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Issue 5 - MPs get an Indian takeaway

Whisky Magazine Issue 5
August 1999

 

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MPs get an Indian takeaway

You don't always equate quality beer with Indian restaurants. But Sukhi's was so good it ended up in Britain's Parliament buildings. Michele Hart reports

Lancashire curry house Sukhi's knew it was doing something right with its beer when it heard it was to be listed in the Common's Bar in Britain's parliament buildings.

Sukhi's Quality Premium Lager is actually brewed specially for Sukhi's by Hepworth & Co, a micro-brewery located at the other end of the country in Horsham, West Sussex – but to the specification of father and son team, Sukhi and Reshmi Gohel. The pair decided to create their own lager to be sold in the restaurant as a unique selling point last year.

“Like most Indian restaurants we sell a lot of lager but found that most commercially produced lagers are too gassy to accompany this style of food,” says Reshmi. “Instead of enjoying a drink that complements the food, we found that customers were telling us that most lagers spoil their enjoyment of their meal because they end up feeling bloated.

“We decided to do something about this and set about finding out how we could create our own brew that was a perfect match for Indian food. We saw an opportunity to produce something which we thought would be a much better match and would be exactly what we and our customers were looking for.” However, having approached a number of established brewers across the North West and the Midlands, Reshmi and his father drew a blank.

“No-one wanted to know,” said Reshmi, “They just wouldn't touch our idea. In fact, a couple of them suggested that we take one of their own lagers and then brand it as our own bu...

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