Everybody knows a person who grills a better burger than McDonald's. Yet McDonald's still rules because they can provide decent food on a mass produced scale. The same applies to beer. Only the beer makers of the world aren't taking it lying down. They've invested considerable time, effort and money into crafting their own beer and providing an alternative to the vaguely Slavic and German names you see on bottles. And in Bangalore, it is these very efforts that greet parched throats as chilled and crafted ales, served in tall glasses!
Taking a trip down the many microbreweries the city has to offer, you realize that there are some microbreweries nestled in the city that absolutely steal your heart and form the perfect trail for a pub crawl defined by some wonderful signature ales!
Anyone who has ever been to Bangalore, knows that TOIT is an intrinsic part of life here. Boasting of crafted ales, ranging from delectable blonde brews to lip-smacking dark ones, TOIT?s signature beers are by far some of Bangalore?s finest. Though I am an unabashed Dark Knight enthusiast, the TOIT Red, TOIT Weiss and the Basmati Blonde also make it to my list of favourite TOIT brews. But the brews are not the only star attractions of this microbrewery in Indiranagar, they have some incredible cocktails up for gulps as well. Coupled with the hot and fresh fares from their kitchen, every visit to TOIT makes you love the place more and more!
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2)Vapour: A small walk down the road from TOIT leads you to one of Bangalore?s newest kids on the block: Vapour. Located on the 100 FtRoad, Indiranagar, the striking décor and the forever smiling maître-d-s are the things that will win your heart even before you taste one of their brews. And when you finally do take your first sip, you will perhaps realize why a lot of people choose to swear by these ales. With quite a few beers, dark and light and some great Mediterranean bites to choose from, there is very little that can make you complain about Vapour. We recommend that you head straight to the terrace once you reach Vapour, it will make your visit infinitely better!
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If quirky is what you like, Prost in Koramangala is that one place that will satiate you. There are very few places that can pull off an Apple Cider with the finesse Prost does and at times, it does come across as a bit of a surprise when you find yourself ordering for your second Apple Cider even when you know that it really isn?t one of your favourite drinks! With five excellent brews to choose from, the staff at the kitchen make sure that the food is as good as the beers if not better. The strangest thing about Prost however has to be the fact that they manage to make salads into works of art! Nowhere else, in all honesty, will I be brave enough to pair my beer with a Watermelon & Feta salad! Image Courtesy - facebook.com/prostbrewpub
4)Arbor Brewing Company:
If there is anything that I love more than a well-made brew, it has got to be the stories that accompany them. And at Arbor, stories are aplenty! Starting with the history of the place and ending with the christening of each beer, each sight that greets you at Arbor deserves a smile. Being one of those places that does not restrict you to from choosing from two, maybe three ales, this indeed is what paradise looks like to a beer-lover! And the food? Let?s just say that every single time I walk into this microbrewery off Magrath Road, I walk out feeling gleefully full!
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5)The Biere Club:
Wise men say that you must save the best for the last and I wholeheartedly agree! Located in a quaint little corner of VIttal Mallya Road, The Biere Club beams proudly at beer-lovers who haunt it, chugging, eating and most importantly, having a great time! With enough brews and amazing food available, it isn?t surprising that most patrons blame this microbrewery for spoiling them silly! After all, there really aren?t too many places one can blindly pick every single time there is an occasion that demands celebration!
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