Written by: Jaii Fredregill
Destination: Bengaluru, India
Visited: February 2018
Bengaluru (Bangalore) is often referred to as the capital of beer in India, so it is no surprise that there the nearly 20 local brewers here are churning out delicious craft beer. During my recent travel to this city, the hot, sun-drenched weather made cold beer a particularly welcome relief. Most of the small batch microbrews I sampled could hold their own against those I have had in the U.S., Europe and other parts of Asia.
Cold beer also pairs well with spicy, flavorful food of which there is no shortage of in India. If there is one thing people in Bengaluru know as well as beer, it's food. If you visit, skipping breakfast at least once to enjoy some food and beer pairings at a brew pub serving local dishes is a great way to spend the afternoon and learn a little about the culture.
The Biere Club
20/2, Vittal Mallaya Rd, Bangalore, India 560001
On the hunt for exquisite beer? Keep an eye out for The Biere Club's bright red building.
The Biere Club kicked off the brewpub craze in Bengaluru in 2010, and it has continued to gain steam ever since. The atmosphere is casual and the staff hospitable. Free WiFi is available, and there is a full bar in case some in your party prefer cocktails.
Left to Right. Right to Left. It's a great experience in either direction.
I tasted all of their beer, in the interest of bringing you the most accurate information, of course. The Wheat and IPA are outstanding. The wheat was light with a strong citrus finish which I appreciate, especially on a hot day when another pilsner just won’t cut it. The IPA was smooth and not overpowered with hops as some can be.
If you like to make new friends, you'll have plenty of food to share at The Biere Club.
Both went well with the tasty Indian lamb seekh from the kebab menu. By the way, the serving sizes here are generous, so bring some friends. There are also several options for vegetarians.
78, Field Marshal Cariappa Rd, Ashok Nagar, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560025, India
Communiti is comfy inside and out.
More a restaurant than a brewery, Communiti (pictured at the top of this post) has good beer but not the best service. The comfortable garden seating and a decent basket of salty fries helped to ease the annoyance a bit, but if a local friend hadn’t brought me here, Communiti would not have registered on my microbrewery radar.
Communiti tasting flight.
If you stop in, I recommend the Hefeweizen and Wheat IPA. American and Italian cuisine makes up the food menu, and the cocktails are of the classic variety.
G-03, G-04, G-05 26/1, Gateway Campus, Dr. Rajkumar Rd, Malleshwaram, Rajajinagar, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560055, India
The bar at District 6.
Located at The Sheraton Hotel in the northern part of town, District 6 recently celebrated the 1-year anniversary of its Bengaluru location. They specialize in brewing German-style beers and even import all of the ingredients for the six they have on offer from Germany.
Sampler pours - District 6.
The lager, called “The Liberator,” is first-rate and what I would order if I were to return. If you are thirsty enough, you can order a boot of beer. Personally, I understand the novelty of this but have always found it just ends up getting warm before I can finish. The location is a bit isolated, but the lovely outdoor seating area does make up this somewhat.
298, 100 Feet Road, Near KFC Restaurant, Indira Nagar II Stage, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560038, India
Welcome to Toit Brewpup.
This local favorite is serving up western food in an atmosphere somewhere between TGI Fridays and Wetherspoons. There can be a wait during peak hours and the outdoor seating is dog-friendly. To be honest, this was not my favorite of the breweries I visited, but the Dark Knight stout was certainly worth the trip.
The Dark Knight Stout and other brews at Toit.
Brewery tours are available the first Saturday of the month at noon for RS 600 / USD 9.25. These include beer sampling, food pairing, and a T-shirt. Here is a link to more information http://toit.in/tour/
8 Magrath Rd, Allied Grande Plaza 3rd Fl, Ashok Nagar, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560025, India
Arbor's slightly hidden location on the 3rd floor.
Last but certainly not least, is Arbor Brewing Company, originally hailing from Ann Arbor Michigan. Upon arriving, the building may appear abandoned; it's not. Go to the right of the building, and you will see the lift and a sign for Arbor on the 3rd floor. Your welcome and enjoy your journey, because this place is serving some of the best beer in Bengaluru.
You may want to skip the samplers and just go straight to half pints at Arbor.
The attentive staff knows these beers well. They can answer any questions you have and get your beer to you fast. I was hard-pressed to choose my first pint. So I had two more.
Cheers to Arbor Brewing Company, and all the other brewers of Bengaluru. I appreciate this opportunity to sample some of the regional beers and only wish I had more time to try them all.