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Updated:  June, 2017 (frequently updated)

Bangalore has been a pub capital for decades and Craft Beer in the form of brewpubs began springing up in the city in 2010. Since then the number of brewpubs has grown to almost 30. Having visited several brewpubs since I returned to Bangalore in early 2014 there are quite a few that have consistently great brews, innovative recipes, great ambiance and service.

For the Complete List of Brewpubs (Map & Links) – PLEASE SCROLL TO THE BOTTOM OF THIS POST

Out of the  all the brewpubs in the city, these are my Top, Mid and Bottom Tier  recommendations by location.

  • Central – MG Road, Indiranagar/Old Airport, Koramangala/Sarjapur
  • South – Jp Nagar
  • East – Old Madras Road/Whitefield
  • West– Malleswaram
  • North – Sahakaranagar/Jakkur/Yelehanka

Please Note

To keep things fair, negatives have been included. You will find a complete listing of ALL the brewpubs towards the tail end of the post.

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Sampling – Please make sure you understand how to sample a Beer. My blog post on sampling should help you understand the basics including off flavors – you can read that here.

Off Flavors – Even your best brewpubs may the run the risk of producing an off batch for various reasons – equipment issues, raw material quality, the inability to cope with demand and so forth.

Tips – Please take time to understand what off flavors are and should you come across a Beer you feel that is off and isn’t what it ought to be, bring it to the management’s attention.See what they have to say before passing judgement. It is your right as a paying customer to have the a premium quality artisanal ale or lager after all!

If you are stuck for choices, drop me a note

What’s your opinion about these brewpubs and do you agree with the positives and negatives below? Your comments and feedback are valued – please do share.


CENTRAL

MG Road 

Arbor Brewing Company India (Top Tier)

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Baltic Porter and Tenderloin

Why – The American IPAs (APA) – the hoppiest in town at 80 IBU  and experimental brews.

Quintessentially American, Arbor has some of the strongest Ales in town (7-8 % ABV) One of the few brewpubs where the sampler has 8 and sometimes 10 different varieties to try. Direct from Ann Arbor Michigan to Bangalore – this is a brewpub with some history behind it. Good ambiance, indoor and outdoor seating, excellent food and decent service are all plus points.

Lighter BeersNo Parking Pilsner, a light bodied German style lager with plenty of carbonation and a mild earthy hop finish. The Belgian styled Brasserie Blonde is hybrid Saison – extremely sessionable due to its mild malt/hop profile with spicy/fruity/notes.

The Smooth Criminal, Honey Lavender ale is one of their best selling favorites, made with honey and fresh flowers makes it an easy drinking ale.  Organic honey and fresh lavender flowers make this brew a winner!

Hoppy (Bitter) Beers – The Raging Elephant, the best American style IPA (India Pale Ale) in town/India. Heavily loaded with flowery/citrusy/resiny hops, this will tickle your palate and leave a lasting bitter finish. At 80 IBU, this is a must try for all you Hop Heads out there. Arbor were serving this as a Nitro IPA – a gas blend of Nitrogen and Co2 that gives you an extremely creamy, smooth mouthfeel now. It does take away a little hop character but that’s perfectly fine. Update – They have gone back to serving without nitro but we say bring the Nitro back!

Strong/Dark/Full Bodied Beers – The Phat Abbot Tripel, Belgian styled ale (not really) with plenty of slightly sweet, spicy, fruity notes that dominate this full bodied strong ale. Michael Faricy’s Irish Stout is full bodied with a rich creamy nitrogen head and loads of flavor – chocolate and coffee notes from the roasted malt. The head maybe off at times – Arbor has haven’t perfected their nitro system yet but they are getting there!

Specials – Arbor rotates specials on a frequent basis and sometimes has more than one. This brewpub is the definition of innovation when it comes to pushing the envelope. What to watch out for :Double IPA, Buzz Saw IPA, Baltic Porter and Cold War Coffee Stout. If you’re looking to find the most experimental brews, this is the place to find them!  How about a Guava Habanero Ale? (That was once a special).

One of the first in the country to introduce Barrel Aged Sours. Arbor have already released two limited edition Sours aged in Wine barrels. Next up they have specials aging in Whiskey Casks and more specials in Wine casks. Aging takes 6-9 months so one must have a lot of patience but hats off to Arbor for being the first in the country to do so.

Current Special – Flower Power – Aging Elephant – My pick – Slightly barrel aged with a hint of sourness and fruity notes but enough hop character, this is how Sours should be.

Arbor is also the first brewpub in India to do a collaboration brew with another. In Nov 2015, Arbor teamed up with Gateway Brewing Co in Mumbai to create a new beer.

They are also the first Brewpub in Bangalore to do a collaboration Brew with some of the Craft Beer Enthusiasts in Bangalore from the club I belong to “The Bangalore Brew Crew”. Betel Juice – a lemongrass, betel leaf infused pale ale was brewed by us on Feb 20, 2016 and launched on April 5th. It sold out in 3 weeks!

Beers To Avoid – The Bangalore Bliss –  I’m not going to say avoid this but be cautious – this brew sometimes is not true to style – lacks the flavor and character an authentic Bavarian/German Hefeweizen should have and needs a great deal of improvement. You could be lucky and get a good batch. Some specials may or may not be up to par. If you feel a beer is has off flavors or is under carbonated, please let the management know.

Beer Cocktails – Arbor now has a new selection of Beer Cocktails designed with the help of Diageo featuring Tanqueray Gin, Ketel One Vodka & Johnnie Walker Red Label Scotch & of course a range of Arbor’s Beers.

Food – The food here has to be one of the best across brewpubs in the city.

Do try their Bacon-Chili-Cheese Fries – Beef Chilli, Bacon bits, fries, smothered in cheese and sour cream.For die hard meat lovers, the Sausage Platter will not disappoint either.

Chicken lovers try the Flaming Chicken and the Drunken Chicken right out of their tandoor oven. Veggies – The Champignon Al Ajillo – spicy grilled mushrooms  and the Mediterranean Plate – hummus platter.

If you have a monster appetite have the Arbor-ger – a 1/4 lb Beef Patty, lettuce, mayo, tomatoes & onion rings inside a spiced Masala bun served with French Fries and a side of slaw.

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Other great mains are the whole range of pizzas and the hard to be outdone. Try the “I Like To Party” meat lovers pie. Beef Tenderloin – tenderloin with red wine pepper sauce, mushrooms, pink peppercorns served with a side of lyonnaise potatoes and a a salad.

Extras – Pick up their T-shirts on sale to take a piece of the pub home with you!

Location: Magrath Rd, next to Garuda Mall, Opposite HomeStop

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The Biere Club (Mid Tier)

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Why – Bangalore’s First Brewpub that launched in 2010 and started brewing in 2011. Location, Location, Location – superb location and great food compliment some of the brews on tap. Plenty of seating and an airy patio on their upper level complete the experience.

They typically have a range of Beers in these 6 categories- Ale, Lager, Wheat, Stout, Seasonal & Club Special. The Club Specials are usually the reason one should visit.

Lighter Beers – Try any of the Lagers, Lite Lagers/Rice Lager and the Hefeweizen/Belgian Wit or the Blonde Ale. The English Browns at Biere Club have the right malt forward profile but seem to be low on the body and high on astringency.

Hoppy Beers – The Belgian Strong Ale, Session IPA, Bangalore Red

Strong/Dark/Full Bodied Beers – The Belgian Strong Ale is very nicely done – malt forward and sweet/fruity. The English Stout is mediocre and lacks body.

If you don’t feel like a beer, there are plenty of excellent cocktails, beer cocktails, wines and champagne – a complete experience.

Specials – These keep varying as the beers here tend to be on heavy rotation. They do a wonderful Irish Red (Amber) Ale. Do try their seasonal Mango cider/ale and new for this summer the absolutely refreshing Cucumber Coriander lager.

Beers To Avoid – Use your discretion after ordering a Beer Flight/Sampler. Some of the brews have great aroma and flavor but lack proper body/mouthfeel -there is much room for improvement and this feedback has been passed on to their brewing team several times but they seem to be happy making light bodied beers! Touche.

Food – Excellent platters, Fish n Chips, pizzas. They constantly keep introducing new food items to their menu so do ask for this the next time you are there.

Location: Vital Mallya Road

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Bootlegger

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Why -NOT a brewpub but a great selection of bottled craft beers – directly opposite the Biere Club – worth a visit! Small space with good a menu.

Bottled Beer – Selection varies but a good range from all over the world. Take your pick.

Draught – Standard Kingfisher or Fosters on tap.

Beers To Avoid – n/a

Specials – Vast Innovative cocktail menu  with a excellent assortment of bitters & well trained mixologists equals great cocktails. Try something new.

Food – Appetizers are all good here.  Good breakfasts here if you’re up that early and for the mains the Steak is a definite must try.

Location: Vital Mallya Rd, Opposite the Biere Club.

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Indiranagar/Old Airport

Toit (Top Tier)

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Toit Red – Amber Ale

Why -One of my favorite brewpubs for multiple reasons. Always busy which only means one thing – they are doing something right! Update – They recently upgraded their brewhouse and had to halt brewing to accommodate this. The system is still settling down and you may see a few Beers off tap – this is just temporary.

Lighter beers – The Tintin Toit, Belgian style Wit – light bodied with citrus and coriander notes. Toit Weiss – sweet, medium bodies with plenty of banana and clove notes – a great take on a Bavarian Hefeweizen and this brew is open fermented at Toit. If you’re really drawing a blank and want the lightest beer on the menu, go for the Basmati Blonde.

Hoppy (Bitter) Beers – The Colonial IPA (India Pale Ale), Medium bodied with the bitterness/flavour of hops dominating the finish and my personal Favorite The Toit Red – Caramel notes balanced with a hoppy finish.

Strong/Dark/Full Bodied Beers – The Dark Knight, full bodied with the flavor from the dark roasted malts shining through – subtle hints of chocolate and coffee with a nice creamy mouthfeel with a dry finish. One of the few brewpubs that uses Nitrogen (just like Guinness does) to give you that lovely creamy, frothy head.

Specials – These vary from time to time so keep an eye out for these. My Favorites include the Wheat IPA and Chocolate Porter.

Current Special – Aam Admi Ale – Mango Ale

Beers to Avoid –  Toit’s brews are usually very consistent. Some of the specials are just so so – always ask for a sampler. Some batches can sometimes have inconsistencies. If a beer tastes off, let the management know.

Food – Appetizers – Loaded Potato Skins, Beef Skewers, Toit Suvanachik. Mains – The wood fired pizzas are great, stuffed chicken and the steak.

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Bacon Wrapped Chicken

Extras – Toit rewards loyalty so download their app and sign up for the Kudix club.  The app tells you which beers are on tap and whey they were tapped, as well as a login screen for loyalty points – nothing wrong with a free beer for every 10 beers purchased! Don’t forget to read their blog and their newspaper and pick up some of their great merchandise – mugs, coasters, lighters, and tees.

Location: 100 FT Road near the CMH Road intersection

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The Beer Cafe | Indiranagar

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The Beer Cafe

NOT a brewpub but Beer Cafe serving a selection of brands.

  • A fairly new Beer Cafe Chain that has 50 brands from 17 countries. This is their 25th outlet in India – They currently have 26 brews available with draft beer on the way. A lovely space with bright, modern interiors located just up the road from Pecos. Be patient, more bottled imports are on the way – the delay is due to government delays. On Tap, Kingfisher and Fosters.
  • Innovative Brewtails – Beer Cocktails. Try their version of a re-worked Moscow Mule – vodka, ginger, cucumber, topped up with lager. Absolutely refreshing.
  • Food – The Corn Bhel has to be the ultimate companion whilst drinking Beer!

Location: 100 Ft Road near Toit/Pecos

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Murphy’s Brewhouse (Mid Tier)

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Blackbeard Stout

Why – If you live in Koramangala, you’re out of luck for decent Craft Beer. The closest brewpub with half decent beers is Murphy’s.

The Brews – 4 main brews on tap.

Paddy’s Poison – Golden/Amber, creamy ale – similar to an Irish Red or an American Pale Ale – malty with a nice hoppy finish.
Holy Sally – Their version of a Belgian Wit – disappointing as the beer lacked body – the flavors are off – Cinnamon and Coriander don’t gel well and these overpower the brew. Definitely a recipe that the brewmaster needs to rework.
Good Golly – Standard Lager – great tasting and perfect for a summer day.
Black Beard – Irish Stout – Excellent – rich, creamy, perfect head – smoky with a hint of caramel and that wholesome chocolate bitterness. This is their best brew.

Beers to Avoid –  Holly Sally – see notes above.

Food – Standard pub grub. The South Indian dishes here are what the Paul hotel is know for. My favorite – the Kerala Beef Fry.

Location: The Paul Hotel, Domlur Inner Ring Road.

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Koramangala/Sarjapur

Prost (Mid Tier)

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Why – Prost has gone through its ups and downs and if you’re in Koramangala, you don’t have a vast choice when it comes to Craft Beer.

On a recent visit, we found that standards have improved and they brewer is making a conscientious effort to improve quality and consistency.  They still have a bit of work to do to catch up with the rest of the pack but great effort.

This picture says it all – great lacing and a well made Beer!

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The interiors at Prost are a bit of a let down – it’s a little overdone with the industrial theme making them feel a bit too grungy.

Beers  To Try- The lager had a nice malty note, decent carbonation but a slightly better body would have really made this beer shine.

The Hefeweizen is right on the money – bubble gum and banana on the nose, on the sweet side – nicely done. A few more tweaks and they are there – as good as Toit’s Weiss. A little bit more body would have done the trick.

The English Dark Ale  – malty with a nice Hoppy backbone thanks to your classic English hops. Once a again, a slightly heavier body would have made this even more better.

The Stout is perfect in terms of flavor but under carbonated – thanks to equipment issues. If they had this on nitro, it would have rivaled Toit’s Dark Knight. . .

Beers To Avoid-The Cider (techinically not a beer bur tather a fermented fruit beverage) – too sweet and pack ng that depth, dryness and effervescence you typically associate with English dry Ciders or even Pune’s Doolally Cider

Food- Nachos and the Chilli Pork – Excellent. Do try Prost’s Pizzas. Service – efficient

Location- 80 Foot Road

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Biggie By The Beer Cafe

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Why – Not a brewpub but a Beer Cafe that will have up to 30 different types of Beer. Spread over almost 5,000 sq ft, this two storey pub/bar has several chill out spaces, a co-working space (Biggie@Work), a pool table, comfy couches/sofas, an outdoor garden complete with a sit-out and a balcony with a bar and sit-out.

If you’re in Koramangala and stuck for choices on Beers and don’t like the brewpubs in the area, you’re not alone – give Bigge a try – Domestic bottles, Imports and some draft lagers on tap and the food here compliments the Beers and is of good quality.

Location: 80 food Rd, next to Banjara Melting Pot.

Big Brewsky (Top Tier)

The Brewing Team here has changed and are settling in hence the shortage of Beers on tap. You can currently get either a German Hefeweizen on tap or a Belgian Wit (with a twist – an Indian spice mix in addition to the usual coriander and orange peel), as well as a few others on tap – IPA, Porter and a mango beer too. New variants are being worked on.

Various issues with existing equipment and a high demand for Beer are also responsible for this. The brewhouse has been upgraded with new massive 20 HL BBTS (Bright Beer Tanks for conditioning) that will enable the brewers to increase and maintain their output. The new tanks have been installed, so look for more beers on tap going forward.

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Why – You can’t beat the ambiance Big Brewsky has – a fabulous Koi pond surrounds the property with plenty of open air seating and no matter where you sit, you are guaranteed a great view. With a new rooftop space and garden, there are plenty of choices. Big Brewsky recently launched BigNewSky – a revamped look, a new food & cocktail menu and more Beers on tap. The ambiance is even better now.

Beers on Tap – .At the moment you usually find three to five beers on tap. If they don’t have beer, there are bottled beers you can choose from.

Light Beers – Belgian Wit, Hefeweizen, Blonde, Kolsch

Hoppy (Bitter) Beers –  Session IPA – dry hopped but low in IBU (Bitterness)

Strong/Dark/Full Bodied Beers – Porter/Stout

Specials – These keep varying.

Current Special – A Mango Ale Alphie is on tap!

Beers to Avoid – Beers here for the most part are well made. If you do feel you’ve come across a bad batch, please let management know but please understand your Beer styles before raising a red flag. There are always bottled Beers to choose if you don’t like what’s on tap!

Food – The food here is excellent – pizzas and platters are great! Do try their brand new menu created by celebrity Master Chef Saby. For appetizers try the appetizer with the Wasabi peas.

Do try some of their signature cocktails – The Old Pal with coffee and vodka is something else!

Location: Sarjapur Rd, Before the Wipro Corporate Office.

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SOUTH 

JP Nagar

Brewsky (Top Tier)

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Why – Definitely one of the better brewpubs in Bangalore and of my new favorites. An amazing rooftop with some wonderful brews on tap. This is one brewpub that really is worth the trip and definitely Worth The Froth.

Light Beers – The Summer ale, Kolsch, Hefeweizen, Belgian Wit are all excellent – balanced, flavorful, light/medium bodied with the right amount of carbonation.

Hoppy (Bitter) Beers – IPA, Amber Ale. The IPA is definitely one of the better ones in town specifically if you don’t like overly bitter brews. At 40-50 IBU, this is half the bitterness of the Raging Elephant at Arbor. Amber Ales tend to have some sweetness from caramel malts and a hoppy profile. Keep an eye out for specials such as the ESB is one for anyone who is fan of English Style Bitters.

Strong/Dark/Full Bodied Beers – The Stout/Rauch Bier/Dunkel/Weizenbock  – see what’s on tap and order accordingly

Specials – Saisonsone of the few brewpubs that does a Saison. Their recently brewed Cucumber Saison is something you should not miss. Off tap now but they plan to reintroduce this summer. Saisons are light, slightly spicy, dry summer ales that sometimes have peppery notes.  Some of the other specials are seasonal brews released for holidays/festivals.

Current Special – Cucumber Lager, Mango Wit

Beers to Avoid – None – Beers here are consistently good – great flavors, body and carbonation. Some of their specials may be just so-so. If you find a horrible Beer here, please comment!

Food – Standard Pub Grub – stick to the basics. The food here has lots of room for improvement which management is aware of and actively working on!

Location: 19th Main Road, JP Nagar

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EAST

Old Madras Road/Whitefield

3 Monkeys Brewpub (Top Tier)

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Why -3 Monkeys Brewpub has a club like ambiance which is great if you want to shake the blues away at any time of day but the star attraction here is the variety of expertly brewed European styled brews. If you are fan of German Bocks (lagers that are stronger than traditional lagers up to 8% ABV) and Belgian/English ales then this is the place to be!

Light Beers –  The Belgian Session Ale (light bodied) and their Hefeweizen (medium bodied with lots of banana and clove notes) are the brews for you. Cider lovers who like a cider on the tart/sour side, 3 Monkeys has a Mango Cider made with freshly squeezed Alphonso mangoes. These are lighter in body and on the sweeter/maltier side with low hop content. Ciders are never made with hops and are basically fermented fruity brews.

Hoppy (Bitter) Beers – These vary depending on the brewpubs brewing schedule but typically the Hopfenweizen is a wheat ale loaded with hops – IPA and Hefeweizen lovers make note! 3 Monkeys has a milder less bitter version of the Hopfenweizen – the Wheat IPA which has American hops (citrus, tropial fruit aromas). The Wheat IPA is now a standard house Beer. Heavily dry hopped but low on the bitterness.

Strong/Dark/Full Bodied Beers – If you like a stronger wheat beer then try the Weizenbock – same notes as a wheat ale but with a higher alcohol content with slightly sweeter notes coming from caramelized malt that is also used along with wheat. 3 Monkeys have now started using a Belgian Yeast Strain for the Weizenbock – it now resembles a Belgian Tripel with lots of fruity/spicy/funky notes on the nose and palate. This is one strong brew and definitely of the best Beers on tap here.

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Doppelbock – a much stronger version of a bock (dopple meaning double) and the version at 3 Monkeys is dark with a heavy malt character, sweet/fruity with low bitterness. This is a good alternative to a Stout. Check for availability – typically available during October .

New Nitro Stout – 3M has finally invested in a Nitrous system for their new Stout. Stay tuned for tasting notes.

Specials – These vary – Some of my favorites include the Irish Red, Scotch Ale and Wheat IPA. Watch out for Sours which are barrel aged in the near future!

Current Special – Mango Cider

Beers to Avoid – None of the Beers have been off so far. The Mango cider is sometimes a bit too tart depending on the batch.

Food – 3 Monkeys is one of the only few pubs that does an authentic Canadian Poutine. Poutine is made with french fries topped with cheese curds (similar to cottage cheese) smothered with gravy (typically made from Beef stock). Ask  your server if this is available. Veg/Non Veg Platters are great. Excellent Veg and Non-Veg Pizzas, Chicken kababs and my all time favorite – their Kerala Beef and the Pickled Beef.

Extras – Sign up for the Beerocrat program – you pay a one time sign up free. Benefits include discounted prices on all craft brews as well some freebies. Ask your server about the program and sign up!

Location: Gopalan Signature Mall, Old Madras Road.

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Windmills Craftworks (Top Tier)

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Why – A bit far away for those not in Whitefield but worth the drive. Definitely the classiest brewpub in town which also doubles as a jazz venue. We call it the “Ritz” of brewpubs. The brews here are some of the best – consistent and well balanced. The staff are well trained and one of the few brewpubs where they can actually walk you through a flight of beers! Well done Windmills.

Light Beers – Helles, Blonde, Vienna Ale, Hefeweizen. The Hefe is definitely one of the best in town – perfectly brewed with plenty of banana and clove notes with the right body/mouthfeel. The Munich style Helles is on tap quite often. Helles means’light’ – straw colored, low ABV lager with a very mild malt profile, crispy , dry with a lot less bitterness when compared to a German or Czech style Pilsner. This is a sessionable summer beer. If this isn’t available, choose the blonde. The blonde is a malt forward, sessionable summer beer and the brewers here usually experiment with different “fruity” hops making each batch different.

Hoppy (Bitter) Beers –IPA. Well balanced with a hop forward (bitter) finish. If you like American styled IPA’s you will like this beer. Once again Windmills have done a great job with their IPA – not as heavy on IBUs as Arbor but still dry hopped and loaded with American ‘C’ hops giving you plenty of citrusy/grapefruit/piney/resiny notes and flavor. The key here is malt balance – there is bitterness but this is off set with a malty backbone.

Strong/Dark/Full Bodied Beers  – Try the Dunkel (Dark) Weizen, Coconut Porter & Stout. All of these are brewed true to style and are well balanced. The Stout is typically the house beer and is on nitro.

Specials – An excellent selection of specials that vary. Most memorable so far – The Rauchbier (the malt used for this brew is smoked over beechwood) has lots of smoky bacon like notes – a fantastic dark ale. The last batch of their White IPA was absolutely brilliant – essentially a hoppy Belgian Wit.

Current Special – Belgian Style Saison (Batch 2 will be released Mid May)

Smoked Vienna Lager – Currently available -A nice take on a Rauchbier but vastly different as the malt smoked over oak wood gives it smoky/peaty notes comparable to the flavor profile in a Single Malt. The flavor may take a while to get used to but as your palate adjusts, you will enjoy the smokiness form this Beer and detect some of the bitterness from the noble hops used. A delight for those inclined towards Single Malt and Whiskies.

Beers to Avoid – None

Food – Try their burgers, sandwiches, ribs and fiddle around with their IPad ordering system! It’s a small concise menu. Ask for their lunch specials.

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Extras – Happy Hours do happen during weekdays and late nights – ask your server for details and if available.  Windmills has a loyalty program and they do conduct Brewery tours from time to time. Please ask your server for more details.

 

Location: EPIP Area, Next to KTPO.

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Biergarten (Top Tier)

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Why – Think Germany and traditional Beer gardens. Take that image and update the look and feel and what you get is a 14,000 sq ft, spacious, open air Craft Beer garden spread over two levels in Whitefield.

A brewpubs focus should be on it’s Craft Beer. At the Biergarten you will find traditional German style brews made with imported ingredients from Germany. There will be 4 Beers on tap. Currently there are 4 Beers on tap with plans to add one more tap. Pair your Beers with some great food, great ambiance and you’ve got a winning combination.

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Light Beers – The regular lager is clean, golden in color, crispy, malty and light bodied making it an ideal beer for session drinking (you can have more than 1 pint in one sitting).

Ales – The traditional German style Hefeweizen is a beer everyone across India savors. This ale is straw colored & cloudy with a nice fluffy head. On the nose, you get those signature esters – banana dominates with some citrus undertones. On the palate – sweet and bready with banana notes, finishing with a slight bit of tartness and is low in bitterness. This ale is definitely sessionable.

Hoppy (Bitter) Beers – The Amber (Strong) Lager uses caramel malts giving it a lovely amber color with plenty of toffee and caramel on the nose and palate. The sweetness from the malt is balanced with the earthy/herbal German noble hops used, giving you a smooth, medium bodied, well rounded beer that finishes slightly bitter.

They have released a hoppy, extremely sessionable Pale Ale – plenty of hop character, good malt forward balance with low bitterness. This is a winner for Bangalore.

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Strong/Dark/Full Bodied Beers – The Dunkel is made with darker malts making it dark brown in color with an off white head and giving it a slightly heavier body with roasted notes on the nose and a smooth, a sweet profile on the palate but with low bitterness. Once again this is a beer that is sessionable.

Specials –  Session Pale Ale – see description above.

Beers to Avoid –None at the moment. Since this a new brewpub, please bear in mind they may face a few teething issues ranging from equipment to demand and batch variations. If you find a Beer off, please flag down a staff, ask for the manager or the brewer and explain your concerns.

Food – 

The menu here is concise with a good choice of Continental, Asian & Indian food.  Both our visits took place during lunch time and we skipped the appetizers and sank into the mains directly but do try the varied range of vegetarian and non-vegetarian  appetizers including their sausages and dimsums.

Mains – If you’re a pulled pork burger fan, you’re in luck. The Pulled Pork Burger here is out of this world – slow cooked pulled pork, red onions, cheddar, tomatoes, dill pickles, basil smothered in barbeque sauce in between a sesame bun served along with a helping of crispy, spice dusted French fries. The portions here are substantial. Compliment this burger with the Amber lager

Try the Grilled Chicken Breast – served with a rich, creamy Dijon mustard sauce with baby potatoes, grilled vegetables is excellent as is the Grilled Fish with capers and a sauce made with olives served with grilled vegetables and potatoes. Pair both of these dishes with the Hefeweizen.

Extras – Ask for their loyalty program. Samplers here are free – so please ask for sampler before ordering a pint. Pints are slightly larger at 550 ml. Keep an eye for Happy Hour specials.

Location – Adjacent to Oliver’s Pub, Whitefield Main Road opposite the Shell Pump.

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153 Biere Street (Mid Tier)

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Why – An unmatched atmosphere – feels very European – great outdoor space. My recommendations are similar to the Biere Club – so read that first. Biere Street is a complete experience with shopping, other restaurants  and a wonderful sit out and garden area.

They typically have a range of Beers in these 6 categories- Ale, Lager, Wheat, Stout, Seasonal & Club Special

Light Beers – Lite Lager, Blonde Ale, Hefeweizen, Belgian Wit.

Hoppy (Bitter) Beers – The Session IPA, Bangalore Red.

Strong/Dark /Full Bodied Beers – English Stout and the Belgian Strong Ale.

Specials – The Beers here tend to be on heavy rotation. So keep an eye out for their specials. The Mango Biere is one seasonal you must try.

Beers to Avoid – Watch out for inconsistencies and off flavors. Please let the management know if you feel a Beer isn’t what it is made out to be.

If you don’t feel like a beer, there are plenty of excellent cocktails, beer cocktails, wines and champagne – a complete experience.

Food – Platters, Fish N Chips, Pizzas. The food choice here is excellent. You can’t go wrong with this.

Location: Behind Forum Value Mall

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The Beer Cafe| Vr Mall

Beer Cafe VR Mall

Image Courtesy: Manish MK

NOT a brewpub but Beer Cafe serving a selection of brands.

  • A fairly new Beer Cafe Chain that has 50 brands from 17 countries. This is their brand new outlet at VR Mall – They currently have 22 brews available with draft beer on the way. A lovely space with bright, modern interiors located just up the road from Pecos. Be patient, more bottled imports are on the way – the delay is due to government delays. On Tap, Kingfisher and Fosters.
  • Innovative Brewtails – Beer Cocktails. Try their version of a re-worked Moscow Mule – vodka, ginger, cucumber, topped up with lager. Absolutely refreshing.
  • Food – The Corn Bhel has to be the ultimate companion whilst drinking Beer!
  • Check out their range of Beer merchandise -their new BeerOSphere collection – great souvenirs for all Beer Geeks!

Location: VR Mall, Whitefield

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WEST

Malleswaram

District 6 (Top Tier)

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Why – If you go to Orion mall then give this brewpub a whirl. The only brewpub in town that follows the German purity law. With a brewmaster trained in Germany, some of the best brewing equipment in the world from Kaspar Schultz and German Weyermann hops and malt, you can expect quality brews. Couple that with award winning interiors that even include private dining areas, you have a top notch classy brewpub. They love doing Lagers for the most part so expect several variations on Lagers and on the Ale front – limited to Hefeweizens/Wheat Ales.

The Beers here are consistent and you have 6 Beers on tap.

Light Beers – D6 Radler, D6 Lager and D6  Wheat. The Radler is the lightest brew – very similar to a Lemon Shandy with Grapefruit. The Liberator Lager and The Chief Weiss are great session brews that are easy drinking and slightly sweet on the palate.

Hoppy (Bitter) Beers – D6 Strong Ale – Very similar to an Amber Ale with plenty of malt sweetness balanced by the bitterness from the Noble hops used.

Strong/Dark/Full Bodied Beers – D6 Strong Wheat -Weizen Bock & D6 Dark (similar to a Stout)

Specials – You tend to get specials during festivals such as Oktoberfest and Christmas.

Beers to Avoid – None.

Food – D6 has a very wide variety of food to choose from. For an authentic German experience, choose the items from their German menu. They do nice sandwiches, steaks, risottos & pizzas here and there are a few Indian items to choose from, as well.

New on the menu are items made with Beer – from Bread made with Malt to a pizza made with Malt to Beer sauces and batters, D6 has made an attempt to incorporate Beer into recipes!

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Location: Sheraton Hotel, Orion Mall

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North

Shakaranagar/Jakkur/Yelehanka

The Druid Garden (Top Tier)

Reception

 

Why – One of Bangalore’s newest brewpubs that opened their doors in 2016 and the first brewpub with authentic Czech style beers. The brewer here is from Czech and so to some of the equipment and all the raw materials that go into making these brews.

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The interiors are spacious and very well done with plenty of attention to detail. This is also the first brewpub with a retractable roof. A garden area on the rooftop is still under construction and will be completed soon.

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Quality brews, great ambiance, attention to detail and great service make this brewpub a must visit if you are in the area or better yet on the way to the airport before you catch a flight!

They have 3 beers on tap currently but will scale this to up to 8 beers on tap shortly. The brewery capacity is large and they can easily cope with demand and have enough tanks to ensure every beer is matured/conditioned right.

Beer Flight

Lighter Beers – The Czech Pilsner is by far the most authentic Czech style pilsner you can find in Bangalore. Malt forward, crispy light, well carbonated with the right Saaz hop finish. You do get a nice hint of sweetness from the malt in the finish. My personal favorite and something that goes down easily.

The Hefeweizen – You’re all used to Hefewizens but this one has a fruitier ester component not just bananas but mixed fruits and the clove /spice aroma is present in the background. Slightly heavier bodied than most Hefe’s, this has the right flavor profile and is literally a meal in itself.

 

Hoppy Beers – IPA on tap now – Hopped with American and German hops to give you loads of orange and strawberries on the nose. Medium bodied with a lingering bitter finish. IBU ~ 40

Strong/Dark/Full Bodied Beers – Bohemian Lager – No, this is not a Stout but a dark lager with plenty of dark chocolate and caramel notes but is light bodied and easy to drink. Very similar to the Dunkel lager at Biergarten and District 6.

Stout, Belgian Wit, Basmati Lager – Coming soon.

Specials – TBA .

Beers To Avoid –  None. If you do find a Beer that tastes off or strange, please bring this to the attention of the managers.

Food –  The food here is good overall. Excellent pizzas with imported meats and an excellent range of continental and Indian mains.. Equipped with a state of the art kitchen and highly experienced chefs, this is gourmet brewpub dining at best.

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Location: Sahakaranagar Main Rd

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Top Tier Brewpubs 

From the list above these are the Top Tier brewpubs based on beer quality, batch consistency and overall service, in no particular order:

  • Windmills Craftworks
  • Biergarten
  • Brewsky
  • Big Brewsky
  • The Druid Garden
  • District 6
  • Toit
  • Arbor Brewing Co
  • 3 Monkeys

 

Bottom Tier Brewpubs 

The brewpubs not on the list above are not there for a reason. Please note that brewpubs yet to be visited are not part of this grouping.

Several are run as businesses focusing only on revenue, with no central focus on their brews and this reflects in the quality of the product – inconsistent batches, brews that do not reflect the flavor profiles of the styles they are based of. These brewpubs need to step up their game if they want to survive in the long run. Some have one or two good beers but fall short on the rest. Others aren’t up to par by any means.

That being said – we understand that they may be challenges the brewer faces with equipment, keeping up with demand and managerial issues however a better effort can be made by these institutions to improve quality. Calling your self a Craft Brewery is only valid if you make the effort to serve artisanal brews without cutting corners. Otherwise you may as well join the rest of the bars and serve us regular bottled/draft beers.

How do we fix these issues? If brewpubs are open to constructive feedback from fellow brewers and beer enthusiasts and if we can all work as a family to help each other get better, it’s a win-win situation for everyone.

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Complete Listing – All of Bangalore’s Brewpubs

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Coasters – Taken with my Nexus 5

Craft Beer Map

Link: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1hDj-_7hywqYx0xTS4Q0eFBB2CdI&usp=sharing

  1. Toit – Indiranagar.
  2. Windmills Craftworks – Whitefield
  3. Arbor Brewing Company – Brigade Road
  4. 3 Monkeys Brewpub – Old Madras Road
  5. District 6 – Malleswaram
  6. Big Pitcher – Old Airport Road
  7. The Biere Club – Vittal Mallya Road
  8. The Biere Club at 153 Biere Street – Whitefield
  9. Murphy’s Brewhouse – Domlur
  10. Vapour – Indiranagar
  11. Brewsky – JP Nagar
  12. Big Brewsky – Sarjapur
  13. Barleyz – Koramangala
  14. Prost – Koramangala
  15. Punjabi by Nature – Koramangala/BTM Layout
  16. *Punjabi by Nature – Whitefield
  17. Biere Republic – Church Street {CLOSED}
  18. Euphoria –  U4IA – New BEL Road. {Now taken over by Xtreme Sports Bar}
  19. Bangalore Brew Works – Residency Rd. Started Brewing Sep 2015.
  20. *The BrewMaster Bangalore – KR Puram Lake/Whitefield Area – Soft Launch Feb 2016 and are Brewing. Rumor that they have ceased operations.
  21. The Brew and Barbeque – ORR/Mahadevapura – Inside Soul Space – Soft Launch Mar 4, 2016. Beers on tap June, 2016.
  22. *Farzi Cafe – UB City – Open, June 27th. Waiting on Brewing License. Beers on tap ~ Q3 2017. *Made In Punjab – UB City – Open Sep, 26th. Waiting on Brewing License. Beers on tap ~Q3 2017.
  23. Bieregarten Brewery and Kitchen – Whitefield – Open July, 2016. Beers on tap – October 2016.
  24. The Whitefield Arms – Whitefield – Open June, 2016 – Waiting on license – Beers on tap – July 2017.
  25.  The Druid Garden – Sahakara Nagar – Open November 2016 – Beers on Tap – May 10 2017.
  26.  Brewklyn Microbrewery – Kalyan Nagar – Open December 2016 – Beers on Tap Now
  27.  Hoot – Sarjapur Road – Open  December 23 – Beers on Tap Now
  28. * Communiti – Residency Road – Open January 7 – Waiting on Brewing License, Beers on Tap May 2017.
  29. * Red Rhino – Open March 2017 – Waiting on Brewing License.

* indicates brewpubs yet to be visited

For news of other projects and other Beer/Craft Beer gossip, please visit “The Rumor Mill”.

 Opening in 2017

  • Playboy Beer Garden – Indiranagar
  • Pyramid Shaped Brewpub – Indiranagar
  • BierKraft – Outer Ring Road
  • Red Rhino – Whitefield
  • New Project x 2 – Jaynagar
  • New Project – Indirangar
  • New Project – BTM Layout
  • New Project x3- Koramangala
  • Vapor Bar Exchange – Sarjapur
  • New Project – Marathalli
  • Brewpub at The Berry’s Hotel – Sarjapur
  • Biere Republic – Sarjapur

 


More Photos/Info

A detailed review of each one of these brewpubs will be a part of my ‘Featured BLR Brewpub of the Month’ section which will be published eventually.


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  10. This one’s worth bookmarking! Love how you’ve summarized each place, I’m definitely consulting this the next time I’m in the mood for a beer 🙂

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