Chandigarh truly relishes its beer and, with the number of microbreweries that have opened doors this year, the trend only seems to be going upwards. With diners in the city eager for more, it comes in as little surprise that a 5-star property decided to open a microbrewery of its own.
Say cheers to 35 Brewhouse housed in JW Marriott Chandigarh. To its credit, 35 Brewhouse is indeed the region’s first microbrewery located inside a 5-star hotel and includes 35 in its name for Sector 35, the hotel’s location. What is more, the place boasts of ample space including an alfresco dining area complete with private cabanas and a food truck.
Step inside the swanky new microbrewery and you are greeted with a fun, relaxed vibe. Designed like a German brewhouse, the interiors and warm and woody and there is a really, really long island bar. The copper-tinted brewery tanks take pride of place here. With ample light filtering in, the place is lively – a welcome change from the often dingy and loud microbreweries elsewhere in town. “35 Brewhouse has been conceptualised as not just a microbrewery but like a lounge where one can look forward to different experiences. We will host diverse events that will appeal to all tastes,” says Dilpreet Singh Bindra, General Manager, JW Marriott Chandigarh.
And that thought reflects well - both in the ambience as well as the menu. Before we mention the line-up of food, which is indeed well curated, let us look at the highlights from the bar. Prepared with the choicest of malts, hops and yeast procured from Germany, Belgium, Czech Republic, US and UK, the authentically handcrafted brews served here come in 5 variants – there is the Indian Pale ale (IPA), German Lager, Hefe-Weizen, Strong Wheat and a Master’s Brew. We are told that the microbrewery conforms to ‘Reinheitsgebot’, the ‘German Beer Purity Law’, to ensure that the craft beer is made without any chemicals and is authentic down to the last sip. The Master’s brew here is the Jägermeister Beer which does a fine balancing act with flavours. Made from 56 herbs, it truly is well crafted. “Our beers are matured naturally for 18 to 21 days without filtering. This allows the beer to retain their natural, malty texture,” explains Kumar Gaurav, Brewing Consultant at JW Marriott Chandigarh, adding that apart from craft beers, beer-based cocktails and spirits are also available.
While it is very easy for a place like this to rustle up a menu packed with popular favourites, it is nice to see that the 35 Brewhouse has taken the effort to toss up some new variants. The Bharwaan Soya Chaap, for instance, is a refreshing take on the getting-increasingly-popular soya starters. The Prawn Spring Roll, Chilli Chicken Dimsum and Chinese Bhel – a Chinese twist to the Bhel Puri – are both delightful. To pay an ode to their German roots, the microbrewery also offers the Bratwurst Sausage, which is the perfect accompaniment to the German Lager. The menu does a good spread of vegetarian fare and there are many surprises in store. Also in the mix are also wood-fired pizzas, big bowl meals and a special line-up of beer-based desserts. The Beeramisu, a beery twist to the Tiramisu and Boozy Oreo Brownie are fun bites you would love to try.
Given how the city loves beer, especially the Millennials, 35 Brewhouse goes all out to woo them with not just a fun ambience and perky menu but also pricing. A meal for 2 will cost Rs 2,500.
A seasoned journalist, Jagmeeta has worked with The Indian Express for 16 years writing extensively on food, popular culture and fashion. A Master's in English, she completed her honours in Journalism from Delhi University and started her career in journalism with New Delhi Television (NDTV) as a reporter. She was part of the launch team for NDTV.com. Having turned a freelance writer and editor in 2016, she has been writing for The Hindustan Times, Chandigarh and is also a contributor for The Voice of Fashion steered by IMG Reliance Ltd as well as Chandigarh's popular lifestyle portal - simplythecity.com. When she's not reviewing food or dissecting the season's trends, she likes to travel with her daughter and husband, a professional photographer. A photography enthusiast herself, Jagmeeta has also curated photo exhibitions and calls herself a collector of cookbooks and recipes and a proud 'fauji' daughter and sister.