AN INDIAN restaurant has taken a bold leap into brewing.

Weymouth’s award winning restaurant, Shalim's Balti House has launched Anokha, its very own premium lager, which means ‘unique’ in Hindi.

The new brew was the brainchild of Shalim Abdul, the owner of Shalim's Balti House.

He said: “We have been serving the traditional lagers that you have come to expect from an Indian restaurant for years but I wanted to do something different and offer something unique. Then came the chance to develop this lager with a friend.”

Shalim has been blind taste testing the lager with his customers for the last few weeks and has been encouraged and pleased with the feedback he’s received.

He said: “I have been letting my customers taste Anokha with other lagers we serve and to even my surprise we are having a really high taste test approval.”

Family-run Shalim's Balti House Indian restaurant first opened its doors in Weymouth back in 1996 in the Clipper Cafe site on Commercial Road in Weymouth under the name of The Balti House Indian Restaurant

The father and son business grew from strength to strength in the 1990s and at the dawn of the new millennium in 2000, Shalim took over the business from his father. Since then Shalim's Balti House has won countless local and national awards including the British Curry Awards five times.