Mumbai’s Festive Ales
Autumn or fall paves way for the festive season across the world, even Mumbai, where a maritime climate prevails, can’t stay aloof from the enthusiasm. All over the city there are special offers and promotions running, coffee shops are offering special winter flavored brews, bakeries and patisseries are brimming with cakes, marzipans and other goodies and even city’s 2 brewpubs – The Barking Deer and The White Owl – aren’t far behind.
Both The Barking Deer and The White Owl have introduced special limited edition beers to celebrate the spirit of holidays and ongoing festivities; here is the lowdown on them.
The Barking Deer Brewpub
Address: Mathuradas Mill Compound, Senapati Bapat Marg, Lower Parel, Mumbai
Phone: 022 30151377
Cinna-Gnome Christmas Stout
At Rs 350 this ale is a cinnamon stout which has mild hops and sweet spice notes of the cinnamon and nutmeg.
Fresh Start Abbey Ale
This is the brewpub’s brewer Gayatri’s farewell brew as she gets ready to head to Berlin to study brewing. Also priced at Rs 350 the ale has complex fruit aromas with a layered sweetness of honey, caramel and toffee.
The White Owl Brewery & Bistro
Address: Lobby, Tower 2 B, One Indiabulls Center, Senapati Bapat Marg, Lower Parel, Mumbai
Phone: 022 24210231
This is a spiced-pumpkin ale with moderate body priced at Rs 325. Nose and palate are synchronous with sweet spices of cinnamon and nutmeg and roasted pumpkin.
German Kolsch style beer, it is medium-light bodied with fruit notes of apple and pears being prominent. It will cost you Rs 245.
Priced at Rs 325, a medium bodied honey pale ale with tropical notes on the nose and honey and citrus flavors on the palate.
Gateway Brewing Company
Pioneers of the Mumbai craft beer scene, Gateway Brewing Company also have 2 special beers brewing in their tanks at Dombivali which they will release only in January, 2015.
All prices mentioned are for 330 ml pints and are exclusive of taxes.