Mumbai has opened up to the craft beer culture and how. The last one year has seen Doolally open its first outlet in Bandra and then we’ve had Pune-based Independence Brewing Company launch its beers in the city too. This Oktoberfest, we sincerely suggest that you try and get a taste of real beer than commercial lagers – trust us, you won’t be disappointed by even a pint. White Zen by Gateway Brewing Company Gateway’s beers are available on taps across 40 bars/restaurants in the city so that leaves you with a lot of options to choose from (more than a dozen, yay!). Coming to the point, White Zen is their German style wheat beer that has hints of clove and banana to it is easy to drink and great for those switching from commercial lagers to craft beer. Drink up here: Recommended pairing: Picante Prawns and Calamari at Bonobo, Bandra Pricing: Between Rs 230 and 250 depending on the outlet The Apple Cider by Doolally Popular among beer drinkers, Doolally Taproom gained instant popularity with their pub quiz and of course, the fact that they have been one of the first players in the craft beer scene, opening their brewpubs in Pune. One of their most popular beers, The Apple Cider is to die for, we assure you of that. With a light, refreshing taste, this beer is made with apples from Himachal Pradesh and is has a sweet, uncomplicated taste. Drink up here: Shop No. 5/6, Geleki, ONGC Colony, Reclamation, Reclamation, Bandra West Recommended pairing: The House Fries from their food menu Pricing: Rs 250 per 330 ml glass and Rs 1, 000 per pitcher Torpedo by The White Owl The second brewpub in Mumbai after The Barking Deer launched, The White Owl crafts new brews almost every week. However, the Torpedo is always available and is a bitter, citrusy American Pale Ale with a beautiful grapefruit aroma and a more than expected hoppy finish. You can also play beer pong and flip clup and celebrate Oktoberfest here in true German style. Drink up here: One Indiabulls Center, Tower 2 Lobby, Senapati Bapat Marg, Lower Parel West Recommended pairing: The Basil Infused Grilled Chicken from their food menu Pricing: Ranges from Rs 245 for a 330 ml glass to Rs 495 for a 550 ml glass Bombay Blonde by The Barking Deer The first brewpub that ever opened in the city, The Barking Deer offers more than just beer. It has beer themed dishes and even seasonal brews that make every trip to the brewpub worth it. The Bombay Blonde is a must try on the occasion of Oktoberfest as it is a gentle-flavoured wheat beer that’s barely bitter, with slightly tart end-notes and is a tribute to India’s long history of beer. Drink up here: Mathuradas Mill Compound, Senapati Bapat Marg, Lower Parel Recommended pairing: The Mediterranean salad from their food menu Pricing: A flight is priced at Rs 450 for four 150ml pours; a glass ranges from Rs 275 to Rs 325 and a pitcher from Rs1, 000 to Rs1, 200 Chocolate Oatmeal Stout by Brewbot After finally getting their license to brew a few months ago, Brewbot has managed to introduce four beers on their menu of which the Chocolate Oatmeal Stout is what we recommend for you to try. This brew has a creamy texture which is accentuated with dark chocolate and coffee notes and your perception of bitter, dark beer will definitely change when you have this one. Also, FYI, you will have bots serving and attending to you – that’s why it’s called ‘brewbot’. Drink up here: G01 & 101, Morya Landmark 1, Off New Link Road, Andheri Lokhandwala, Andheri West Recommended pairing: The Chicken Lollibots from their food menu Pricing: A flight is priced at Rs 250 for four 120 ml pours; a 330 ml glass is priced at Rs 200; and a 500 ml glass at Rs 300 The Belgian Wit by Independence Brewing Again, imported straight from Pune, the Independence Brewing Company has launched recently at Woodside Inn in Mumbai with six to eight artisanal beers on tap. Of all their brews available, The Belgian Wit is bracing rye pale ale, swimming with oddball spices, pilsner, wheat malts and oats. Again, easy to drink for those who will be trying craft beer for the first time, this what beer brew is your best bet to begin with. Drink up here: Woodside Inn, Woodhouse Road, Inside Indian Mercantile Mansion, Opp. Regal Cinema, Colaba and Woodside All Day Bar and Eatery, New Link Plaza, next to Oshiwara Police Station, Link Road, Andheri (West) Recommended pairing: Ceasar salad with boiled eggs and crispy bacon from their food menu Pricing: Rs 295 per glass Share your Oktoberfest stories with us!