Maine brothers create a craft beer that pairs perfectly with Indian cuisine

Ales pair well with pizza, stouts and porters are nice with barbecue, and a wheat beer is lovely with salads, but for spicy foods like Indian and Thai, lagers and pilsners are the way to go.

That’s one of the big reasons why brothers Van and Sumit Sharma, whose family has operated Bombay Mahal in Brunswick for 30 years and who were the original owners of Taste of India in Bangor and Tandoor in Portland, wanted to brew their own beer that pairs perfectly with the complex spices and heat of Indian cuisine.

Rupee Beer launched earlier this year and is now on shelves at stores and in restaurants across the state, including at Damon’s Beverages in Bangor and Waterville, the Natural Living Center in Bangor, and Global Beverage Warehouse in Ellsworth. It’s a smooth, full-bodied lager that’s less carbonated than most other lagers, to better complement the spiciness of many Indian dishes, like biryanis, kebabs and tandoori chicken.

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