All types of local / Indian / international alcohol brands are available in Bhutan and at a very cheaper rate and there is no issue about drinking at public places provided Tuesday as a dry day where alcohol’s were not allow to sell or drink. But the real thing is the home-made arra and chang, which you'll taste when you visit a home or an archery contest.
Suja or butter tea is Bhutanese famous tea meaning Su: Churn and Ja: Tea. Suja is made from tea leaves, water, salt and yak butter. However, in recent times, butter made from cow's milk is increasingly used, given its wider availability and lower cost.
Back in the olden days, the preparation of Suja was quite a big task. To make this specialty in Bhutan, a wooden churner was used to churn the butter for the tea. These days, however, a simple blender does the trick and with tea leaves available in little packets for sale in the market, making Suja is easier than ever before.
Tsampa: Tsampa is a hearty, nutty-tasting flour made from roasted barley.The most common way to eat tsampa is to mix it by hand with butter tea, dried dri cheese (the dri is the female of the yak species) and sometimes sugar, to form a dough
- Beer of Bhutan
Bhutan now has many beers, including craft beers. Bhutan’s beer culture is rapidly growing and Bhutanese are developing a taste for ingenious craft beers along with the already sought after strong beers. Many now prefer them over home brewed alcohols like Ara, Bangchang, and Singchang. Ara is made of grains like wheat and is distilled. The beverage is usually clear like water, unlike Bangchang and Singchang which are fermented and usually appear creamy or white in color. The commercialization of home-brewed alcohols is illegal in Bhutan.
- Druk 11000 can be found in every corner of Bhutan. It is a strong beer. Available in cans and bottles
- Bhutan Glory is an amber ale brewed by Serbhum Micro Brewery in Thimphu. Available in cans and on tap. This is my favourite beer.
- Dragon Stout is a dark beer. Sold in cans and from the tap at some popular bars.
- Red Rice Lager by Namgay Artesenal Brewery in Paro. Available in 330ml bottles and on tap at popular bars.
- Red Panda. It is weiss beer from Bumthang. Sold in bottles and from the tap. I used to drink Red Panda before the Amber ale came into the market.
- Wheat beer by Namgay Artesenal Brewery. Available in 330ml bottles and on tap at popular bars.
- Whisky of Bhutan
Some of you travellers may be tempted to buy a bottle of alcohol from your embarkation airport to enjoy after your dinner during your trip to Bhutan, but fret not, good whiskeys are in no short supply in this hidden kingdom.
Produced mainly by the Army Welfare Projects (AWP) as a way to fund projects for the welfare of the armed force.
- K5 - A Premium Whiskey
K5 Himalayan Whiskey is the first whiskey blended and bottled in Bhutan. The product is named “K5” after the 5th King of Bhutan, HM King Jigme Khesar Namgyal Wangchuck’s coronation. Blended and bottled in Gelephu, Bhutan, it uses vatted malt imported from Scotland, high quality grain neutral spirit and natural spring water.
- 1907 - Limited Edition
Year 1907 marks a momentous and auspicious occasion in the history of Bhutan. Tribute to 100 years of Remarkable Contribution of the Institution of Monarchy and the coronation of the Fifth Druk Gyalpo Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck.
1907 whisky is a carefully selected batch of 12 years old single malt. It gives way to flavours of creamy ripples of hazelnut and finishing off with a lingering hints of vanilla and toffee.Simply joyous to the palate. Only 12,500 bottles were produced from 2008 to mark this wonderful occasion. This is a Limited Edition bottle that comes in a beautiful regal jewel box set and every bottle comes with a serial number.
- The Silver Jubilee
This is the Malt Whisky Which is a popular Brand Produce in Bhutan and yeah it has some Importance, Well the "Coronation Silver Jubilee Whisky" Which was Produced By Gelephu Distillery in 1999 to Celebrates the Silver Jubilee Reign of 4th Druk Gyalpo, His Majesty Jigme Singye Wangchuk.
- Special Courier
Launched way back in 1983, Special Courier Whisky conveys one of the very uniqueness of the Land of Golden Dragon to Whisky connoisseurs. Special Courier is carefully blended over four years with selected Malt Whisky exclusively vatted and selected by our master blender to obtain the extraordinary virtue of Scotch.
The Special Courier is extremely popular among the locals and is often out of stock due to its popularity.
- Bhutan Highland
Highland grain whisky includes some of the best examples of independently bottled grain whisky from all of Scotland.