Today is Friday 6th August. The day is celebrated as International Beer Day throughout the world. India, my motherland, is not an exception. Why not venture out today to the top breweries in India? You must be thinking India and brewery? Isn't beer always imported into India?
Well, let me clear the confusion. India has some finest breweries to be extremely proud of. In recent times, many of them have popped up in different cities of India. Proudly producing exotic beers satiating your tastes and preferences, there are about 200 brewpubs in India. Most of them are located in Bengaluru and Gurgaon.
The White Owl in Mumbai
The White Owl in Mumbai is one of the fabulous breweries in India. Specializing in hosting fine-crafted beers, it is an entertainment-packed place to spend with your friends and close ones. The best part of the brewery is its brewing methods, a combo of traditional as well as modern techniques. Beer lovers will enjoy sitting and relaxing inside its premises while sipping at their favorite brands.
Its beer specialties are Belgian Whit or Irish Red Ale, Diablo with a caramel flavor, Halcyon or wheat beer, Torped or American Pale ale, English Porter or Shadow, and Munich Lager or Outlander. The first three are good for those who are trying out beer for the first time. But if you are a seasoned drinker then the last four ones must be the ones to choose from.
While at the White Owl, you will be entertained with live music and sumptuous cuisines to savor your taste buds. The glasses are designed with owls, symbolic of the place.
Location: One Indiabulls Center at Nicholar Piramal Tower in Lower Parel West, Mumbai, in the state of Maharashtra.
7 Degrees Brauhaus in Gurugram
7 Degrees Brauhaus is one of the authentic breweries in India. It is very popular among the locals and people residing in the nearby cities too. The brewery is located at Gurugram in Haryana. It serves Indian and German beers, the specialty being wheat beer. Besides you can enjoy delectable dishes from the German and Continental cuisines. It is suited for both first-timers and experienced beer drinkers.
The interiors of the brewery are artistically curated to bring in the traditional feel. Rustic flooring, wooden furniture, high ceiling, and chestnut trees portray the intriguing beauty of the place. You can visit their in-house brewery plant and taste some of their delectable beers.
Location: Third Floor of the South Point Mall in Golf Course Road, Gurugram in the state of Haryana.
Toit in Bengaluru
Toit is one of the most popular breweries in India. It is said to be a paradise for beer lovers. Crowds throng into the brewery, especially during the weekends and Fridays. It serves a plethora of beer varieties, naturally crafted to soothe your taste. Besides serving beer, Toit is renowned for its mouth-watering dishes, baked and cooked on a wood fire. Hence while relishing on your glass of beer, you can titillate your taste buds by ordering the side recipes.
The specialty of the brewery is Belgian style ale or Belgian Riot, Smoked rye ale or Independence Brew, Scottish ale or Winter's Ale, Indian pale ale or Breaking Matt, CzechMate, Tintin Toit, and the Dark Knight.
The interiors are wonderfully designed and adorned with wooden furniture and brick walls; an altogether royal ambiance. Toit offers exclusive brewery tours to witness the production process and taste some of its beer brands.
Location: 100 Feet Road in Indira Nagar, Bengaluru in the state of Karnataka
Independence Brewing Company in Pune
Independence Brewing Company in Pune is one of the fascinating breweries in India. You can check out the art of brewing inside their premises as part of their brewing tours. The tours are interesting, where the guides intricately explain the entire beer production process in detail. Live music entertains the guests as they indulge in the tours while relishing the home-produced brews.
The brewery offers a wide variety of beers, a perfect haven for beer lovers. The hand-crafted beers are delicious and tasty. Its specialty being Kolsch style ale or Four Grain Saison, Ryan Pale Ale, Hefeweizen, and Belgian wit. Besides, the menu includes cocktails, wines, shooters, and craft beers too.
Location: Zero One in Mundhwa Road, Pune in the state of Maharashtra.
Windmills Craftworks in Bengaluru
The Windmills Craftworks in Bengaluru brings in a unique combo of delectable beers, delicious food items, and a jazz studio. Music, beer, and food blend into an exotic combination entertaining the guests throughout the evening. It is one of the most popular breweries in India. The specialty beers of the brewer are Bohemian Pale Ale, Coconut Brown Ale (made with jaggery and coconut), and American Amber Ale.
If you want some solitude within the brewery premises, you can sit inside and relax. But if you want to be in the midst of the people around, there is an open-air arrangement too. Live jazz performances are held in their theatre for a warm and cordial environment. They even have a library where you can read some rare collections of books. Isn't that marvelous? A glass or bottle of beer, light music, and books. Absolute bliss.
Location: No.331 at 5B Road in Whitefield, Bengaluru in the state of Karnataka.
Arbor Brewing Company in Bengaluru
Arbor Brewing Company in Bengaluru is one of the finest breweries in India. It is headquartered in Michigan, started by Matt and Rene Greff. The branch in India was inaugurated in 2012, run by Gaurav Sikka, a native of Bengaluru. Its specialties are German beer or No Parking Pilsner, Honey Lavender Ale, Phat Abbot from Belgium, and Irish Stout Dark.
The brewery offers beer tasting opportunities, so must not miss it. Different varieties of ales like dark, bitter, smoked, and spiced can be tested by the beer connoisseurs. Countryside-style music entertains beer lovers and enthusiasts.
Location: Allied Grande Plaza in Ashok Nagar, Bengaluru in the state of Karnataka.
Have you visited any breweries? How was your experience? Do please share your comments and feedback.
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