So the nice people at KBE drinks were kind enough to give me a bottle of Bombay Bicycle IPA to taste at a recent Casual Dining trade show, so as I’m not a fan of the normal fizzy crap served up in the majority of Indian restaurants I was hopeful it would be a big step forward.

And I’m pleased to say it is. OK it’s not a Runaway brewery or Cloudwater offering because it’s still mass market rather than small batch craft. But credit where credit’s due it tastes pretty good.

It’s darker than a lager, almost a full on amber, clear, crisp to taste and slightly hoppy but not the joyful madness of a true IPA. It’s not gassy so ideal for me, there’s nothing worse than fizzy lagers to destroy your meal. So a nice very drinkable IPA if not a classic and hurrah it’s a massive step forward for Kingfisher.

So next time you see it on the list give it a try, you will be glad you did. We need to encourage venues to stock a wider choice of drinks so we’re not doomed to mediocrity. I have seen Bombay Bicycle at the Indian Tiffin Room and other venues around me that are offering craft include Bundobust (the leaders in the field) and Dishoom. I eye the many venues in London with envy but others are beginning to catch up as they realise they must change to succeed.

I hope more will follow their lead.

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the editor

Editor of Curry Culture and lover of IPA. I wanted to create something that highlighted the best of the industry to both those who work in it and the public who love it so much. Curry Culture is the result so I hope you enjoy it.

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