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How a Northeastern graduate is using his brewing company, Rupee Beer, for cultural diplomacy, not just good times

Vanit Sharma of Rupee Beer, samples beer at Dorchester Brewing Company in Boston, Massachusetts. Photo by Matthew Modoono/Northeastern University

When Vanit “Van” Sharma graduated from Northeastern University in 2011, he wanted to be a diplomat. Instead, he created a brewing company, but it turns out they’re more similar than you might think.

Founded by Sharma and his brother, Sumit, during the COVID-19 pandemic, Rupee Beer is a lager designed to be paired with Indian food, but it’s more than that. Rupee is a way to honor their family’s Indian roots, their parents’ legacy as entrepreneurs and show the world the beauty of Indian culture. 

“This is beer diplomacy 101,” Sharma says. “We’re representing the culture.”

Continue reading at Northeastern Global News.

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