Raising Bar: Windmills Craftworks
Our taste tester, Afsha Khan checks out Windmills Craftworks.
Deep in the concrete recesses of Bangalore’s IT parks in Whitefield, there lies an oasis. A place where the ambiance is warm, the beers are cold, the bookshelves are inviting and music transports you to a different time and era.
The year-old Windmills Craftworks is many things – a jazz theatre, restaurant, design library and most importantly, a microbrewery. The décor is dominated by caramel flavored wood work. The walls are lined with bookshelves from ceiling to floor. The stage always has a drum set, exuding promise for live Jazz nights. But most striking are their brewing tanks behind a glass wall at the bar and on the wood-panelled deck. To some it serves as a place to escape for a drink after a gruelling day’s work. For others it’s a haven to get creative work done while indulging in a brew or two.
PORTER, WRITER’S FAVORITE, IS DARK AS NIGHT, WITH FLAVORS OF ROAST COFFEE BEANS AND CARAMEL
The microbrewery at Windmills does far fewer beers than its counterparts in Bangalore. But the four beers that it does offer, it has mastered to the tee. The Hefeweizen is their rendition of a German wheat beer with a smoky color and hints of citrus. The Golden Ale has a beautifully pale and clear golden color. Made from Czech Pilsner malt and Saaz hops, it is light, refreshing and a favourite among those who are just about embarking on their beer appreciation journey. The India Pale Ale (IPA) is a dark and amber liquid that is bold and filled with flavor of caramel and malt. And finally the Porter, writer’s favorite, is dark as night, with flavors of roast coffee beans and caramel, it is perhaps the most delicious beer in its category. The brewery also offers seasonal specials along the lines of Amber Ales and Oatmeal Stouts. Their current guest brew is White IPA which is a lighter, drier twist to the traditional one. Wheaty with citra hops, it’s perfect mid-way brew for those who dislike the restaurant’s style of IPA.
The food here isn’t spectacular. But there are a few dishes that keep you coming back. The Prawn Ajillo, tender and filled with flavors of paprika and garlic oil, is always worth a try. The Chicken Biryani is a favourite among beer lovers drinking until closing time. But the two favorites at the restaurant are options you would never even think of trying unless the server recommended them. The Reubin, a burger with an inch-and-a-half of cured meat with sauerkraut is tender and juicy in warm, sourdough bread. The Mushroom Galaoti Kebab, another staff recommendation, sounds like a joke especially to those who are devoted to lamb. But flavored with mint and spicy coriander, the texture is so tender, it dissolves into a pool of flavor with every bite.
Windmills Craftworks is a revelation to those whose tastes have matured since beers in pitchers and music out of jukeboxes. It is an oasis in an area that may have a plethora of food and entertainment options, but very few places for good music, great conversations, interesting food and delicious beers. In a way, it’s your favorite old bar that grew up to appreciate the finer things in life, just like you.
The Microbrewery beers are priced at Rs 295 for a pint and Rs 225 for ½ a pint; Food for two without alcohol is approximately Rs 1,500.
Happy Hours – All Day on Mondays and 4PM – 7PM Weekdays.
Windmills also offers a Brewery Tour @ Rs 2,500 every Saturday.
This review has been conducted anonymously.
Prices mentioned are exclusive of taxes.