Express news service
PODUCHERRY: Before you pack your bags for your next trip to Pondicherry, here’s an addition to the itinerary. The Catamaran Brewing Company, located on Anna Salai, is the microbrewery installed in these parts of the country.
Inaugurated on Friday by Chief Minister N Rangasamy, the success of the restaurant-bar will be closely monitored by the administration, which hopes that the microbreweries will add to the tourist potential of the Union territory. The previous government changed its excise policy in 2019 and started licensing microbreweries, one of which increases excise revenue. The applicable excise duty and additional excise duty for 50 percent of the annual installed capacity of the microbrewery is collected in advance together with the license fee.
The government’s move came after its excise tax revenues were affected by the closure and relocation of liquor stores, following a Supreme Court order.
The Catamaran Brewing Company offers six varieties of craft beer on tap, including Indian Summer, a Belgian Witbier, Pondi Pils, a lager, and Vox Populi, a brown lager. The microbrewery also offers its take on an India Pale Ale, a type of beer that originated in the 1870s to help the British survive their long journey to India. An apple cider and a Porter beer complete the offer.
According to Deputy Commissioner (Excise) T Sudhakar, more and more license applications have been received from interested parties. “We are waiting to see the response to this one, especially from tourists,” he added.
Microbreweries setting up in Pondicherry have also been allowed to sell products to other FL2 licensees such as bars, hotels and restaurants, who have obtained the license for draft and craft beers. In addition, the Excise Department would also allow the license holder, if they so wish, to obtain an FL2 tourism category license to serve other varieties of IMFL, upon payment of the applicable fees, said one. responsible.