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Delhi pubs have found fresh trouble — unlike their beer — which is pretty stale. Some of the most popular restobars in Delhi have been allegedly serving expired beer to customers.
The Excise department has found nine prominent venues in popular hangout spots such as Hauz Khas Village, New Friends Colony and Connaught Place serving expired beer during surprise inspections between August 19, 2017 and April 13, 2018.
The Excise department has said in a written statement that 214 pubs, bars and restaurants were inspected by its Enforcement Branch during the past year and of these, 94 restobars were found violating excise rules.
According to the data provided to the Assembly, a few pubs located in Vasant Vihar, Rajouri Garden, Saket, New Friends Colony, Punjabi Bagh, Laxmi Nagar, Connaught Place and Janakpuri were found serving expired beer to customers.
"The department takes action if restobars and clubs are found serving beer which has expired as per the written advice," excise official told PTI.
Five cases of serving alcohol to underage customers were also found, and complaints have been lodged with the police accordingly, the department reportedly said.
Expired beer is not a serious health hazard, per se. Experts agree that since most beer is pasteurised to get rid of bacteria, it’s very resistant to 'spoiling'. But expired beer does taste different. It will taste sour and won't have as much froth.
According to master brewer Grant Wood, all beer have very little oxygen, and as the aroma and flavour compounds oxidise over time, the compounds dissipate. But the speed of these reactions depends on the alcohol content of the beer and how it’s stored.
Wood told Yahoo! Lifestyle that beers with more alcohol volume have a longer shelf life, as do those that are refrigerated. You probably won't fall seriously ill if you consume beer which has passed the 'best by' date, and yet it is a violation of consumer rights.
For bottled beer, you can check the best by date on the bottle itself, but for checking the expiry of draught beer, you will have to talk to the owners of the pub.
In Delhi, the legal drinking age is 25 years. In June 2015, the department had submitted a proposal to the government advocating bringing down the legal drinking age to 21 for consumption of beer and wine. But it was turned down.
The department said during inspections, most of the restobars and clubs were also found violating the seat-capacity condition. In these cases, fines were imposed on such establishments.
(With inputs from PTI)