The 5 Best Beers to Have With a Curry
Updated: Jun 11
Known for its diverse range of intricate ingredients, tongue tickling flavors, and health benefits, Indian food has become one of the world’s most popular cuisines. From London to Dubai, Bangkok toBrunswick, you can find an Indian restaurant just about anywhere these days.
With this tremendous rise in popularity, a growing demand for pairing your favorite Indian curry with international and craft beers has emerged. The pairing of a good cold beer with a curry can amplify the way we think of Indian cuisine today. With a growing appetite for domestic beer production in India, the country boasts a wide variety of national beer companies who also export around the world.
Bombay Mahal in Brunswick, Maine has been cooking up some of India's most famous dishes for its customers for over 30 years, and additionally carries a range of Indian, domestic, and International wines that are a great compliment to each dish.
Here are 5 of the best beers to pair when dining at an Indian restaurant:
1) Taj Mahal
Brewed from the finest water, grain, hops and yeast, Taj Mahal is a premium Indian lager known globally as one of South Asia’s most popular exports. It is delicious and refreshing with its pale yellow color and subtle malt aromas. It has hints of spicy hops combined with a light and crisp taste to the palate. A go to favorite for diners at Indian restaurants as one of the most popular Indian lagers to enjoy with any creamy curry, rice specialty, and Indian flatbread.
One of the most popular and exported Indian beers globally, Kingfisher has been a favorite at Indian curry houses since the 1970s. The fresh clean taste of this brew goes great with a spicy tikka masala and butter chicken. Being India’s most popular regional beer of choice, Kingfisher can be found all over the country.
This brew was founded in 1989 by Lord Karan Bilimoria in the UK when he noticed that the local lager was too gassy to enjoy with his favorite curry. It was here Cobra was born creating a smoother, less gassy beer to go along with exotic Indian flavors. Its gentle fizz and slight sweetness go perfectly with coconut flavored kormas which makes it a local favorite at curry houses across the United Kingdom.
4) Jaipur IPA
This India pale ale is part of the Thornbridge Brewery founded in Derbyshire in the United Kingdom. The golden pale ale is lightly carbonated with an aroma of lemon and ideal with a curry that is bursting with flavor. Great with a jalfrezi or tikka masala, the powerful malty taste with hints of citrus complements any spicy or creamy curry.
5) Goa Premium Beer
A gluten free brew from India’s vibrant beach state of Goa, this beer has a lovely crisp and light taste with a velvet texture of malt within the beer. It is best enjoyed with spicy curries such as a vindaloo or regional Goan fish curry. The taste of Goa Premium Beer works well with Indian food having a clear aftertaste which helps you enjoy the rich flavor of Indian cooking.