Good news for beer enthusiasts as the government finally allows microbreweries to open in the country capital. The government had given a go-ahead to microbreweries in Delhi three years ago, however, there were a few technical hurdles that had led to a delay in the implementation of the decision. A microbrewery is smaller than a commercial brewery, known for producing fresh beer. New age microbreweries focus on flavour, quality, and innovation to attract customers. Read in detail what it takes to open a microbrewery here.
Government Allows Microbreweries in Delhi
It has been decided that microbreweries will no longer come under the ‘prohibited’ category as per the Delhi Development Authority’s Masterplan 2021. Currently, microbreweries are considered ‘liquor-making plants’ which are banned in Delhi.
‘Units of up to 500-litre capacity will be set up and the assessment of the possibility of the pollution due to residues has been done.’ Said Excise Commissioner Amjad Tak.
According to ex-president NRAI Riyaz Amlani, the market for microbreweries in Delhi is worth around Rs 10,000 crores.
“Setting up a brewery is expensive and requires a space of not less than 1,000 sq metres. Hence, to set-up one, a lot of planning is required. Investors will only come when the Excise department starts the process of issuing licenses,” Amlani said.
Lately, there has been a significant rise in the demand for the Craft beer. Customers get to enjoy a freshly brewed beer without any additives. Also, a pitcher of craft beer is cheaper than a bottle.
However, this delay in implementation of the decision has already led businesses to shift to the NCR. There are a number of microbreweries that are flourishing in Gurgaon and Faridabad. Haryana is one of the first states to allow microbreweries and thus, Gurgaon has already emerged as a hub, with more than 25 thriving microbreweries.