Restaurant Review–Independence Brewing Company, Pune


Independence Brewing Company Pune

This is going to come across as awesome news for all you beer fans and connoisseurs here in Pune. There’s a new hangout in town. However, this is not only a regular brew pub with a few beers on tap, loud music to dance to and the occasional cramped space that accompanies such high-demand locations but The Independence Brewing Company also specializes in premium craft beers, all brewed in-house. This is their second outlet in all of India and what better place to open up than right here in Pune.

We were there last week for a review and boy the place is as large as it is welcoming. It left me gasping with awe. They built it in such a way that it possessed three neat sections, a well-furnished indoor seating area, a patio at mid level and a nice outdoor seating zone at a lower level accompanied by a water façade.

Shepali (PR for Independence Brewing Company, Pune) and Shailendra “Shailly” Bist who is not only the co-owner of the Independence Brewing Company but also a BJCP Certified beer judge and a master brewer himself both gave us a warm greeting. Shailly’s office, namely the brewery inside the pub itself, is quite the sight. Shailly showed us around and helped us understand the beer brewing process in crisper detail.

The evening began with beer samplers from the Gateway Brewing Company sharing their creations. We tried the Hefeweizen White Zen, Blonde Ale and the IPA (or the Indian Pale Ale). Each had a distinct taste and aroma that coaxed me to come back for more. Beer connoisseurs are soon going to be eager patrons of the Independence Brewing Company once they start tapping their beers here. Some tasty grub must always accompany good beer (that’s my opinion, at least) and IBC definitely spoils you for options.

Independence Brewing Company Pune

Independence Brewing Company Pune

Independence Brewing Company Pune

Independence Brewing Company Pune

We tried a goodly bunch of starters. The Ethiopian Samosa, Chicken Roulade with honey glaze, Panko crumbed stuffed mushrooms (which had a sensational hearty filling) and chicken sliders (that made it from good to great in our book) were some of our picks. I didn’t quite take to the loaded nachos and mustard prawns, though.

As always, if you think we were stuffed by this time you’ve forgotten that we are a group of foodies from Foodadda India and not just bloggers out there for sampling food. So when it came time for the main course we were indeed ready to rumble. The Chicken Chorizo was average, but slightly bland for my taste. Sneha and Shivam, who are hardcore vegetarians, ordered the Black Pepper Tofu, Mushroom, and Vegetable Stew Gratin and liked the latter.

The Independence Brewing Company had three options for dessert waiting for us. We decided to give the apple pie a pass and ordered the Chocolate Souffle and Red Wine Poached fruits instead. IBC makes the soufflé fresh so don’t be surprised if your order takes a minimum of 20 minutes to arrive (you might think about ordering this particular dish in advance, if you want).

The wine poached fruits were divine, and the custard made it even more so. The chocolate soufflé served with icecream was nothing short of enchanting. While friends really loved it, for me it kinda lacked that special dark chocolate punch (they relied more on cocoa powder, I guess). But I did love that perfect sweetness balance they had going for them.

When there’s endless banter related to food accompanied by awesome drinks and the perfect ambience to compliment the whole affair, the evening just has to be a hit. And it was. I’m looking forward to returning to Independence Brewing Company once their beers are on tap.

Image Credits: FarzanaAliasgarMukhtiar.

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