In the age of craft beer, 500 ml bottles are no longer reserved for cheap, fizzy alcohol. In fact, many micro breweries and artisanal makers are now producing limited editions of their brews in small-sized glass instead of traditional 200 ml cans. A bottle this size is also known as a yard or fifth, so called because it used to be standard measure for alcoholic spirits such as whiskey and rum. With the rise of min-beer in India, these smaller sized bottles are becoming more popular among drinkers who want to keep their drinking habits prudent while not compromising on flavours and taste. So whether you’re looking to cut down on your weekly units intake or just don’t like those bulky cans cluttering up your fridge – here are 16 beers you can buy in 500 ml bottles.
Beer Dark If you’re a fan of dark and roasted flavours – beer dark is a great option to try out. It’s a dark ale that’s brewed using high-quality barley and roasted malts that give it a rich, full-bodied taste and a deep amber colour. It’s been brewed and served in Ireland for centuries and is best paired with roasted meat, cheeses, and hearty stews. Since it’s high in ABV, beer dark is best enjoyed chilled.
The Dubliner Double Barrel Dark Ale
This Dublin-brewed dark ale is aged in whiskey barrels and has a rich, malty flavour with notes of caramel and coffee. The brew is made by ageing Dubliner Blond Ale in barrels that have previously been used to store Jameson Whiskey. This process imparts a distinct flavour that makes the ale perfect for enjoying on its own or with a dessert. The Dubliner Double Barrel Dark Ale is best served chilled. While the whiskey barrels are a one-time use only, the company has managed to find a way to sell them as collectors’ items to people all over the world.
Flying Rhino Vanilla Black Stout
This beer is a dark stout that’s been infused with natural vanilla flavour and has notes of caramel, toffee, coffee, chocolate, and vanilla. Flying Rhino Brewery was started in Bangalore in 2013 with a mission to make high-quality, authentic beers that would rival the best beer brands in the world. This dark stout is best suited as an after dinner drink as it’s rich, malty flavour and ABV of 6% make it a bit too heavy for casual sipping. This beer is also available in 500 ml cans.
BOSS Dark and Dry
This is a dark ale that’s brewed by BOSS Brewing Co. in Mumbai. It’s made using roasted barley and has a rich, malty flavour with notes of coffee and roasted nuts. This beer is brewed using a unique natural process that uses no chemicals, additives, or preservatives and is best served chilled. BOSS Dark and Dry is a dark ale that has a rich flavour and 6% ABV that make it a great choice for after dinner and casual drinking sessions. While BOSS Dark and Dry is available in cans and bottles – we recommend giving the bottles a try as they’re one of the few beers that come in a corked glass.
Big Moka Coffee Stout
This beer is a robust, dark stout made with fresh, single-origin coffee beans. While it’s a great choice for a casual drink or as a dessert beer, it’s also used in many cocktail recipes. Big Moka Coffee Stout is brewed in Goa by the Big Moka Brewery and is best served chilled. This dark stout has a rich flavour with notes of coffee, chocolate, and caramel and is best paired with dark chocolate desserts or strong cheeses like cheddar. This beer can be found in bottles as well as cans.
Bottom-Up Varied Roast Dark Beer
This dark beer is brewed by the Bottom-Up Brewing Co. in Bengaluru. It’s made with roasted malts and has a rich, roasted flavour that’s reminiscent of coffee and chocolate. This dark beer is best served chilled and has a ABV of 6.5%. It’s best enjoyed on its own or with dessert as it’s strong flavour and ABV make it a less than ideal choice for casual sipping. Bottom-Up Varied Roast Dark Beer is available in bottles as well as cans.
Thumping Good IPA By
This is an India Pale Ale that’s brewed in Bangalore by the Thumping Frog Brewery. It’s made with high-quality hops and has a rich, hoppy flavour with notes of pine and citrus. This IPA is best served chilled and is best enjoyed with spicy food or on its own as it has a strong flavour that can overpower lighter dishes. Thumping Good IPA By is available in bottles as well as cans.
Up There IPL
This is a India Pale Lager brewed in Bangalore by the Top End Brewery. It’s made with high-quality hops and has a rich, citrusy flavour with notes of grapefruit and pine. This beer is best served chilled and is best served with spicy food or on its own as it has a strong flavour that can overpower lighter dishes. Up There IPL is available in bottles as well as cans. These are just some of the beers you can buy in 500 ml bottles. Beers are best served chilled, so try keeping a bottle in the fridge to enjoy whenever you please. And for those who prefer cans, keep in mind that cans are best served chilled as well.