Raise a toast to a mug of craft beer

Mumbai, With health consciousness rising among people, there's good news for beer patrons who can now raise a toast to a variety of the brew said to be natural, better in quality, authentic and sans artificial flavors.

'Craft beer' is gaining popularity in India as a healthy alternative to traditional beer which has artificial flavours and preservatives, making it unhealthy, and also as a drink encouraging responsible consumption, experts have said.

To promote the new brew and address issues from licence legislation to distribution, six micro breweries from Mumbai and Pune have come forward to celebrate a two-day 'Craft Beer Weekender' here from today in honour of the International Beer Day which was observed yesterday.

"For a layman, craft beer is an all natural product made using four ingredients - malt, hops, yeast and water.

Commercial beers use sugar, maize, rice and other adjuncts along with enzymes and preservatives which make it unhealthy for your body," Ansh A Seth, Co-founder, Director-Finance & Administration, Brewbot Eatery and Pub Brewery, which is hosting the event, told

PTI.