Oh no, we’re not completely shameless.
After all, the moment our eyes fell on Namaste beer in the cooler of our local liquor store this morning we made a grab for it.
Being of Indian origin and not reaching out for Namaste, hell, can one get more shameless or more unpatriotic than that? 😉
Speak up chutiyas, we’re speaking to y’all. Turned mute or what, all of you?
No sire, we ain’t the sort to show the middle finger to Namaste.
Au contraire, bottle in hand we quickly headed to the counter and the White gal with her phony small-talk. The 1.94 pint bottle costs $7.49, by the way.
Through a strange coincidence the beer is from our state.
Oh no, not Tamil Nadu (hey, you can’t make beer out of that Cooum water). 😉 If you want to know, Namaste is from the First State.
Brewed at Dogfish Head in Milton in the southern part of the First State, Namaste’s bottle proclaims that the beer is brewed with coriander, orange and lemongrass. Interesting.
This is a pale beer, the un-Guiness if you will. Not very foamy either.
Not as bitter as most conventional beers (hardly bitter, truth be said), Namaste has a very pleasant un-beer like odor of orange peels and lemongrass.
While the beer is not bitter, it’s not sweet either. In fact, it stops just short of sweetness. Mercifully.
It wouldn’t be nice to drink a sweet beer, right? That would be for the pussies.
And a fine flavor that combines many things but none dominating. Lemongrass certainly. The milder flavor of Cilantro leaves (not that of the Coriander seeds, which packs a stronger flavor). And Orange rind.
All of it making for good times.
Hey, the aftertaste (what comes a few seconds after the beer flows in) is nice too.
Some years ago, we were hooked on a beer called Tequiza (don’t go googling it now because they stopped making it). And for some reason Namaste reminded us of it.
For those keeping track of stupid statistics, Namaste has an alcohol content of 5% (not as strong a beer as Arrogant Bastard) but a better, much different taste.
Namaste is the kinda beer that makes you want to hum Kaalame Vodeeva, Kadhale thedivaa or Tere bin Jeena kya. 😉
Since we like to drink while eating and vice-versa, we’re imbibing Namaste with Pulihora (tamarind rice). Great combination, we swear.
SearchIndia.com heartily recommends Namaste. Just remember to say Mera Bharat Mahaan while you sip it. 😉