Namaste Beer – Go for It, Fellas; Grab a Bottle

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.

Dogfish Head Namaste Beer

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. heartily recommends Namaste. Just remember to say Mera Bharat Mahaan while you sip it. 😉

8 Responses to "Namaste Beer – Go for It, Fellas; Grab a Bottle"

  1. முனிAndy   March 14, 2011 at 6:38 am

    I don’t think I have ever seen it. Will look for it. Responds:

    Look for it in a larger American liquor store. The average Gujju store (although usually more conveniently located) has a limited collection.

    • முனிAndy   March 14, 2011 at 9:32 am

      We can get beer in most grocery stores. I got AB in a Wholes Foods store. NC is one of the 19 control states – hard liquor is only sold through ABC ( stores. I haven’t noticed Namaste in another of those places. I would think it would have caught my eye.

      You may like Blue Moon (most probably not as much as you liked Namaste).. it has coriander and orange peel flavors in it. Steven Slater likes it. Responds:

      Sadly, grocery stores and convenience stores don’t sell beer in our state. 🙁 Must be the lobbying efforts of the local liquor retailers.

      Perhaps because of the Christ lobby, until a few years back all liquor stores were closed here on Sundays. Even now, on Sundays they can open only from 12PM-8PM here.

      Blue Moon may taste similar to Namaste if you go by the ingredients.

      • kd36939   March 14, 2011 at 1:29 pm

        As a matter of fact, we had Blue Moon yesterday at Buffalo Wild Wings. It has less bitter taste compared to other beers and it is pretty good. If you want to have a little fizz on a Sunday night without ruining your first weekday, this is the beer.

        Have it along some chicken wings with Asian Zing sauce. Responds:

        We’ll look for Blue Moon next time we head to one of the larger liquor stores.

  2. kd36939   March 14, 2011 at 2:17 pm

    Just FYI… Black Swan DVD releasing on March 29. Responds:

    Thanks. Will look for it at either Netflix or RedBox.

  3. shiva84   March 14, 2011 at 2:27 pm

    Off Topic:- Watch India’s one man army, you will require more Namaste Beer Responds:

    Well, the people of Tamil Nadu love this ‘one-man Army‘. 🙁

  4. Naveen   April 6, 2011 at 2:14 am

    Do you get this in regular grocery stores? I couldn’t find it anywhere in Chicago so far 🙁 Responds:

    Alas, grocery stores don’t sell beer in our state. One of the bigger (non-Gujju) liquor stores had it.

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