“If there’s one ingredient that can set good beer and great beer apart, it is the quality of water,” says Delhi-based Rishabh Ranjan. This is precisely what got the ex-Uber employee to ditch regular water and brew his new line of beer in Bhutan with Himalayan spring water. “The water adds to the crispness of the beer,” he says.
Ranjan’s Beor 360 has hit Delhi’s markets with two variants—lager and wheat beer, which is essentially brewed with a larger proportion of wheat instead of malted barley. All ingredients are imported from different parts of the world: warrior hops from Czech Republic, yeast from France and orange peels from Paraguay. While the lager has restrained malt notes of honey and bread, the wheat beer has subtle notes of clove, banana, orange peel, chamomile and coriander. Chamomile is an unusual ingredient in beer, concedes Ranjan. “We wanted to try something new. The botanical adds a whiff of aroma to the beverage, while the orange peel lends it a citrusy flavour.”
Ranjan’s love for beer stemmed from his college days at Purdue University in the US and IE Business School in Spain. Many Indian players tend to veer towards European countries to craft their brews, he says, but he wanted to stay closer home. “The shipping time between Bhutan and India is negligible as compared to Europe and India. We get our beer probably a month after it’s been packaged. But with Europe, by the time it clears customs, etc., the beer is probably four months into its life. Our beers tend to be fresher due to the proximity,” he explains.
Beor 360 is currently available at nearly 150 outlets in Delhi, both at restaurants and liquor stores, and is expecting to expand to Gurugram and other metropolitan cities soon. Here’s where you can find it.