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Bangalore's microbrewers bring innovation to alcohol

Burgeoning brewpub scene goes alternative and local to stand out

The Biere Club's head brewer Rohit Parwani tastes craft beer at the microbrewery in Bangalore. (AFP/Jiji)

BANGALORE -- Bangalore is known as the "Silicon Valley of India" for its concentration of tech startups, but the city is also on the cutting-edge of the country's craft beer boom.

Craft beer is still a tiny part of India's $3 billion beer market, but annual growth is predicted to be in the double digits, spurring a race to woo customers in a country where per capita beer consumption is still below 5 liters.

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