Looking to cool down with a fresh pint of beer this blazing summer? Well, you might want to keep an eye out for the expiration dates on your cold brews, because your server might not be. Some of the restobars at popular hangout spots in Delhi have been found serving “expired beer”, as per the Excise department.
During surprise inspections — conducted between August 19, 2017, and April 13, 2018 — by the Excise department discovered that nine popular restobars in Vasant Vihar, Rajouri Garden, Saket, New Friends Colony, Punjabi Bagh, Laxmi Nagar, Connaught Place and Janakpuri have been serving “expired beer” to their customers.
The revelation was made by the Excise department in response to a query by AAP MLA Vishesh Ravi in the Delhi Assembly. It was revealed that 94 establishments, out of a total 214 which were inspected last year, were in violation of excise rules.
“The department takes action if restobars and clubs are found serving beer which has expired as per the written advice,” an excise official said, adding that beer bottles bear a written advice along with a “best before” date.
Additionally, out of the nine establishments, five were found to be serving liquor to “underage customers”. According to the Excise department, a complaint has been lodged with the police regarding the same.
Recently, the department sent a proposal to the state government, requesting for the legal drinking age to be lowered from 25 to 21, however, the proposal was rejected.