Delhiites Will Still Have to Head to Gurgaon for Fresh Beer

Posted at April 13th, 2016 | by Shivani Goel | in

A micro-brewery is modern brewery that produces a limited amount of fresh beer. Despite licenses being given last summer for micro-breweries to open in Delhi, they are yet to be operational. Delhiites will still have to head to Gurgaon for fresh beer this summer. AAP government’s plan to allow breweries in the capital got approval from residents and restaurant owners but it’s still prohibited under the Delhi Development Authority’s (DDA) Master Plan for Delhi-2021. It seems like a State versus Centre dispute.


“DDA has not responded to the state government plan of establishing micro-breweries. It was told earlier that breweries are enlisted under the prohibited category,” a senior official of the excise department said. The existing law doesn’t recognize this concept of modern micro-breweries.

Ishan Grover, an established brewer in the country says, “Under existing laws, brewing is interpreted as liquor-making, a practice banned in Delhi. But a micro-brewery is a small set-up and is environment-friendly. Many cities in India, including neighbouring Gurgaon, has given the nod but in Delhi is stuck between complex communications between various departments of the government.”


Ishaan Grover

Nobody is releasing an official statement but it’s clear that microbreweries don’t fall under the list of industries allowed. But alterations could be make by the government’s approval for public interest. The government is considering appealing to Central Boards to declare micro-breweries as a green industry to help pave the way for setting them up.

“There is a huge demand of micro-breweries in India. All the breweries of Gurgaon, Bangalore and Pune are doing great business as Indians love their beer. Gurgaon alone consumes over 70,000 litres of beer in a month. Delay of the project is causing a loss for Delhi, while Gurgaon is gaining in the process,” Grover said.

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Around 25 restaurants are in limbo due to their invested in the micro-brewery plants. Ashwini Chaudhary, the MD of Striker group said, “We opened our first outlet at a Mall in Vasant Kunj as soon as the Delhi government made the announced. But we don’t see the project taking off any time soon.”

Shivani Goel

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