Bira 91 – India’s Craft Brew Champs

Bira 91 is a craft beer brand manufactured by B9 Beverages Pvt. Ltd. It was launched in 2015. The company’s first brewery unit was located in Flanders region of Belgium where a craft distillery was used to contract manufacture the beer with ingredients from France, Belgium, Himalayas and Bavarian Farms and the beer was imported to India. After initial success, the company thereafter began manufacturing the beer in India with the same ingredients. Made from wheat, barley and hops, the beer is available in draft, 330ml, 650ml bottles and 500ml cans. B9 Beverages Pvt Ltd was founded by Ankur Jain, an entrepreneur who moved from India to the United States in 1998. Jain completed his degree in Computer Science from Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago.

Jain moved back to India and started his first beer venture in 2008; which was importing traditional craft beers from Europe and US to India. B9 Beverages launched Bira 91 beer in early 2015. The company has five beers in its portfolio – Bira 91 White (a low bitterness wheat beer with alcohol content of 4%), Bira 91 Blonde (an extra hoppy craft lager), Bira 91 Light (a low calorie lunchtime lager), Bira 91 Strong (a high intensity wheat beer with a higher percentage of alcohol content at 7%), and The Bira 91 Indian Pale Ale (the first IPA brewed and bottled in India). Bira 91 garnered unprecedented success amongst Indians due to its distinct taste that is low on the expected bitterness of beer.

Bira 91 made its International debut in New York City at the Tribeca Film Festival 2016 where it was the chief sponsor of beer. It claims to be the first craft beer from India to be sold in New York. In May 2018, Bira 91 was the beer for the month of May at the United Nations global headquarters in New York. The monkey mascot was designed considering the urban millennial as the key consumer of Bira 91 and with the idea of presenting the brand with a playful identity.

Kolasinac Goes On Loan

Arsenal defender Sead Kolasinac has agreed to rejoin Schalke 04 on loan for the remainder of the season the club announced on Thursday. The defender will head back to the club that he joined as a youth and went on to become a first-team regular before moving to north London in 2017. Schalke is in last place in the Bundesliga, without a league win since last season in January. Kolasinac signed from Schalke in 2017 and will return to the Bundesliga club who sit at the bottom of the league table amid a winless run of 28 matches.

The 27-year-old has only made one Premier League appearance this season and was used mainly in cup competitions such as the Europa League and League Cup. The loan deal is subject to the completion of legal and regulatory processes and is effective from Jan. 4. “Sead needs to be playing regularly, so we have decided together that a move back to Germany with Schalke will benefit him at this moment,” Arsenal technical director Edu said in a statement.

The full-back made 113 appearances for Arsenal, helping the team reach the 2019 Europa League final against Chelsea. Meanwhile, Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has said that more players are likely to leave on loan as they aim to trim their large squad. Arsenal travel to West Bromwich Albion on Saturday and manager Sam Allardyce wanted a pause in the season to act as a “circuit break.” However, Arteta, who contracted the virus in March, said the show must go on.

ROSHAN’S ELEVEN: First 11 Songs Listened To In 2021

Every year on January 1st, I post about the first 11 songs that I listen to on my Mp3 player on my system. I pick them at random or like today when I specifically selected a couple of songs because I was thinking about them. This year, like last, I listened to them on Youtube instead of from my mp3 collection.

  • No Surrender – Judas Priest
  • Separate Ways – Journey
  • She Sells Sanctuary – The Cult
  • Black Velvet – Alannah Myles
  • I Would Walk 500 Miles – The Proclaimers
  • The Letter – Tedeschi Trucks Band
  • The Actor – Michael Learns To Rock
  • Fade To Black – Metallica
  • Barracuda – Hearth
  • Easy Lover – Phil Collins/Philip Bailey
  • See You On The Other Side – Ozzy Osbourne