Posts Tagged ‘alcohol content in beer

05
Dec
11

The Best Meal I Had In Karnataka In 2011

A thirst for trying local beer everywhere can lead one to discover bigger things. Despite having had a lunch looking at the Bangalore skyline from a restaurant on the 13th floor of Barton Center and a meal at a Singaporean restaurant, and despite having eaten authentic Andhra food from a banana leaf with my hands and a dinner with a view of the Tungabhadra River in Hampi, the best meal I had during my Bangalore-Hampi-Gokarna trip was at a cheap bar in Gokarna Village.

Wanting to cool myself after a walk in the market, I asked a wine shop owner if he had RC. He didn’t, but told me to sit in the bar that the wine shop was an extension of. Mohan Bar was a small room with men taking their afternoon drinks, and liking the setting, I told a waiter to get me a pint of every beer they had.

The beers were strong and not much else, but it was a hot afternoon in a state where people don’t care about a lot as long as the alcohol content in their beer is high. The food, though, was a delight. What they called ‘chicken biryani’ was a pulao of sorts. Served in a steel thali, the rice had pieces of boiled chicken in it, and it came with a coconut curry. This, along with a deep-fried mackerel in a thick gravy, was by far the most satisfying meal I had in that one week I spent in Karnataka.

So drunk was I after those strong lagers at Mohan Bar that I was admiring fields on the way back to Om Beach, convinced that people who don’t drink alcohol can’t see true beauty even when it’s all around them.

03
Dec
11

Beer Review: Royal Challenge

A man and his favourite lager were reunited after years of being apart. In the city of Bangalore, Royal Challenge beer was found in a few wine shops and cheap bars. Needless to say, many happy hours were spent in a bar. After small talk, the bar owner was pestered to rummage through his beer stock because this patron insisted on drinking his RC from a pint of every colour. Royal Challenge Premium is available only in pints, because this nation goes after the alcohol content in beer, not how it tastes. RC is a no-bullshit beer that doesn’t nurse ambitions. The premium lager has a smooth malt blend and is the most balanced lager this country has tasted so far. It’s a shame metros didn’t realize how good a drink Royal Challenge Premium Beer is, and as a result, Mumbai no longer gets to drink it. But one man has sworn an oath to consume as much of this beverage as he can every time he comes across it, a pint of a different hue each time.

RATING: 3.5/5

 




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