August 7th is International Beer Day.

For those in Bengaluru, here is a list of some awesome local brewpubs you can enjoy your favourite beer at.


When I think of beer, I think of my best friends in Boston. I credit them and the city with presenting me with several opportunities to develop an appreciation for the beverage. I can never forget the distinct tastes of craft beers like the UFO Raspberry Hefeweizen at Harpoon Brewery, the party favourite, Blue Moon Belgian White, and Pumpkinhead, a classic New England ale. Whether chatting comfortably while sprawled out on the sofas at home or enjoying live music at our favourite pub Emmet’s, we made fond memories with pints of beer on the side. Camaraderie and community are significant parts of life for many. While alcohol is not essential to these, it has facilitated gatherings for millennia. Being a social drinker, I have noticed that beer is the most social drink out there! More often than not, beer is accompanied by relaxed yet energetic environments, good food, and great company.

So it was no surprise to me when I learned that there is a whole day dedicated to beer! International Beer Day was founded in 2008 by beer lover Jesse Avshalomov and his friends in California to appreciate the crafting and serving of the beverage. Twelve years later, the event is celebrated in over 200 cities on the first Friday of August and unites people and varieties of beers from all over the globe. On that note, I hope fellow beer fans will join me today in coming together virtually to raise our glasses to brewers, bartenders, and each other!

This occasion also provides a great chance to learn more about the history of beer and breweries in India. Indigenous tribes here have been making alcohol for centuries, including rice and millet beers. Our country was introduced to European-style ales by British imports, with the first-ever brewery in Kasauli, Himachal Pradesh, in 1830. Nearly two centuries later, India has been opening up to craft beers, with microbreweries gaining steadfast popularity in cities like Pune, Bengaluru, Gurugram, Mumbai, Chandigarh, and Hyderabad. Microbreweries are independent craft beer producers that boast of creative and flavourful varieties. Delicious samplings in Boston taught me about the versatility of the beverage, leaving me excited for similar experiences that awaited me in Bengaluru.

Bengaluru has been lauded by many as the contemporary pub capital of India, with beer being a key part of its social culture. Interestingly, the city’s love for beer dates back to 1857 with the founding of United Breweries on the modern-day junction of Vittal Mallya Road and Cubbon Park. Furthermore, the government in the early 1980s began encouraging the growth of pubs and breweries to dissuade people from consuming hard liquor and instead shift toward drinks with lower alcohol content, such as beer. Hence, fast forward to the 2010s, and microbreweries started sprouting up around the city. As of 2019, over the past decade, the increasing demands of beer lovers have resulted in the opening of over fifty brewpubs in the city.

With the pandemic making it unsafe to gather in groups, restaurants and pubs have been forced to shut down, thus putting India’s beer industry in a sales slump. However, with this curated list of the ten best craft beer houses in Bangalore, one need not worry! Consider doing takeaways to satiate your thirst while supporting your favourite local brewpubs.   

The Biere Club 

The Biere Club was established in 2010 as Bengaluru’s first microbrewery. They are known for their fresh ingredients, experimental brews, as well as classic beers. In their own words, they hope to introduce people to beer “in a manner never done before.” Sign me up!

Brews to look forward to: Coorg Coffee Stout, Bangalore Red Ale, and Helles Bock (lager)

Location: Vittal Mallya Road, Ashok Nagar

Byg Brewski Brewing Company

If you like your pint with a side of beautiful outdoor ambience, this gastropub is for you! In addition to its drinks, it is known for its mish-mash variety of scrumptious food ranging from Indian and Italian, to Continental.

Location: Sarjapur Road, near WIPRO Corporate Office

Brews to look forward to: Byg Belgian Wit, Byg Stout, and Cyro Citra Wit

Toit

At the heart of this brewpub is the desire to share a passion for beer. You can take that one step further by checking out their brewery tour to learn more about beer production and food pairings. Bonus: Toit donates their tour funds to charities around the city.

Location: 100 Feet Road, Indiranagar

Brews to look forward to: Passion fruit Berliner Weisse, Pumpkin Ale, and Blueberry Milkshake IPA

Windmills CraftWorks

Windmills offers an upscale environment where the beer and food are complemented by smooth live music and shelves of intriguing books. They have some great desserts too — I’m partial to their sticky toffee pudding, paired well with a Stout.

Location: Whitefield, next to L&T Infotech

Brews to look forward to: Golden ale, Hefeweizen, and Stout

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This Stout was brewed with several varieties of dark malts from the UK and a massive dose of locally sourced coconut that we shred and toast in house prior to infusion. The base beer is nutty and features notes of chocolate, and the addition of coconut makes it extremely flavourful yet very well-balanced. The nose is all chocolate and coconut with a hint of hazelnut and toast. On the palate, a velvety symphony of nutty chocolate and delicious toasted coconut that will have you thinking you accidentally melted a bar of Bounty in your pint of beer. With just a slight bit of bitterness from the small hop addition to contrast the sweetness of the coconut, you can have more than a pint of this beer without overloading your palate with sweetness. Call 8880233322 to place your order. ABV: 5% Plato: 15.6° #beer #microbrewery #microbrew #craftbeer #indianbrew #mixology #flavor #fusion #beerstagram #beersnob #beernerd #beertography #handmade #handcrafted #ales #windmillscraftworks #loveforbeer #loveforcrafts #whitefield

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Arbor Brewing Company

Originally founded in Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA in 1995, Arbor Brewing Company opened its doors as India’s first American-style brewpub in 2012. This is a must-visit for beer aficionados who have a hankering for pub food with an Indian twist.

Location: Magrath Road, Ashok Nagar

Brews to look forward to: Bangalore Bliss (Hefeweizen), Smooth Criminal (spiced/herbed beer), and Michael Faricy Stout

District 6 Pub Brewery & Kitchen

This restaurant is known for the many ways in which it captures the spirit of German beerhouses with drinks and traditional dishes like malt bread, Bratwurst, and Schnitzel. If those aren’t for you, you can opt for some of the Italian, Indian, and Continental fares instead.

Location: Malleshwaram, Rajajinagar

Brews to look forward to: The District 6 Lager, Wheat, and Lager Strong (Brewmaster Special)

Aurum Brew Works 

Head over to this sprawling microbrewery for beer, cocktails, and a creative twist on street food! If you’re feeling adventurous, ask for their authentic English IPA — they pride themselves on being the only brewery in town to serve the drink.

Location: Doddakannalli, Sarjapur Road

Brews to look forward to: Hades (coffee and chocolate stout), Sunflower (wheat ale), and Merlin’s Beard (IPA)

The Bier Library Brewery & Kitchen

Calling all beer and food lovers to check out this two-story microbrewery! You can sip on six varieties of beers, and indulge your palates with varied dishes created by self-proclaimed gastronomical geniuses.

Location: 6th Block, Koramangala

Brews to look forward to: Ale-eviate, Phase Stout, and Very Weiss

Arena – Artisanal Brewkitchen

This pyramid-shaped brewpub is inspired by Egyptians and their history of beer. If you are in a bolder mood, give their popular popcorn-infused whisky cocktail a shot. If you are not sure what cuisine you’re feeling, you are in the right place! They’ve got it all — Sushi, Thai Green Curry, pizzas, pastas, and more.

Location: Defence Colony, Indiranagar

Brews to look forward to: German Hefeweizen, Brut Lager, and Praha Tmavé Pivo (dark lager)

Red Rhino

Red Rhino features five distinctly flavored brews, striving to cater to the assorted preferences of beer lovers. Additionally, you can nibble on some mouth-watering dishes from their wide range of Mediterranean, Asian, North Indian, South Indian, and Continental offerings.

Location: Whitefield, Hoskote Road

Brews to look forward to: Soul Surfer (Hefeweizen), Black Pearl (dark beer), and GPB (lager)

What are your favourite beers and brewpubs? Let us know in the comments below! 


We featured Toit, Arbor Brewing Company, and Windmills on our list of Top 10 Microbreweries in India for a Beer Lover.

The Top 10 Microbreweries In India For A Beer Lover