Gateway Brewing Company’s Oktoberfest Beer
Across the world Oktoberfest celebrations are in full swing, and what began as a celebration of a royal marriage in Munich over 200 years ago is now a truly global event. Closer home, too, pubs and (taps at) microbreweries have started pouring special beer and there is a variety of eats to go with the brews, including, of course, German delicacies and snacks. Here is our pick of the microbreweries, pubs and restaurants to head to in Mumbai, Bangalore and Pune.
Gateway Brewing Company, Mumbai
Of course, Gateway Brewing Company is not a brewpub, but they make some delicious beer, which is served in restaurants across Mumbai. This year, they have brewed a special Oktoberfest Beer that uses malts from Vienna and Munich and is described as a light, toasty beer. The restaurants the beer is being served at include The Bombay Canteen, The Woodside Inn and, among others, The British Brewing Company.
The White Owl, Mumbai
Spaetzel and sautéed mushrooms from the German-inspired snacks menu at The White Owl
This peppy brewery in Lower Parel has introduced a Germany-inspired snacks menu that features Chicken Schnitzel Sliders, Currywurst and Pork Sausages. The other Oktoberfesty bit involves the beers naturally, and a 550ml supersized serving of any of the Owl’s handcrafted beers will be available for the price of a regular 330ml jar.
Until October 31 at The White Owl, One Indiabulls Center, Tower 2 Lobby,, Senapati Bapat Marg, Lower Parel West. P: 022 2421 0231
One Street Over, Mumbai
The Hobgoblin beer will come with a giant pretzel at OSO
OSO is serving the Hobgoblin, a fruity, full-bodied brew with a chocolate toffee malt flavour. The beer will be accompanied by a giant pretzel, and the combo will set you back by Rs 550.
Until October 31, Navarang Building, Ground Floor, 35th Road, Off., Linking Rd, Khar West. P: 022 2600 2224
A special Marzen (centre) is pouring at Doolally’s taprooms in Mumbai
The folks at Doolally have gone really traditional and have brewed a beer that plays a huge part in Oktoberfest festivities in Germany. Back in the old days, the Marzen was brewed in March — and hence, the name — and the lager was used to celebrate Oktoberfest.
Rs 250 onwards, at Doolally’s taprooms in Bandra, Andheri and Kemp’s Corner
Windmills Craftworks’ smoked Oktoberfest lager. Photographs via Windmills Craftworks Facebook page
Head to Windmills for a special smoked lager. The beer is brewed with smoked malts from Germany and Austria, and is described as a medium bodied brew with malty, smoky character.
No. 331, 5B Road, EPIP Zone, Whitefield,Next to L&T infotech; P:88802 33322
Like Doolally, Effingut, too has brewed a Marzen, and its Oktoberfest promotion also includes deals on food, including unlimited grub and beer. Prices start at Rs 13oo, and are higher towards the weekend.