Discover Beers with ICC World Cup
It is ICC World Cup time, for month and a half India will be in a frenzy trying to stay abreast of which country is taking top positions, how their favorite players are performing – on field and fantasy teams, and most importantly scrutinize team India’s performance.
We think the gentleman’s sport is best enjoyed with beer, a perfect fit for leisurely matches and those nail biting moments of the last over. Here we’ve listed beers that are popular in the participating teams home countries. If you get the opportunity, do try them out.
Australia – Coopers Brewery
The story begins in 1862 when Thomas Cooper accidentally discovered his brewing capabilities while creating a tonic for his ill wife. The brewery is more than 150 year old and has stayed within the family. Coopers most popular beers are the Pale Ale and Sparkling Ale.
England – Shepherd Neame
Lucky for us, some of Shepherd Neame’s beers are available in India. They also happen to be Britain’s oldest brewer with more than 20 ales and lagers in their portfolio. Keep a lookout for their IPA and Canterbury Jack in wine shops near you.
India – Kingfisher (+ Indian Craft Beers)
Whether we like it or not, Kingfisher is India’s beer brewed by United Breweries and owned by the flamboyant Vijay Mallya. The company’s history goes back to 1915 with 5 breweries in south India, today they are one of the biggest players in the commercial beer segment in the country.
At this point we also must talk about the fledgling craft beer industry in India who are doing a tremendous job in creating an alternative to commercial beers. Do give the likes of Doolally, Gateway Brewing Co, Arbor Brewing Co, Windmills and Toit a try.
Ireland – Guinness
If it is Ireland it has to be Guinness. The world famous Irish stout producer’s story starts in the 1700s with Arthur Guinness signing a 9000 year lease on a disused brewery at St. James’s Gate, Dublin. The brewery covered four acres and consists of a copper, a kieve, a mill, two malthouses, stabling for 12 horses and a loft to hold 200 tons of hay.
After a few years of gap Guinness is back in India, and soon you can get it soon via Hipcask certified retailers. So download the app now!
New Zealand – Speight’s Brewery
The brewery was set up in Dunedin by James Speight, Charles Greenslade and William Dawson in 1876. The ale has been awards since 1880 also to be rebranded as Golden Medal Ale. The brewery is currently owned by Japanese holding company Lion.
Pakistan – Murree Brewery
Being born as a result of the partition of the Indian subcontinent, Pakistan too has many colonial remnants. Murree Brewery is one of them. The brewery started out to fulfill the requirements of the British Army posted in Punjab. In 2013, reports mentioned that Murree is looking for a local partner in India to bring their beers here.
Scotland – BrewDog
This is Scotland’s landmark craft beer brewed by two passionate beer lovers – James Watt and Martin Dickie. They started out in 2007 with a I-give-a-damn attitude about the commercial beer industry. BrewDog’s Punk IPA has always been the most popular brew since day one. Their fame has grown so much that they export their brews to Scandinavia and China. They are yet not available in India, but they are actively searching for locations in New Delhi.
South Africa – Mitchell’s Brewing
One of the earliest craft brewery in South Africa, Mitchell’s started in 1983 producing only 2 beers for the local areas of Knysna. Today they have 5 beers and an apple cider in their portfolio but the original Forester’s Lager and Bosun’s Bitter remain the ever popular choice.
Sri Lanka – Lion Beer
This beer has the acclaim of being Asia’s first beer, also an IPA, which was first brewed in India. Today Lion is available only in Sri Lanka with The Ceylon Brewery which strated in 1860 when Sir Samuel Baker decided to set up a brewery in Nuwara Eliya. The beer with a long heritage was introduced to the island nation in 1880s. After beers like Pale Ale, Sinha Pilsner the three brands which still dominate are Lion Lager, Lion Strong and Lion Stout.
The West Indies – West Indies Beer Co
On the island of Grenada in the West Indies, there is a microbrewery that has been brewing up a storm. West Indies Beer Company and its founder Mark Heath set up shop almost 2 years ago under protective wing of True Blue Bay Resort serving guest their beers. The one fashioned after the Old Speckled Hen and named Dockside is quite popular.
Zimbabwe – Chibuku
It looks nothing like beer and you need to give the pint a proper shake before you sip on it. This opaque beer made from maize and sorghum is a tribal product but it is slowly becoming popular across the world. It has a thick consistency, thick head and a biting taste due to continuous fermentation.
Featured Image: Indian versus Australia Warm Up Match prior to World Cup 2015. Courtesy International Cricket Council (ICC).