Friends Of Froth

The Collective:

For Beer Lovers Across the Nation & World

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Beer Geek’s Course Completion – IBC Boot Camp 001, Pune

 

It’s been over 3 years since Tales Of Froth came into being and after a while, followers started asking how they could post their reviews and opinions about Beer.

The whole idea of evangelizing India about Beer & Craft Beer is to see that the folks who genuinely love Beer get together and build one another up.  We are in essence building up a Beer collective that I fondly refer to as “Friends OF Froth”

The Friends Of Froth (FOF) Facebook group was launched in January 2017 and has since quickly grown to over 4,000 participants who actively share their Beer activities from all over India and on their travels on the group. There is a high level of engagement and let’s be frank, it really doesn’t matter whether there are 4,000 or 15,000 people on the group, it’s the level of interaction and content quality/relevance that matters.

The group consists of Brewery owners, Professional Brewers, Amateur Brewers, Beer Brands (Macro & Micro) and the most important of them all – Beer Geeks (basic to advanced). It’s a wonderful mix of people who love Beer – all types of Beer.

The Group exists to:

  • Create a collective of Beer Enthusiasts across India.
  • Educate members about Beer & Craft Beer.
  • Provide an unbiased platform to share reviews, constructive feedback, ask questions and interact.
  • Inform members about new products on the market or events/offers.
  • Members only Events – Organize at least quarterly meetings for each chapter across India.
  • Members Exclusive Events – Special exclusive Beer launches,  or special tasting sessions/brewery tours exclusively for members.
  • Members Only Deals – Secure special deals/discounts for members.
  • Merchandise – Showcase custom merchandise made specifically for group members.

If you are on Facebook, I encourage  you to join this group to share your Beer Geekery.

Sign UP Here – https://www.facebook.com/groups/803825459770899/

Cheers and Stay Frothy!

 


Meet The FOF Admins

Running a group in addition to all the Tales Of Froth channels is quite a task. So I’ve built up an interesting panel of co-admins for the group from across the country.

Let’s go meet them!

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JJ The Keg – Founder

Location: Bangalore

Favorite Styles Of Beer:  Belgian complex Beers – Trappist/Abbey, Guezes, Saisons, German Rauchbiers, IPAs – Amber Ales/NEIPA and Porters – Coffee Porters.

Interests: Flying (Airplanes – Cessna – Yes, I have a pilot’s license), AvGeek (spend most of my free time watching cockpit videos) & Music ( Playing my Les Paul Electric Guitar, listening to Alt Rock & Metal) ,Socializing & Artisanal Coffee (caffeine addict).

My Beer Journey:

Started 24 years ago, in 1993 when my dad gave me first lager. Had my first Craft Beer in 1997 in the US, then tried several specialty European and the love for Beer grew from there. My most recent stint in the Canada propelled this even further – tried several beers from all over the world, served on Molson Coor’s consumer insight panel for 3 years giving product & marketing feedback.

Fast forward to today – Running Tales OF Froth, as well as consulting/ conducting staff training workshops, conducting Beer 101 workshops, Beer reviews across India and selling Brewing Equipment is what I do today.


 

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Ram Vaidyanathan – Admin

Location: Bangalore

Favorite Styles Of Beer: Belgian Abbey Ales/Trappists, Lambics/Sours and IPAs

Interests (other than beer, obviously): Football (Arsenal FC), clean energy and water, cooking/eating, heavy music, my bass guitar, filter coffee and quizzing

My Beer Journey:

It all started in 2006, when a brash young fella picked up a can of Budweiser at a BBQ at university, and had his wrists slapped and the beer replaced with a Sierra Nevada Pale Ale. I’ve forgotten the slapper, but I am indebted to him/her for life.

Since that day, I’ve loved beer like I’ve never loved anything in my life, and you know my motto – “Anything worth doing is worth overdoing.” I’m that geek you see taking notes and making weird squeals of delight at your neighborhood craft beer place. Drinking problem? What drinking problem?


 

Akash

Akash Hirebet – Admin

Location: Bangalore

Favorite Styles Of Beer: IPA & Saisons – gotta love the funk.

Interests: Witty Humor, Petrol Head, Airplanes.

My Beer Journey:

Having been involved with corporate life for the greater part of the last 10 years, I’ve experienced quite a few different things in life. The one constant was a love of food, and beer; more specifically craft beer. Some years ago, I finally decided to take the plunge into the food business.

I started and ran first, a food truck, and then a pizza delivery brand, while also working closely with a well-known bar in Bangalore. Now, I consult in F&B and help streamline restaurant operations. My love of craft beer has been constantly growing, and I attended a Craft Beer Boot Camp, conducted by Independence Brewing Company, thereby becoming a Certified Craft Beer Geek.


 

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Umang Nair – Admin

Location: Bangalore

Favorite Styles Of Beer: IPA’s, Saisons, Sours and German Lagers.

Interests: Music. Favorite Band – Iron Maiden (\m/ Up The Irons),  TV – Favorite show – It’s always sunny in Philadelphia & Rick and Morty, Traveling – exploring the world is my mission.

My Beer Journey:

Umang Nair kicked off his career as an Engineer, before his love of beer got the better of him. His quest to finding good beers lead him to brew beer at home, eventually leaving behind his cosy job to take up brewing full time.

His training as a professional brewer began at the first packaging craft beer brewery in Mumbai at Gateway Brewing Co. He has a Master’s in Brewing from the prestigious Siebel Institute in Chicago,USA and Doemen’s Academy Munich,Germany and a certification from the Institute of Brewing and Distilling,UK. He has also in recent times judged a beer competition based on the BJCP guidelines in 2017(first of its kind in India).

Life is too short to miss out on great beer!

Update – Umang has now relocated to Bangalore where he will be Head Brewer for a new brewpub project and also working for equipment supplier, S Brewing Co.


 

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Garreth D’Mello – Admin

Location: Delhi

Favorite Styles Of Beer: English Ales, IPAs, Stouts

Interests:  Music, Books, Philosophy, Rum, Whiskey, Fitness, Dogs & Brewing.

My Beer Journey:

I guess my beer journey started with Kingfisher, like almost everyone else in India. Or, strictly speaking, it probably started with shandy at family parties – no idea what beer they were using back then, because technically, I was too young to drink. Later, I got into rum, which I still love, and which remains my comfort drink.

I still drank beer, but I drank even more horrible stuff like Khajuraho and Canon 10000. Thankfully, that phase didn’t last. I started to get back into beer only later, when I discovered local beers like Haywards Black and the Little Devils range, both of which were unfortunately short-lived.

The real explosion, however, came in 2011-2012, when my girlfriend spent a year and a half in the UK and I spent a month-and-a-half with her there. The beers she brought back and the beers I drank while I was there were a crash course that eventually led to a new passion. Since then, I’ve kept drinking, discovering new beers and flavours, and trying to recreate and experiment with them in my own brewing.

With beer, as with most things, you learn by practising – and there are few things that are more enjoyable to practice.


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Sonali Suri – Admin

Location: Chandigarh/Punjab

Favorite Styles of Beer: NEIPA, IPA’s ,Saisons , Pale Ales

Interests: Music , Netflix , Art and Craft, Outdoor Sports ,Puppies , Fitness , Extremism

My Beer Journey:

Started with little sips of Kingfisher from my brothers glass .It wasn’t love at first sip ,I can tell you that .But before I knew it I was ordering my own Beer.

My liking for Beer came to be and I developed the desire to try different beers of the world. Some were good others not so much but they all made me very happy, as far as I remember.

Then Craft beers came along followed by better and innovative Craft Beers and nothing was the same again . Each time I tried a good beer (bottled or Craft), I felt very strongly to get people to try it and appreciate it, which is why I started Peek.A.Brew (instagram) where I share my Beer exploits .

Apart from that I am a freelance Fashion Stylist and Model and a Full time entrepreneur and retailer. I mean shoes and bags are great but have you tried a Double IPA?


Goa

  • Joshua Antao (The Beer Circus/Pataka Events)
  • Ayesha K.G. (The Beer Circus/Pataka Events)

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Joshua Alvaro Antao – Admin

Location: Goa

Favourite Styles Of Beer:  IPA, Stout, Saison, Wit

Interests: Drinking Beer, Shopping, Partying & Traveling. Besides that love to make Ice Cream and plan & execute events and festivals.

My Beer Journey: 

Being a beach boy drinking Beer has been synonymous with my lifestyle.  I have following the Indian Craft Beer growth curve with its challenges (people’s perception & exposure to Craft Beer, Government Regulations, Excise Issues and limited Craft Beer exposure in Goa.

My passion for Beer has drive me to come up with a Beer Festival called The Beer Circus along with my partner Ayesha & Natasha and a very good samartian John John Eapen AKA Tales Of Froth and was and is an integral part of the festival and our lives in teaching and exposing us to Beer knowledge and Good Beer, of course!

The main motto of the festival is to make Craft Beer a lifestyle rather than just a drink.  It also serves to expose people to good Craft Beer, support Brewers & Breweries to the best of my ability and create an ecosystem condusive to Craft Beer growth. Being a Admin and supporter of the Friends Of Froth group, my journey is to grow our community and make people believe in what I believe, that the best Cheers can be said with a Beer Mug!

Cheers!

Ayesha K.G- Admin

Location: Goa

Favourite Styles Of Beer:  Witbier, Gose (i tried the Gose at Arbor and totally loved it considering it was my first time drinking that styler) and recently have started liking the Saison.

Interests: 100% passionate about dancing, mad about travelling, inventing new salad recipes, dark art painting, RnB/Hip Hop/ Soul music fan, trekking and tennis.

My Beer Journey: 

I started by stealing sips from my dad’s beers. I grew up watching my dad and his friends drink Tiger Beer. In Uni, a friend and I came up with a game called the Tiger Train, which was basically lining up the number of Tiger beer bottles that you have finished, the one with the longest train obviously won. So I have a very special corner for Tiger beer though its a normal lager.

I tried my first craft beer when I visited Delhi/Gurgaon’s Rockman’s Brewery in the old Ambience Mall back in 2009. I was blown away by the fact that micro brewed beers were available, so tasty; had such varieties of flavors.

Many years and beers later, my partner Joshua and myself started our own event company and made a festival we used to just dream of having come to lifeThe Beer Circus’. We started experimenting with the different types of Beers and Craft Beers available in the Goan market. I got in touch with JJ through Instagram (Tales of Froth), he became an integral part of The Beer Circus team, because we wanted to make sure we educate people about the essence, science and art of craft beers and beers. Can’t thank JJ enough for urging and helping me broaden my knowledge for my love of craft beers- Friends of Froth is now an everyday part of my life.

Once you’re Craft, you can never go back!! 🍻🍻


Other Admins:

Mumbai & Pune

TBA

Kolkata

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  •  Koushika Viswanath (The Grid)

Hyderabad

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  • Ashis Nayak (Co-founder Food Drifter)

 


 

Tales Of Froth

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Tales Of Froth continues to be an entity run by me. I write and manage the content and all the affiliated social media channels and will continue to do so until ready to expand in the near future and take on staff to assist.

Do follow Tales OF Froth on:

Facebook – Click HERE

Instagram– Click HERE

Twitter – Click HERE

You will see occasional guest posts from friends in the brewing community.  Thank you for all your support. There will be new developments continually. So keep those pint glasses handy!

If you are on Facebook, I encourage  you to join the Friends Of Froth group to share your Beer Geekery.

Friends OF Froth Rules

 

Sign UP Here – https://www.facebook.com/groups/803825459770899/

Cheers & Stay Frothy

JJ The Keg


All Images Courtesy: FOF Admins & Tales Of Froth

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