10 Most Popular Indian Beer Brands

Traditionally Indian prefer strong beers which are prepared from rice or millet also known as Rice beer or handia in local language. Many multi-national liquor brands have been entered in India and capturing the beer industry such as SABMiller, Budweiser, Heineken and competing with popular local Indian beer brands like Kingfisher and Haywards.

Most popular local Indian beer brands are Kingfisher, Haywards 5000, Maharaja, Hunter, Thunderbolt, Khajuraho, Golden Eagle, Royal Challenge, Godfather and Zingaro.

Kingfisher – United Breweries


Kingfisher beer is India’s most trusted brand of beer, brewed by United Breweries. The Bangalore based United Breweries is the largest brewery in India and Kingfisher is the largest selling Indian beer brand. Most popular Kingfisher beer variants are Kingfisher Premium, Kingfisher Strong, Kingfisher Blue and Kingfisher Ultra.

Haywards – SABMiller Breweries


Haywards 5000 strong lager was one of the most popular beer brand of India and the flagship beer brand of the SABMiller India breweries. Haywards 2000, Knock Out, Royal Challenge and Fosters are few well known beer brands of SABMiller India. Image Source – TripSavvy

Knock Out

Knock Out beer brand by SABMiller is very popular in Maharashtra, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Telangana state of India. Its a strong beer and also considered as one of the largest selling strong beers in the country having alcoholic capacity of 8%.

Bira 91 – B9 Beverages


Bira 91 beer brand by B9 Beverages launched in early 2015, offers a distinct taste to beer drinkers in India. The company has different variants with alcohol content such as Bira 91 Blonde, Bira 91 White, Bira 91 Light, Bira 91 Strong and Bira 91 Indian Pale Ale.



Simba beer made with only the highest quality ingredients with finely crafted recipes. The company offers 4 different varieties Wit, Stout, light and strong, very popular in Assam, Goa, Kolkata and Bengaluru.

Bad Monkey – Sinq Beverages


Bad Monkey Beer is an Indian brand of super strong beer from Sinq Beverages Pvt Ltd, Strong beer is very popular in India with 8% alcohol and aiming to become an icon for young parties.

Royal Challenge – SABMiller


Royal Challenge premium lager is owned by SABMiller beverage company also is the second largest brewer in India, after United Breweries. Do not get confused with Royal Challenge whiskey in India.

Kalyani Black Label is one of the most popular beer brand in West Bengal, owned by United Breweries group along with various other brands of alcoholic beverages.

Godfather – Devans Modern Breweries


Godfather beer by Devans Modern Breweries from Jammu is comes in three varieties and mainly popular in northern India. Devans Modern Breweries has set up a modern brewery at Kotputli of Rajasthan and manufactures international quality beers, both in bottles and cans.

Goa King’s Beer


The king beer of Goa is only available in Goa and has been awarded as one of the iconic brands in India. Goa Kings brand offers perfect taste will mesmerizing beach of Goa with finest ingredients in three different varieties.

Bullet Beer – United Brewery

Bullet super strong beer brewed by United Brewery Group in Bangalore and very much popular in Rajasthan state, goes with tagline Aapno Rajasthan, Aapno Bullet.

United Breweries is the largest producer of beer in India and maker of list of popular regional beers in Indian states such as Kalyani Black Label in West Bengal, Bullet beer in Rajasthan and Cannon 10000 beer in Maharashtra.

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