have included some very interesting meads, such as Hopped Mead (yes hops, as in the same stuff that goes into beer!), Chocolate Orange Mead, Christmas Pie Mead, Bourbon Oaked Apple Mead, and Guava Chilli Mead. And of course, because we have the best mangoes in the world here in India, they’ve also released a Mango Chilli Mead as part of their latest Meadlab series!

LBB Tip:  Moonshine is touted to be India's and Asia’s first meadery!

Price: Between INR 185 and INR 199 (Maharashtra)

Available In: Maharashtra and Goa

Siqera Cider

Okay, this one isn’t a beer either, but we love all things craft! Siqera currently has two variants—Apple, and Mango cider, with more variants planned. A cider is essentially fermented fruit juice. While they don’t have bitterness like beer, the sweetness is balanced out by tartness. Water can also be added while making cider, to regulate the sweetness. While ciders can have varying strengths of alcohol, Siqera keeps theirs at around 9% ABV.

LBB Tip:  Siqera is touted to be India’s first dedicated cidery and is the first Indian brand to retail cider.

Price: Between INR 180 and INR 200 (Haryana) 

Available In: Haryana with plans to enter Delhi and Chandigarh.


Bangalore-based craft brewery Geist launched their crowlers (canned growlers) in March 2021 with five variants—Uncle Dunkel, Witty Wit, James Blond, Silly Pint, and Kamacitra. The James Blond is delicious—boozy, malty with estery notes of peach, banana and stone fruit, and a healthy dose of phenolic notes of clove, cinnamon and nutmeg. And of course a nice funky aroma, all courtesy of the yeast. The Kamacitra is outstanding and has claimed the top spot for bottled/canned IPA, in my opinion. Juicy, with notes of green mango, and a lush mouthfeel, this was a treat! The Silly Pint is a session strength India pale lager, quite dry, and with a grainy mouthfeel. It was refreshing and easy-drinking. 

LBB Tip: Geist is touted to be South India’s first distribution craft brewery.  

Price: Between INR 225 and 249 (Bangalore)

Available In: Bangalore only 

Maka Di

Maka Di has a portfolio of four beers (and experimental beers)—a Belgian Blanche, Honey Ale, Bavarian Kellerbier, Belgian Tripel. An interesting line-up of which I've tried the Kellerbier and Tripel (my top favourites) followed by the Blanche, and the Honey Ale at the bottom.  The Belgian Tripel on the nose has mostly the right aromas— bananas, stone fruit and a slight floral hop character. What I'm really missing is that characteristic funk that the Belgian yeast imparts to this kind of beer. On the palate, it's nice and dry, so the 7.9% ABV is quite well hidden. This beer has fairly strong carbonation and a fairly full mouthfeel.

LBB Tip:  I've never had a Belgian Tripel that's been pasteurized

Price: Between INR 69 and INR 145 (Goa), Between INR 150 and INR 230 (Bangalore), Between INR 80 and INR 120 (Chandigarh) and Between INR 150 and INR 295 (Maharashtra) 

Available In: Goa, Bangalore, Mumbai, and Chandigarh. 

White Rhino Brewing Co.

We saved the best for the last. Founded in 2016, White Rhino Brewing Co. is the first retail craft beer brand to brew and bottle their beer in India. They started with two variants—a Belgian Wit, and a Lager. In 2017, they added an IPA or India Pale Ale, and in 2019, a Pale Ale to their repertoire.

LBB Tip:  They export their beers to the UK and Nepal. Talk about putting the 'India' in India Pale Ale!

Price: Between INR 170 and 195 (Bangalore)

Available In: Chandigarh, Delhi, Gurgaon, Punjab, and Bangalore, with Bangalore having all four variants, while the rest have some combination of their variants.

Disclaimer: The first four brands have been recommended by Team LBB. 


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