The White Owl Opens its Taps
More than a year and a half after its opening in the swanky commercial space of One Indiabulls Center, The White Owl Brewery & Bistro is finally ready to open taps to their home brewed beers. They will be third in the race to acquaint the city of Mumbai to craft beers, after Gateway Brewing Co and The Barking Deer.
They are starting off with 4 beers – Irish Red Ale, Hefeweizen, Porter and American Pale Ale. The plan is to have a total of 6 beers; the last 2 beers are going to be experimental in nature. They are currently perfecting their Pumpkin Ale which Javed Murad, founder of the brewpub, said would be on tap sometime next month. Murad has roped in Oliver Schauf, the German brewmaster who has been working with Doolally for some years now.
When we went for the preview the Irish Red Ale named Diablo needed one more day to mature. We did try the other 3 ales and are happy to report they are very promising. You can pick 3 sizes, 90 ml, 330 ml and 550 ml. While you can have complimentary sampling pour, the 90 ml pour gives you the opportunity to try out a beer flight. Don’t miss the little jars which are served on a muffin tray; it’s pretty cool. A 330 ml pour of these beers will cost you Rs 245-325.
The German wheat beer Hefeweizen has become a staple for most brewpubs in the country because of its lightness and easy drinking ability. A rich tropical fruit notes with banana and cloves. There is a hint of bread and slight spice that also comes across. The palate shares the fruity element as well. Hops expresses itself in the lightness of the ale but at the same time there is creaminess to the beer which coats the palate with a lingering spice on the finish.
The most flavourful of all the beers, it uses a hop blend called Falconers Flight which adds a very distinct character to the ale. A very expressive nose with very strong grapefruit and citrus notes along with spices and honey. While the citrus notes continue onto the palate, it is the hops which adds depth to the palate. The hops are aromatic than bitter, making it a little more palatable for beer drinkers not used to hoppy ales.
Heavily charred notes dominate the nose and palate, eventually leading to some coffee flavours and then a short finish. This one lacked the amount of depth we would want from a porter and was a little underwhelming.