Latambarcem Brewers of Goa unveils their bottled craft beer brand Maka di, produced in a brewery, spread over an acre. According to the company, the brand has the capacity to produce 10,000 cases of beer a month, making it the largest ‘truly’ craft beer producer in India. The brewery has an in-house R&D lab where the brewmasters work on 50-odd recipes at any given point of time.
Maka di offers five different beer variants – Belgian Blanche, American Lager, Belgian Triple, Honey Ale, and the Bavarian Keller. The company said that these have been sourced meticulously from various regions they are best known for. The sweet oranges in the Belgian Blanche come from the orange capital of the world- Valencia in Spain, the malts are sourced from Finland, Britain, and Germany, and the wild organic honey for the Honey Ale is sourced from the Jim Corbett National Park in Uttarakhand. The Triple Ale has been curated exclusively in partnership with Lupulus Brasserie in Belgium.
Co-founder and chief executive officer of Latambarcem Brewers, Aditya Ishan Varshnei, said, “The idea is to have 10 new craft beer styles every year. When my brother and I (Anish Varshnei, co-founder and chief production officer) moved from the USA, we wanted to bring into the Indian market the same high-quality beer that are being produced across the world today. India is fast becoming a mature market even for craft beer with many breweries experimenting with producing quality beer. We feel the time is just right to start looking at producing craft beer in a commercial capacity because the demand is set to only increase from here.”
Anish Varshnei, co-founder and chief production officer, said, “Craft does not define size. There are no boundaries. We make truly craft beer because we have no boundaries when it comes to ensuring quality based on innovation. We would also like to educate that any style of beer is not necessarily craft. In fact, craft is defined by technique, innovation and quality. Over the next few months, we will create recipes which have not existed in the world before. We could even do combinations which no one has tried before.”
According to the company, Maka di will soon be available on shelves and tables in other Indian metros. Latambarcem Brewers also specializes in small-batch craft Kombucha production under the brand name Borécha.