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Bangalore’s business districts are so packed with eateries and pubs that the excitement is finally moving to the residential areas. After U4IA, a microbrewery that opened in RMV extension four months ago, it is south Bangalore’s turn with Brewsky in JP Nagar. Even before it made a formal announcement about opening, Brewsky has been running full houses over the weekends in the past month since it opened very quietly. On the two top floors of a still unfinished building, the microbrewery is causing quite a stir among thirsty south Bangaloreans. The beer priced at 150 for 300ml and 300 for 600ml is brewed by the makers of Geist beer, who started to design brews as early as 2005 but were forced to Belgium because India wasn’t issuing brewing licenses at the time.

Some friends and I visited the place over two weekends and found the beer to be consistent. The house favourite predictably is the Opperworld Hefeweizen, its light wheat beer that has notes of banana and clove. This is one among four beer options on the menu. The other three being the Kamacitra India Pale Ale, Kala and Handsome Dunkelweizen—another wheat beer with dark malt, and the Giltasutra Golden Ale. While these four are always available on tap, they were also serving a stout beer over the two weekends that we went. “The fifth variety is going be experimental and will keep changing with every batch of beer," says Rajaram Gupta, one of the four partners at the pub.

The food menu doesn’t stick to one cuisine. Options for vegetarians are limited but do try the Brewed up mushrooms which are button mushrooms wrapped in cheese and the Veg la budhina. For non-vegetarians we recommend the Pork ribs and the Kadhi pathi tikka.

The bar is spread over two floors that can accomodate 230 people. There is one closed area (fourth floor of the building) with a performance space and then the open terrace (fifth floor of the building) with a mezzanine. Currently only the terrace and mezzanine are open, but these really are the best spots. On a good Bangalore evening, and since they are good on most days of the year, we’d say troop to the terrace. The view is not great. If you are an old Bangalorean you cant stop yourself from sighing at the tall apartments that necklace the horizon, but its a view nevertheless. The music is mostly familiar rock.

An evening of drinks and dinner at Brewsky comes at 1500 . Also look out for another Brewsky on Sarjapur Road soon. Click here for updates.

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