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August 05, 2015

Rahul Mehra Brews Up a Storm

Text by Zaral Shah. Photograph by Tejal Pandey

Recently named by Forbes India as a young achiever, Rahul Mehra, a microbrewery activist, is realising his dreams, one beer at a time

For Rahul Mehra, one of the founders and partners of Gateway Brewery Co, drinking all day is part of the job. His company, a local brewery, makes classic beer with local ingredients. The 29-year-old says he’s always had his hands full — “I don’t think I’ve ever been idle — my first job was at 15.” His introduction to the field was using a homebrew kit — after which, he says, “I typed out my resignation while drinking my first batch of beer.”

Rahul’s main inspiration to pursue the career was the dismal beer scene in the country. “If you wanted to drink good beer, your only option was vodka,” he laughs. Recently having been featured on Forbes India’s 30 Under 30 list of achievers, Rahul says his personal favourite brew is the India Pale Ale — pine, tropical fruits and light caramel with biscuit malts that leave a bitter-sweet aftertaste.

He admits that one of the perks of his job is to sit back and enjoy a drink. He has succeeded in getting laws passed to help small-scale craft brewers thrive, and is excited about working with more brewers in the future. And he wishes to take his creations around the world.

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