While cities like Mumbai, Gurgaon and Bangalore have lots of microbreweries serving varieties of beers, Goa has sadly been lacking there. But not anymore, with the opening of Goa’s first microbrewery Susegado!
Goa's First Microbrewery Ever Has Opened In Baga, & They're Serving Mango Beer!
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Susegado is derived from a Portuguese word, which means quiet or quiet life. This word has become synonymous with what Goan life is all about.
Located in Baga and sharing the premises with the Habanero Mexican restaurant, this microbrewery is helmed by Aditya Challa the master brewer. Trained in beer brewing in Edinburgh, he helmed a 1.5 million dollar award winning Beer Brewery called Jungle Beer in Singapore. Those beers have won ‘Best in the World’, ‘Best in Singapore’ and ‘Gold in Stout’ awards in various categories at the Beerfest Asia in the past.
After moving back to India, he was the Head Brew Master for Prost Brewpub in Bangalore, before setting up Susegado here in Goa.
He may not be a fan of perfecting old world beer styles, but loves using local ingredients that are a part of the culture in his beers. Hence we have a Mango flavoured wheat beer for example, which has to be my favourite.
Currently they have 3 varieties of beers, with a fourth to be launched soon. And the best part, one gets his beers at multiple outlets across Goa and this number will keep increasing.
Currently other than Habanero, it is available in the Marriot Hotel in Miramar, Joseph’s Bar in Fontainhas in Panjim, The Hopping Frog Hostel in Anjuna and will be available at the Taj Vivanta in Panjim from August 4.
At Susegado, they use only quality natural ingredients and give each of their ingredients some quality time to make the perfect beers. And if that is not enough, they keep their yeast entertained during its three weeks of fermentation and conditioning with entertainment by Goa’s top musicians they say.
To start off with, try their Dorado Beer, which is an Indian Pale Ale. Staying true to the tradition of Ales, this Golden Ale has a strong hops character with a satisfying bitter finish.
Then comes Patrao, loosely meaning ‘Boss’ or ‘Big Man’ in Goan Konkani and which rightly defines their light bodied & dark, Vanilla Porter beer. Here chocolate and caramel malts are perfectly complemented by vanilla notes in their modern interpretation of a London Classic.
Trigo in Portuguese means wheat, and just like the Germans who call their wheat beers ‘Weizen’, so does this Goa inspired Mango Wheat Beer. The sharpness of the wheat malt is mellowed with hints of Alphonso Mango, making it the perfect tropical summer drink.
And coming in soon will be ‘Farol’, which means ‘lighthouse’ in Portuguese, Why so called you say, as this will be the collective favourite Dortmund style Lager, but aspiring to be a Beacon in a world of bland lagers.
Follow their Facebook page to check which new places they are available at!