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Get Curious: Make Your Own Booze



Get Curious: Make Your Own Booze

Travel to drink and learn to make booze

In our Get Curious series, after all the rock climbing and music and linguistic holidays, let’s get into less healthy pursuits for a change. Like making alcohol. Yum, yes?

Not like we have much choice. As if taking detours off the highway to buy a can of beer wasn’t making us feel criminal enough, some of us now also need to dive into our piggy banks to meet the escalating costs of that can thanks to the GST poised to solve all problems of corruption in India.

Well to hell with that can. How about just ordering a brew kit online and fiddling with it until beer flows out?

I think we might just have to. Admittedly, learning to brew your own liquor isn’t encouraged in India, else we’d have more places to learn.

But you could still combine your next trip out of town with one of the following boozey places and really get into the mood to give it a try.

1. Nashik for Wine

Nashik’s vineyards need no introduction. There are a whole bunch of them like Sula and York that have saved us some paisas by making wine affordable.

Each one of the many vineyards in this Maharashtrian corner offers wine tasting and winery tours that let you witness the process.

However, best would be to show up for one the workshops organised to introduce winemaking to those interested. They are one-offs, so subscribe to The Wine Club’s newsletter to receive updates on the announcements of such workshops.

2. Pune for Beer

Doolally in Pune is one of the pioneers of the craft beer revolution in India. Much to the Bombayites’ delight, they opened an outlet in Bandra not so long ago and have become even more of a cult brand.

However, since the brewery itself is in Pune – and it’s a gorgeous, sprawling estate in its own right – they don’t do many brewing workshops in Mumbai.

But in Pune they have a brewery learning program, a sort of hands-on internship which is quite labour-intensive. Write to them for more details.

Or, you could also just visit the brewery, get drunk, take a tour, see the apparatus that gives us the golden liquid and pick up a few tips from the brewmaster too.

3. Goa for Feni

It is one thing getting caught sipping feni on Marine Drive on a Monday night (been there), but quite another to be served feni in a wooden bowl in a spice farm in countryside Goa.

Sahakari Spice Farms in Ponda is one such place that not only serves fresh feni but also includes the feni-making process as part of its farm tour for guests. Of all the exotic spices they show one by one, this cashew wonder would strike the most direct chord with millennials!

Image Credit: Goaprism




Mineli Goswami is a 24-year-old Assamese-East Indian, which usually translates into pretty good weekend feasts. When she’s not at her desk struggling with poetry – more often than she’d like – she’s seen wasting time on an assortment of things such as lugging an antique SLR, breaking nails climbing boulders, and chasing turtles. She’s graduated in history and has an unofficial PhD in Bandra-style jiving.

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