When it comes to beer, Bengaluru has it all: from the mighty India Pale ale to mango and jamun-flavoured seasonal brews; and everything in between. Karnataka’s capital has dozens of decent microbreweries and while we can’t mention them all, we asked beer-head Ram Vaidyanathan, co-founder of Craft & Co. (a Facebook community based on Indian craft drinks), and Suprio Bose, LFEGA jury member and founder of The Nomad Foodie, to help pick five places to drink great beer in Bengaluru.
Arbor Brewing Company (ABC)
Established in 1995, Michigan, the Arbor Brewing Company came to India in 2012. The American-style brewpub doesn’t just serve beer – it lives and breathes it, shares Bose. Nodding in agreement, Vaidyanathan adds, “The highlight of the brewery is the rotating selection of eight original craft beers, so there’s a wide range to drink and you don’t get bored. Plus, the quality of brews is one of the best in the city.” What sums up the whole experience at ABC, according to the two, is the relaxed and easy-going ambiance and the creative pub food with a desi twist.
Where: 3rd Allied Grande Plaza, No. 8, Magrath Rd, Ashok Nagar, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560025
Byg Brewski Brewing Company
With 16 types of beers on tap, brewed by master brewer Martin Benrad, and approx. 200 global dishes, curated by TV host and chef Sabyasachi Gorai, Byg Brewski Brewing Company is a candy shop equivalent for a craft beer lover. Spread across a sprawling 65,000 sq.ft, Bose informs that it is Asia’s largest brewpub. It boasts of five experience zones including an Amphitheatre for live performances, a high-energy pub, a party zone, a chill zone, and a sunset point. So, no matter what your mood, they’ve got a setting for you.
Where: 22/123, Byrathi Village, Bidarahalli Hobli, Hennur
For Vaidyanathan, Biergarten’s willingness to innovate and experiment is what excites him the most. “That’s the true spirit of craft,” he says. It has a ‘trial and error’ series, a tap exclusively reserved for experimental beers such as bubblegum IPA, peach sour, and blueberry stout. Biergarten is inspired by the German beer gardens—community tables and benches to encourage beer lovers to bond over freshly-brewed brews. The Craft & Co. co-founder also mentions that this beer garden promises lip-smacking local as well as fusion food such as medu vada pops, ghee roast chicken, and Andhra chilly chicken.
Where: 2, Doddenakundi Industrial Area, Graphite India Main Road, Doddanekundi
A cozy seating area with floor to ceiling windows, hi-tech iPad ordering service, a huge selection of books to browse, live jazz music, and a microbrewery with the most unique beers (from traditional to seasonal) on offer – all this, away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Sounds like the perfect getaway. In addition to this definitive ambiance, Windmills Craftworks has a selection of unique seasonal as well as classic beers. Vaidyanathan adds, “Also, I love the fact that they’ve got a taproom at the airport. I don’t why hasn’t anyone thought about this yet!”
Where: No. 331, 5B Road, EPIP Zone, Next L&T Infotech, Whitefield, Bengaluru, + 91 88802 33322
Aurum Brew Works
A recent entrant in Bengaluru’s microbrewery scene, Aurum has been impressing beer lovers with its range of brews and contemporary cuisine. The Belgian Witbier and Hefeweizen are two of Aurum’s bestsellers. As far as the grub is concerned, the microbrewery features western, modern Indian, and Karnataka cuisine. Spread over two levels, it has a partially sheltered terrace with over 200 varieties of plants to give you a break from the usual brick and mortar grunge setting.
Where: 3rd Floor, Gold Sand, Doddakannelli, Sarjapur Main Rd, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560035