With new independent craft breweries popping up every day, it has never been easier to imbibe high-quality, well-made beer from all over the world right here in Mumbai. These crisp, light and fresh beers, have changed the way people now drink beers and even entice non-beer drinkers who willingly try a hoppy pale or a classic stout. One no longer needs to guzzle a fizzy beer from a bottle with a popular label, but can instead savour beers from tap, made fresh and in-house by several breweries. From hand-crafted to artisanal beers, there is one, for every beer lover now. So head to a taproom or brew pub and sip your favourite craft beer. My top 5 picks:
This mecca for craft beers, Brewbot, which now has a second outpost in Bandra, offers a wide range of in-house craft beers. Botwork orange -a Belgian wit, floating head -a German Hefeweizen and skywalker -a German kolsch pale beer from Cologne are not-to-be-missed. The cosy and stylish ambience and good food further enhances the experience.
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This casual dining place cum taproom exudes a chic and relaxed vibe. The menu is varied, but the focus is clearly beers. The creamy Guinness-meets-coffee Kaapi Stout is a highlight. The white zen too is a good option. With hints of clove and banana, it makes for an enjoyable drink.
One can choose from an array of beers here. Don’t miss the Oktoberfest Marzen brewed with significant amounts of Vienna and Munich malt. Well-balanced, it is a light and refreshing beer. The blackberry pie is a fruity beer and great for first-timers. If in doubt, go for the Beer flight and taste 45 ml of all beers.
The nutty and coffee flavoured oatmeal stout here is a must try. The variety is mind-boggling, as at any given time, one can choose from the 11 beer offerings straight from their brewery in Turbhe. The expansive space and pulsating vibe makes it a must-visit place.
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One is spoilt for choice here, as there are beers and more beers on the menu. The apple cider and Belgian wit, stand out among the offerings. One can opt for one pint or half pint and both these are easy-on-the-wallet.
Food critic, features writer and columnist, Mini Ribeiro is a qualified Journalist, from IIMC New Delhi. She specialises in the Food & Beverage and Hospitality space. As an established food & beverage writer, Mini currently contributes to several leading English publications across the country – Asian Age, Hindustan Times, Sunday Financial Express, Hotelier India, Go Getter and Vistara inflight magazines and Rediff.com. She also has her own You Tube channel called Mini’s Food Fundas. Fond of cooking, Mini enjoys experimenting in the kitchen with various cuisines, with Indian regional food, being her favourite. She has recently started, a platform for home talent, called 'Flavours from Home', an initiative which aims to make women who are passionate about cooking, entrepreneurs.
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