A handful of crafted strong beers making their way into the Indian market and the people want authentic and complex flavor, isn’t correct? We all knew that Brewing is a cost-heavy business and in the beer industry the Kimaya Himalayan Beverages comes with honest prices and setting up a new benchmark in quality, refined taste notes, and packaging.
Kimaya Himalayan Beverages has made a debut in the alcohol manufacturing industry with two barely-based homegrown brews – BeeYoung and Yavira. In this post, I’m talking a lot more about Yavira and for BeeYoung you expect another post. Before I go in detail, I would like to share with you all that the company source all the ingredients from the best possible markets globally and they are working on importing high-quality barley from Argentina and getting it malted here in India. The specially optimized brewing cycle at Kimaya delivers the right levels of taste and texture, the output is truly unconventional because of its taste, ingredients, and packaging. According to the company, the beers come with a promise of brewing techniques par excellence and ingredients sourced from original and organic derivative straight from the farm.
The Brewery is located in Patiala, Punjab and according to the company it’s a strategical decision be it logistics (hassle-free as the company is operational in North India as of now) or with the ingredients. The Brewery is in the proximity of Bhakra Dam and from where the company source the water and there’s year-round availability of rice and other ingredients.
Yavira is totally new in the market and had a curious name. I had enquired about it and I would like to share with you all that the word Yavira comes from the Sanskrit word of beer, denoting strength combined with restraint and honors the tradition of homegrown ferments and brews. Yavira is a premium lager beer that comes in perfect black-and-gold packaging. The beer is crafted with the handpicked, organic ingredients and the ingredients that go into the manufacturing the beer are malted barley, hops, rice, and the water. The barley comes from Argentina which is malted and later on supplied to the company. Hops are herbs which are sourced from Europe, mostly from Slovenia and Czech. Hops add bitterness, aroma and silky texture to the beer while the Basmati rice comes from Haryana, Punjab, and Uttarakhand, and mixed with pristine Himalayan water sourced directly from the Bhakra Dam. The yeast which converts the sugar into alcohol is responsible for the end flavor of the beer and all this happens at the brewery located in Patiala, Punjab.
The Yavira beer has around 6.2 percent alcohol and it is curated for the people who just go for whatever they like without thinking too much on the alcohol content. The beer has a balanced brew which is crispy yet creamy, racy yet silky, smooth, daring but not daunting, aromatic, fruity yet malty and happy. My first sip of Yavira delivers a smooth, creamier taste and I liked the aroma too. I would love to pair this beer with the finest of Indian cuisine – be it fine-dining or a familiar setting at home.
On the packaging side, the company has moved against the trend and brings out Yavira in 500ml cans, which no other brand currently offers as per my knowledge in India and provides an exclusive experience for consumers making sure that you can enjoy the beer at a perfect temperature. According to the company, the packaging bridges the gap and addresses the problems between 330-ml pints which is too small to share and the 650-ml bottle which big and loses the temperature halfway through. The 500-ml was a cool in-between size and address both the problems, which is sufficient for sharing with friends too.
Yavira Beer now retailing in Delhi (cost Rs. 130), Uttar Pradesh (cost Rs. 150), Uttarakhand (cost Rs. 160) and Punjab, and the company make sure that you enjoy the beer until the last sip.
I’m sure the beer will excite your taste buds and lives up to your senses. Hopefully, the beer will find a place on your shelves.
Disclaimer: This post is for people above the legal drinking age. Drink Responsibly and never drink and drive.