Summer has arrived in India, and temperatures are skyrocketing across the region. It’s also the perfect opportunity to play with beverages that can not just satiate our thirst but also help us “chill.” And what better way to unwind on a hot summer afternoon than with a cold beer? The highest quality brews, according to popular belief, are either German or Belgian. However, in recent years, Indian brews and ales have taken over the market, and in a big way.
Then there are the Indian craft and microbreweries, which are creating some truly creative brews utilizing local ingredients to bring a new layer to the beers and ales. Chilling with beer has also changed in the last year as a result of the pandemic. Tapped beers, which were formerly only available in bars and restaurants, are now available in growlers and distributed to customers’ homes.
There are many brilliant breweries in India in the metropolitan now. Here are some really interesting options that all beer lovers should give a shot this summer.
Arbor Brewing Company
Arbor Brewing Company, with the launch of their beer-centric 12,000 square foot brewpub in the heart of Bangalore’s booming commercial zone, is one of the craft beer pioneers helping to bring a modern world of flavors, types, and innovation to Indian beer lovers and connoisseurs.
ABC India serves a traditional American bar menu that includes salads, nachos, burgers, pizza, and pasta with an authentic American flair that is often complemented by a fiery Indian twist. Many of ABC’s award-winning recipes from home are included in the beer lineup:
- Bangalore Bliss
- Sumac Wit
- Smooth Criminal
- Phat Abbot Tripel
- Michael Faricy Stout
- Beach Shack IPA
- Chocomiso Stout
- No Parking Pilsner
Fresh Craft Beer in Cans
- Easy Rider American Wheat
- Bangalore Bliss Hefeweizen
- Beach Shack IPA Pineapple Blonde
Windmills is a world-class Microbrewery, Jazz Theater, and Restaurant, with a rare collection of books that will delight the senses as you’ve never seen before. The finest Craft Beer, freshly made to exacting standards right here in town. A theatre for up-close-and-personal music concerts by international artists. They take you on a culinary adventure with the latest innovative and conventional recipes.
Windmill Craftwork is currently serving up four of its signature beers –
The Stout (Most Popular)
The Golden Ale
The Indian Pale Ale
Doolally Craft Beers
Doolally Taproom, which began in Pune, is now a brand to be reckoned with when it comes to breweries in India. It has now extended its wings to Mumbai’s most famous neighborhoods. Doolally is regarded as the strongest brewery in the Indian scene by regulars. Their most loved beers on tap are –
Apple Cider Mango Cider
Belgian Witbeir Hefeweizen
English Bitter Gose
Karvanda Gose (our Favourite) Brut IPA
Strawberry Cider Helles Lager
Smoked Porter English Brown Ale
Independence Brewing Company
If you are passionate about the art of brewing, you can certainly visit Independence Brewing Company. They not only deliver a fantastic array of delectable brews, but they also provide workshops and informative tours to help you get to the bottom of your favorite beverage.
The Four Grain Saison carefully brewed from barley, wheat, oats, and rye and Ryan Pale Ale is delicious and our favorite
Gateway Brewing Company
Gateway Brewing Company was formed on November 1, 2011, with a common goal in mind: to produce classic and experimental types of beers with local ingredients and make them accessible to bars and restaurants. The name is derived from the Gateway of India, a local landmark in Mumbai. Their Flagship brews are
- White Zen
- Mosiac IPA (Our Favourite)
With lemongrass from our very own backyard, this gorgeous golden wheat ale is on tap now in Bangalore! pic.twitter.com/bZ1X7HK5eF— Toit (@toitbeerco) December 23, 2019
Toit has the best of all worlds: hand-crafted beers and finger-licking recipes from the wood-fired oven. No list of breweries in India is full without including Toit, a foodie’s and beer-paradise lover’s. Their Signature Beers are
Dark Knight (Our Favourite)
Basmati Blonde (Our Favourite)
Benga-Lager-U (Our Favourite)
Starting in 2014, Effingut Brewerkz has brought its passion for great beer and its love of experimentation together to create legendary craft beers and is located at 5 locations across Pune & Mumbai. The driving ethos for Effingut is to create food and beer that venture away from the routine and conventional. Firmly rooted in heritage, some recipes use local ingredients to highlight Indian flavors for the local palate. Food is an equally important part of the Effingut experience – choose a complementary food pairing from the expansive multi-cuisine menu or go crazy with a contrasting one!
Their Flagship brews are
New Zealand IPA Citrus Burst IPA
Dry Stout Gooseberry Sour (Our Favorite)
Kellerbier Peach Ginger Mead (Our Favorite)
Effingut Ananas IPA (Our Favorite) Hefeweizen
Mango Jalapeno IPA (Our Favourite) Peach Ginger Melomel
The White Owl
Live Music, tailored cuisines, and Craft beer are only a couple of the items that The White Owl excels at. With different grain brews and a wide range to pick from, this Mumbai brewery is stirring things up (and those owls on glasses are just adorable!).
Caramel-flavoured, Diablo. Delicious wheat beer, Halcyon, and the boldest brew, an American Pale Ale called Torpedo are our favorite.
Ankur Jain, an entrepreneur who migrated from India to the United States in 1998, established Bira 91. Bira 91 was officially unveiled in February 2015 as a funky and modern alternative to the western brews imported to India. Bira 91 has achieved unparalleled popularity among Indians due to its distinct flavor, which is low in the anticipated bitterness of the beer.
The company has five beers in its portfolio –
Bira 91 White (a low bitterness wheat beer with an alcohol content of 4%)
Bira 91 Blonde (an extra hoppy craft lager)
Bira 91 Light (a low-calorie lunchtime lager)
Bira 91 Strong (a high-intensity wheat beer with a higher percentage of alcohol content at 7%)
The Bira 91 Indian Pale Ale (the first IPA brewed and bottled in India) (Our Favourite)
The Biere Club’s main attraction is beer. This delectable amber beer is the explanation why so many tipplers flock to the brewery on sunny summer days to chug a bottle. As a microbrewery, The Biere Club brews its beer in-house, which is tasty enough to compete with the big chains.
The Biere Club is more about taking off your shoes and getting fun. Their craft beers (especially the wheat beer) are delicious, and you should inquire about their seasonal brew.
Join Us For A Beer
So that’s it from my side. I am sure these places will excite you if you prefer a beer over whisky. Well, I do. And if in case you wanna join us for a beer then you can write to us And we will meet with you. And yes, the beer is on us for damn sure. Till then, keep exploring, keep traveling.