Brews Report: A Guide To Craft Beer In Mumbai
We sample the suds of all six craft beer makers currently selling their brews in the city.
The Barking Deer Brewpub
The Lower Parel spot, which finally started serving its craft beers in November 2013 after a two-year delay, is the city’s oldest brewpub. Banker turned home brewer turned bar owner Greg Kroitzsh offers four beers through the year: the Flying Pig, a Belgian witbier, which is served with a slice of orange; a honey-infused witbier; the Bombay Blonde Ale; and an India Pale Ale. They also brew a bunch of styles on rotation. Currently they’ve got a lemon saison and a masala chai beer to pair with their ongoing monsoon food festival.
Our pick: The crisp, malty Bombay Blonde Ale.
Price: A flight is priced at Rs450 for four 150ml pours; a glass ranges from Rs275 to Rs325 and a pitcher from Rs1,000 to Rs1,200 (prices exclude taxes).
Available at: The Barking Deer Brewpub, Mathuradas Mill Compound, Senapati Bapat Marg, Lower Parel. Tel: 022 6141 7400. Get directions here.
The Andheri brewpub had to wait nine months for their brewing licence, which came through last month. Their resident brewer, American Julie Baggett launched with four styles – a kolsch called Skywalker, an amber hefeweizen named Floating Head, a particularly malty mid-Western pale ale they’ve monikered Mojo Rising, and a chocolate oat cream stout that goes by the name Black Mamba. Brewbot, which had brewed about 500 litres of each of their styles, had run out of the Floating Head and Mojo Rising by the end of their launch week.
Our pick: The Black Mamba, a robust blend of dark chocolate and coffee, is really a creamy and smooth espresso masquerading as beer.
Price: A flight is priced at Rs250 for four 120ml pours; a 330ml glass is priced at Rs200; and a 500ml glass at Rs300 (prices exclude taxes).
Available at: Brewbot, Ground Floor, Morya Landmark 1, off Link Road, Andheri (West). Tel: 022 4003 4448. Get directions here.
Many Mumbaikars rejoiced when proprietor Suketu Talekar and German brewmaster Oliver Schauf of Pune microbrewery Doolally opened a taproom in Bandra, to which beers brewed in our sister city, are transported in kegs. There’s always a crowd after office hours at the bar where both the signature suds, the cloudy hefeweizen and the sweet apple cider have their staunch fans. At the moment, they’ve got six others brews on rotation in store: a Belgian witbier, a Belgian blonde, an India Pale Ale, the oatmeal stout, an old-style altbier and a rauchbier. A German rye ale should be on the list soon.
Our pick: The stout, which is the closest thing we’ll get to Guinness in the city, and the smoky rauchbier, which is pretty much the beer equivalent of barbecued bacon.
Price: Rs250 per 330ml glass and Rs1,000 per pitcher (prices include taxes).
Available at: Doolally Taproom Shop No.5/6, Geleki, ONGC Colony, Bandra Reclamation, Bandra (West). Tel: 96191 64614. Get directions here.
Gateway Brewing Co.
This Dombivali-based microbrewery, founded by Navin Mittal, Rahul Mehra and Krishna Naik, has been supplying their creations to bars across Mumbai since February 2014. At any given time, three of their brews will be on tap including their popular German-style wheat beer White Zen and an Indian Pale Ale that changes according to the season. Right now, for instance, the IPA on offer is the Summersault, a lightly bitter yet refreshing beer that’s suitable for the sultry weather. There’s good news for GBC fans: they’re planning to add a fourth tap by the end of the month.
Our pick: The White Zen, which according to us is the smoothest hefeweizen in the city.
Price: Varies, starting at Rs265 per 330ml glass and Rs1,195 for a pitcher of White Zen at Woodside Inn (prices exclude taxes).
Available at: Available at over 45 bars, see here for locations.
Independence Brewing Co.
This month, the Andheri branch of Woodside Inn started serving Pune’s Independence Brewing Co.’s craft beers on tap. Out of their total of eight artisanal brews, they’re supplying three to Woodside: a crisp and refreshing Belgian witbier; a bracing rye pale ale; and a four grain saison, an aromatic medley of barley, wheat, rye and oats.
Our pick: The deliciously fruity and potent saison.
Price: Rs295 per glass (prices exclude taxes).
Available at: Woodside All Day Bar and Eatery, New Link Plaza, next to Oshiwara Police Station, Link Road, Andheri (West). Tel: 022 2632 8963. Get directions here.
From the second week of July at Woodside Inn, opposite Regal Cinema, Wodehouse Road, Colaba. Tel: 022 2287 5752. Get directions here.
The White Owl
At this Lower Parel brewpub you can choose from six artisanal beers, of which four are brewed through the year, and two are served by rotation every two months. The regular fixtures are Diablo, an Irish red ale; Halcyon, a hefeweizen; Shadow, and English porter; and Torpedo, an American pale ale.
Our pick: The smooth and well-balanced Diablo and the dry, moderately chocolate-y Shadow.
Price: Ranges from Rs245 for a 330ml glass to Rs495 for a 550ml glass (prices exclude taxes). See here for the menu.
Available at: The White Owl, One Indiabulls Center, Tower 2 Lobby, Senapati Bapat Marg, Lower Parel. Tel: 022 2421 0231. Get directions here. Also at:
Boveda, G04, Morya Landmark One, off New Link Road, behind Mainland China, near Infiniti Mall, Andheri (West). Tel: 022 3371 5962. Get directions here.
The Good Wife, The Capital, The Wadhwa Group, G Block, Bandra Kurla Complex, Bandra (East). Tel: 022 4010 9433. Get directions here.
Aqaba, Club House, Level P5, Peninsula Business Park, Senapati Bapat Marg, Lower Parel. Tel: 022 6151 2222. Get directions here.