Say hello to summer with a lager festival

Drifters Breweries is celebrating lagers with four different varieties on offer in Mumbai and Pune until March 15.

Humans have been brewing beer for centuries. From being stored and fermented in ‘ice caves’ in medieval times to modern cold storages, brewing methods, ingredients and techniques have evolved, as has the appetite for this refreshing beverage.

In India, with the days getting warmer as we approach summer, it’s the perfect time to indulge in some beer. If you’re in Mumbai or Pune, gear up for a lager festival, on at Drifters Breweries until March 15.

One of the newer entrants in the state’s microbrewery space, the master brewer at Drifters, Honza Kocka, uses traditionally processed Czech malts. The brewery boasts four different varieties of lager – German lager, Czech pilsner, Czech amber lager and Vienna lager. Each has distinct flavour profiles, ranging from hoppy and crisp to creamy and malty. Of course, they’ve all been christened interestingly by the brewery, with names such as Charles de Pils for the pilsner or Mozart’s Magic for the Vienna lager and Bohemian Beauty for the medium-bodied Czech amber lager.

And while you can indulge in the festival by visiting the Drifters Tap Station in the Mumbai suburb of Bandra, there is also the option of enjoying it with family and friends in the comfort of your own home. You can order in growlers (1-litre jars) and even avail some great offers in both Mumbai and Pune.

It’s encouraging to see the beverage industry take initiatives such as this to ensure recovery. Although hotels and restaurants across the country are witnessing a somewhat return to normalcy, operating at limited capacity, bars, pubs and breweries, usually more crowded than eateries, are facing stiffer challenges. Now, with delivery in the segment picking up, it should only go to improve revival.

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