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With Oktoberfest around the corner, we seek out the top microbreweries that are throwing a beer bash

If you’re starting to yawn when the bartender says Kingfisher or Corona, it’s probably time you headed to the nearest microbrewery (think Arbor Brewing Company and Toit in Bangalore). Though local pubs offer some respite with the likes of Hoegaarden and the home-grown Geist (both at Library Blu), the many flavours at a modern brew pub will guarantee many happy hours. And with Oktoberfest coming up, a celebration is most welcome.

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The Barking Deer Brewpub, Mumbai
The first brewpub in Mumbai, The Barking Deer Brewpub is known for its flavoured beers like Flying Pig Belgian Wit and Bombay Blonde. The microbrewery is celebrating this year’s Oktoberfest from October 9-12. With offerings like Belgian ale (both Leffe Blonde and Duvel), India pale ale and wheat beer, they will serve vegetarian and non vegetarian German starters like potato crisps, pretzels and sausages. Unlimited beer and food at Rs.1,600 person. Details: 02261417400

 

The Beer Cafe, New Delhi
Winner of the Best Restro-Pub of the year 2014, The Beer Cafe in New Delhi is celebrating Oktoberfest in style. From tomorrow till October 31, the event will showcase some of their best home-brewed beers like Valentine and Maida Vale. They will also be offering a host of vegetarian and non vegetarian starters during the festival. Beer at Rs.1,495 for three pints. Details: 011 43528754


Hyatt
153 Biere Street, Bangalore
The first of its kind in Bangalore, Biere Street is known for their ale, lager and wheat beer. This Oktoberfest (September 22), they are coming up with a carnival at their premises. With live music and food stalls, they will serve beers like ale, lager, stout, wheat and mason. To go with the beverages, they also have German sausages, pizzas and pretzels on offer. Unlimited package at Rs1,500 per person. Details: 09845346932

 

Hyatt Regency

The Oktoberfest celebration at 365 AS is quite popular with expats in the city, we hear. Take your pick from German salads, beer-batter fish, chicken schnitzel, sauerkraut and an interactive spaetzle station. For meat lovers, there’s bratwurst, frankfurters, steaks and a honey roast pork leg from the carving station, to go with your beers. Unlimited packages from Rs.1,444 plus tax onwards. Details: 61001234

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Striker Pub and Brewery, Gurgaon
Known for their themed nights like ‘ladies night’ and ‘bottoms up’, Striker Pub and Brewery in Gurgaon is celebrating Oktoberfest from October 6-13. In addition to five varieties of freshly brewed beer (think rice, wheat, maize, dark and premium beer), they will also offer flavoured beers (that they are still working on) during the festival. Their menu offers meatballs, sausages and crisps to pair up. Beer from Rs.830 per pitcher. Details: 0124 4040101

The Westin
Celebrate in the open at Sunset Grill, where German ale will be paired with delectable bratwurst barbecued right in front of you. From 7.30 pm onwards. Details: 22553366

 

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Closer home
And if you can’t make the trip out of town, there’s still hope, with local watering holes putting up their German best (Radisson Blu GRT will be serving beers like Erdinger and beer cocktails as well) for the celebration (September 20 to October 5).

 

 

The Park
For some authentic German grub, head to 601 or The Leather Bar at The Park, where visiting German chef David Zelnic will be teaming up with the local chefs to create weisswurst (pork veal white sausages), leberkase (cheese meat loaf), obadza (a Bavarian cheese delicacy), gefullte bratapfel (baked stuffed apples) and birne strudel (pear flaky crust pastry), among others. Their line-up of beers includes Heineken, Baltika and Erdinger, among others. Beer buckets from Rs.1,299 onwards. From September 20-30. Details: 42676000

ITC Grand Chola

At Ottimo, you get an assortment of beers (think Birra Moretti, Amstel Light, Amstel Lager, Kingfisher), paired with sausages, bacon, mash potatoes and more. At Rs.2,750 plus tax per person. If you’re a draught beer person, The Cheroot offers a special package with two mini burgers (spinach & feta, lamb, tenderloin or chicken) at Rs.1,950 per person. Or stop by Cafe Mercara Express where they offer a Full Square Meal with draught beer for Rs.2,000. Details: 22200000

— Ryan Peppin & Aishwarya Kumar

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