Some times you think more than beers and you’re so obsessed with it that you start doing the following things here are a few thoughts on translating popular beer styles in india into popular Indian character.
Phoolan’s IPA (Rebelliously Bitter)
Phoolan Devi, popularly known as the ‘Bandit Queen of India’ and very famous for her rebel character. Phoolan Devi transcended her traumatic life to become the Member of Parliament. She was born into a poor household considered girls as a burden. She was married off at a very young age to a man much older. Her husband committed a lot of atrocity on her, which eventually forced her to abandon her husband. She had to undergo further humiliation as she was abused at several other occasions before she decided to become a gun-wielding dacoit. She became a dangerous and dreaded dacoit before surrendering to spend 11 years in prison. After her release from the prison, Phoolan decided to lead a dignified life and became a politician. However, she could not spend many years of her life as a politician as she was shot dead outside her Delhi bungalow in 2001.
Her rebellious attitude came to the fore when she was just 10 years old. When one of Phoolan’s cousins suggested the idea of cutting down a neem tree which was rooted in a piece of farmland that belonged to the family’s ancestors, the idea was rejected by Phoolan. All these early life events made her very rebellious, harsh in her language and character as well as very strong internal self-defense. Similarly, American IPA beer style is rebelliously bitter, Harsh and strong in alcohol with a dry finish and that leads to Strong support to malt eventually creating a range of hop character to shine through.
Pehlwaan The Haryanvi Stout Beer
Pahlawan is a heavyweight is a boxer or wrestler in the heaviest class. Pahalwans are very common in Haryana ( north India). They do a minimum of five thousand baithaks (Hindustani word for squats) (avg. speed 100-200 squats per minute) and three thousand dands (Hindustani word for pushups) (avg. speed 50-100 pushups per minute) in a day and even sometimes more within 30 to 45 minutes each by wearing a doughnut-shaped wrestling apparatus called a Hasli of 1 Quintal (approx. 100 kilos).
Similarly, Stout beer style is very strong in terms of rich, deep and frequently quite intense, with variable amount of roasted malt with higher color units gives intense maltiness , fruity esters, hop bitterness and alcohol from medium to aggressively high bitterness in terms of chocolate, cocoa and strong coffee and a slight hint of burnt grains gives lingering harness on tongue.
Byomkesh The Premium Lager Beer
Byomkesh Bakshi is an Indian-Bengali fictional detective created by Sharadindu Bandyopadhyay. Referring to himself as a “truth-seeker” in the stories, Bakshi is known for his proficiency with observation, logical reasoning, and forensic science which he uses to solve complicated cases, mostly murders.
In brewing context, a premium lager beer style in our opinion is very proficient for the Indian palate in terms of crisp, dry, grainy and malty sweetness, also the high level of carbonation its this beer is the truth – seeker for the Indian beer drinker. One the other hand hops range from none to low level it is logically reasonable like Byomkesh with no diacetyl and no fruitiness.