Bira Boom Super Strong Lager

The rich and malty Boom Strong is a malt flavoured beer with notes of honey and biscuit. The makers have achieved a balance between the flavours of noble hops. The different ingredients include water, barley malt, rice, hops, yeast, CO2 and ethyl alcohol.

Based on the Munich style lager, it has a rich and nicely thick pillowy head but smell wise it is a lot like most lagers. It isn’t as bitter as most lagers, targeting the Millennial crowd and it is easy to drink. It is around 8 ABV but less on sugar.

Bro Code 15

Bro Code is not a traditional type of beer. It is actually a Brut IPA and does not actually taste like a traditional beer.

So this new experiment which actually gained popularity in 2018, came out when the Brut style of Champagne making is mixed with IPA, giving it a new name Brut IPA. So Bro Code is not actually a 100% beer but a Brut IPA.

It combines the bone-dry aspect of a Champagne in an India Pale Ale. In this process, the residual sugar of the beer is converted into alcohol. Brut IPA lacks the taste of hops, hence the bitterness of the beer is lacking. it was created by Kim Sturdavant in late 2017, the brewmaster of Social Kitchen and Brewery in San Francisco, who used amyloglucosidase, or AMG, to remove the sugars in an IPA. Bro Code is manufactured by Indospirit, which also has a manufacturing unit in Goa.

They launched the Bro Code in January 2018, It is essentially a sparkling wine cooler that is smooth & refreshing. A roaring success in the Indian market, BroCode is the spirit of brotherhood as their slogan says. Any occasion, any reason, no occasion or simply no reason, chill with the perfect sidekick by your side. Bro Code 15 has 15% alcohol in it.

Edit – I tried it and it’s terrible. Couldn’t drink more than a few sips. Poured the rest down the sink.

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.

Will Skip The Bars For Now

A few short days ago the state government decided that they would reopen the bars for people to come in and order drinks and food. The bars will no longer be allowed to sell bottles of beer and alcohol to customers at the retail price. You see the bars usually sell their wares at a huge profit (a 650 ml beer bottle that costs Rs.100-120 at a Bevco outlet is usually charged at anywhere between Rs.250-350 at a nice bar). During Covid the bars were not allowed to serve drinks and food but the public can buy the bottles off them for the regular price.

That is how I have been buying beer these past few months. I also bought a bottle of Old Monk Rum and 2 bottles of brandy for my dad. I have bought them from a private club and from a nice bar. Now I won’t be able to do so from a bar but I can get them from Bevco outlets and the private club. However I plan to try to get some beer from a BevCo outlet though I will have to get a token via their app which barely works. Let’s give a try in the morning and see if it works.

And that’s because I don’t want to go to a bar. Not now anyway. People won’t be careful and I just don’t want to risk it. So even if I don’t mind paying the higher prices for beer or vodka/rum and enjoy some delicious food in the nicer bars, I won’t be going for a while.

How To Make Red Wine Sangria

INGREDIENTS

2 medium apples
2 medium oranges
1/2 cup brandy
1/4 cup orange liquor, such as Cointreau
1 (750-milliliter) bottle red wine
2 to 3 cups sparkling water, chilled
Ice

INSTRUCTIONS

Cut up the fruit. Cut the oranges and apples into thin slices or wedges. Leave the peels on. Transfer the cut fruit to a pitcher.

Add the brandy. Measure the brandy and pour it over the fruit.

Add the orange liquor. Measure the orange liquor and pour it into the pitcher as well.

Add the wine. Uncork the wine and pour it into the pitcher.

Stir to combine. Stir the liquor, wine, and fruit together.

Cover and refrigerate. Do not taste the sangria now; you will be disappointed! Cover the pitcher and refrigerate for at least 4 hours or preferably overnight. The sangria gets softer, sweeter, and much more delicious overnight in the fridge.

Top with sparkling water. When ready to serve, top off the sangria with sparkling water. Stir gently to combine. Taste and add more if desired. Scoop a few pieces of fruit into each ice-filled glass when serving.

Beck’s Ice : New Beer For Me

So even during the pandemic I get to try out a new beer or a beer I haven’t tried out before.  Beck’s Ice, inspired by its German heritage from 1873 and made from 100% pure malt Anheuser-Busch InBev (AB InBev) is betting big on Beck’s Ice, a German 100% malt beer, to make a dent in the growing affordable premium segment of the beer market in India delivers pure refreshment to consumers in a flint bottle that comes with a ring full feature.

Beck’s Ice was pilot-launched in some parts of Maharashtra in July 2018 and then became available in Karnataka and Puducherry about a month later, and in Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and Goa around October 2018. I don’t know when they started getting it here in Kerala. That is good now only if we could also get Stella Artois & Hoegaarden often in Kochi. Priced at Rs.150 it is a bit more expensive than the ones I usually buy.

Beck’s is a European lager, and these lagers sometimes tend to be too bitter (or hoppy in brewing parlance) for the Indian palette. AB InBev has brought down the bitterness level in the Indian variant—Beck’s Ice. The brand is currently being brewed at its Maharashtra facility. I will do a taste review later. Glad that we are getting more & more brands but we should be getting more. With such a large population, we should be easily getting more international brands as easily as we get Kingfisher.

Should The Drinking Age Be Lowered?

When I growing up the drinking age was 18. As a kid I never did like the idea of drinking much. That was mainly because as a kid, maybe at the age of 7 or 8, I took a little sip of beer or something and it was so bitter that I “yucked” at it. (I am so sorry beer that I ever did that. I know I was just a kid at the time but still, I apologize)

When I was 16 that changed and I looked at beer differently. My older cousins took me to a restaurant where they knew the owner and they were over 18, they served my cousins beer. I took a glass and got almost drunk at that. That was my first proper taste of beer. And I was hooked. At 17 I and my friends would buy bottles from a bar in Edapally and the bartenders would only tell us “you can’t drink it in here but I will sell it to you as long as you carry it of in a bag”. Ofcourse we said yes and it was glorious. We friends shared a few bottles between us and it was fun.

I see it as a rite of passage for a lot of people, especially here in India. Now, a few years ago – I don’t remember which year – they changed the minimum drinking age from 18 to 21 in most states in India. In a couple of states it’s 25! What the fuck!! I think they can keep it at 18 for beer and maybe 21 for hard liquour. Knowing the kind of trouble some of these kids get into (comparatively, I was more careful when I was a teenager) it would be wise.

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Beer Types – Stout

Stout is a dark, top-fermented beer with a number of variations, including dry stout, oatmeal stout, milk stout, and imperial stout. Many great stouts are complex and low in alcohol, with beautiful roundness and a touch of roastiness. The dry versions are appetizing and quenching; the sweeter styles are silky and well rounded, perfect for an evening of food and drink.

No beer style is more intertwined with a single country than dry stouts are with Ireland. The country’s brewing culture has been traced back about five millennia. But it is the past 300 hundred years, and the well-known brewing revolution in England, that directly influenced the craft and commerce of Ireland.

Before anyone ever gave us a lesson on how to pour the perfect pint of Guinness, we were all very much obsessed with the Porter style. And stout basically emerged as a sort of stronger porter (originally called “Stout Porter”), eventually taking off as its own style with more depth thanks to the use of roasted barley. Irish stouts are classically dry, meaning you won’t get much in the way of overpowering malty sweetness (or hops, for that matter), but you may very well get flavors of chocolate and coffee or toffee swimming around in that dark malt profile. As in most stout, carbonation is very low (and often supplemented with nitrogen for a finer, creamier overall mouthfeel).

Stout’s complexity makes it an excellent companion for a wide variety of foods. Stout can be paired with chocolate, meat prepared almost any way, and oysters.

Couchyn Meet With Anil

It has been a very long time. With his work schedule for his new employers and the fact that he is based out Thrissur and has to travel a bit, I haven’t met my buddy Anil in a long, long time. We chatted on Whatsapp a couple of days ago and he called me this morning and said he was coming to town and would I be free to meet him. I sure was and I was planning on going out anyway.

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We met at Couchyn and despite his pleas to go elsewhere I told him that we were here; let’s drink. I finally convinced him and we were hungry – I hadn’t had anything other than a black coffee all day and it was just after 12 pm – so we ordered some French fries and I finally got to have a Bira! I will talk about Bira brand of beers later but it is a first for me. And he ordered a couple Old Monk rums with a Coke.

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We talked and ate a bunch. After the French fries, we had some honey flavoured crispy chicken strips and chilly fish (which was awesome).

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We also ordered an Ammachi’s chicken which was terrible. We sent it back and instead got a cheese omelet each which were yum.

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By 5 pm we left and I went to get some groceries on my way back home and took a nap.

A Wednesday Afternoon @ The Ava Lounge

This is from a couple of weeks ago. On a Wednesday in NOvember, I had taken a personal day to chill out at home. However, I also wanted to get some beer and Alza was also free. She asked me if I could meet her in the evening but I prefer to meet up during the afternoon hours so we decided to meet up at 1 pm at Radisson so we could chill at the Ava Lounge.

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We had beer – she moved to Coke after one beer, while I had three. We ordered some seekh kebab (not that good) lots of French Fries, some chicken and salad. And ofcourse we took a bunch of pictures.

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By 5pm I was tired and wanted to get home. BY 5:30 pm we left and I dropped her off at her place before going on home.

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Party At Mezzo

So as it my friend & now ex-colleague Yashila’s last day at work on Friday, she invited some of us for drinks and snacks at Mezzo, a lounge bar on MG Road. I had never been there before as I knew it was expensive and usually very crowded and they don’t have much room and tables. We met by 8:30 pm and has beers, cocktails, some spicy potato wedges and cornflakes fried chicken with a delicious spicy mayo.

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After the party ended at around midnite, 3 of us wanted more food so we went to the cafe in the same building and had chicken wings which were good.

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Apple Martini

Ingredients

Ice cubes
2 ounces vodka
1-1/2 ounces sour apple liqueur
1-1/2 teaspoons lemon juice

GARNISH:

Green apple slice

Directions:

Fill a shaker three-fourths full with ice. Add the vodka, apple liqueur and lemon juice. Cover and shake for 10-15 seconds or until condensation forms on outside of shaker. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish as desired.

Nutrition Facts

2/3 cup: 357 calories, 0 fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 2mg sodium, 36g carbohydrate (31g sugars, 3g fiber), 0 protein.

World’s Most Famous Cocktails And Expensive Whiskey

In this blog post, we’re going to talk about some people’s favorite topic: alcohol! From crafty cocktails to expensive whiskey, let’s go…

When you go to a bar, are you the type of person to immediately grab the cocktail menu? A lot of people enjoy doing this, as it gives them the opportunity to taste unique drink creations. There are lots of tricks when it comes to being a good bartender, from knowing how to properly store wine to knowing when to stir or shake. However, the first step is to learn the classics.

Needless to say, some cocktails are more popular than others and have consequently become classics. Here are four cocktails which fit that mould…

Old Fashioned

Let’s begin with an Old Fashioned. You will find this cocktail in a variation of forms all over the world. This is due to its old history, as you have probably gathered by the name. Essentially, any drink that is a blend of spirits, liquor, water, sugar and bitters, constitutes as an Old Fashioned. Since the original recipe allows spirits of any kind, it’s not uncommon for you to see this drink made with anything from whiskey, to rum, to brandy, to tequila.

Bloody Mary

You can go to any bar and you will always find someone ordering a Bloody Mary. This is undoubtedly one of the most popular cocktails and it’s a very distinct one as well. The main ingredients of this cocktail are vodka and tomato juice. However, you will often find added ingredients designed to provide that extra bit of spice, such as Cayenne pepper and/or Tabasco sauce. A stick of celery is often added to balance out the cocktail. This is the sort of drink you either love or hate.

Irish Coffee

If you are looking for a warm and comforting drink to help you through the winter months, an Irish Coffee is a perfect choice. This is one of the easiest drinks to make, as it only contains a few ingredients. You simply need freshly brewed coffee, simple syrup and a good dash of Irish whiskey. Finish off with some whipped cream and you are good to go. Delicious.

Whiskey Sour

Last on the list of best selling cocktails is a Whiskey Sour. This is a refreshing cocktail that is enjoyed all over the world. Of course there are many types of whiskey to choose from, but when creating this cocktail you should opt for either rye or bourbon. Mix with a teaspoon of sugar and some freshly-squeezed lemon juice and you have a simple yet delicious cocktail. A lot of people opt to add orange juice or even an egg white if they are feeling adventurous.

World’s most expensive whiskey

Would you spend more than $6,000,000 for a bottle of Scotch? For most people, the sheer thought seems absurd. But, for those with a taste for the lavish, it can certainly appeal. Irrespective of what category you fall into, there’s one thing everyone wants to know… Is it really worth it?

Well, let’s find out! Below you will find a list of the five most expensive whiskies, with some information about the characteristics of each one.

5. Dalmore 64 Trinitas

First on the list of expensive Scotches is Trinitas. Selling for $160,100, this was actually the first ever Scotch to sell for six figures. It combines rare stocks of spirits dating from 1939, 1926, 1878 and 1868. There are actually only three bottles of this type of Scotch whiskey that have ever been made.

4. Dalmore 62 Single Hiland Malt Scotch

This rare Dalmore 62 Single Hiland Malt Scotch has quickly increased in value. In 2005 it was purchased by a UK businessmen at Singapore’s Changi Airport. He spent $58,000 for the bottle, which was admittedly a bargain at the time. Nonetheless, when sold he profited by almost $200,000 by selling it for $250,000.

3. Macallan 64 Year Old in Lalique

Third on the list we have Macallan 64 Year Old in Lalique. This is a rare whiskey that was sold at a New York auction in 2010 for $460,000. The crystal decanter is a collectible in itself. It’s one of a kind.

2. Macallan ‘M’ Whiskey

Imagine walking into one of the best bars and being charged £628,205 for a bottle of whiskey! This is what one buyer forked out to obtain this Macallan blend. What makes this Scotch different from the rest is the fact that it is selected from an assortment of casks that range from 25 years to 75 years of age. Nevertheless, this was not the only attractive factor, as the hand-blown decanter took over 50 hours and the work of 17 craftsmen to complete. It is only one of four Constantine bottles in existence.

  1. Isabella’s Islay

Last but not least, the most expensive Scotch is Isabella’s Islay. This will set you back a whopping $6,200,000. But, not only will you get to experience an exquisite single-malt, but you will also be lavished in diamonds. In 2010, the Luxury Beverage Company in the UK released a primo bottle covered in diamonds, which of course added immensely to the price tag. The bottle boasts 8,500 diamonds and 300 rubies. As a consequence, Isabella’s Islay receives more attention for the bottle than the whiskey that is inside.

Beers, Cocktails, Pork & Fries In Couchyn

Yesterday afternoon was a welcome visit to Couchyn after a couple of months. I don’t go out to drink much anymore and prefer to buy my booze from BevCo and drink at home. But it’s been over a month since cousin Sujith and I met so we decided to get a couple of beers at Couchyn and have lunch there.

We started off with Amstel beers, two each, and choose French fries as the first accompaniment. They also provide you with free masala peanuts which are always great with beer. We talked and laugh a bit. And then we got the grilled pork with veggies.

This is an amazing dish which should be in the hall of fame as far as food in Kochi goes. Succulent and juicy and big pieces all. Wow and the grilled veggies and fries goes well with them. After the two beers we moved onto a cocktail each. We choose the passion fruit and vodka cocktail with a squeeze of lemon in it. I must say that I could knock off quite a few of those in an afternoon. Dangerous!

We also had grilled chicken sandwiches which were small but good and finished off with banana splits. And then we both had to split as it was 5 pm by then.