What better way than spending a Sunday grabbing a cold one with your pals? Offering over 40 craft beers on tap, The Poona Brewout is a celebration of one of the oldest alcoholic beverages in the world. But along with a variety of flavours of beer that will leave you spoilt for choice, and honestly leave you mind-blown, the event includes lots of games, food stalls and live music.
Microbreweries such as the Independence Brewing Company, Effingut Brewerkz, Kimaya Brewing Company, Great State Aleworks, Moonshine Meadery, White Owl, and new entrants like Toit Brewery and the popular international brand, Hoegaarden will be offering their best beers at the event.
Rohan Hastak, partner at Great State Aleworks, a new brewery on the block that started business a few months ago, says, “The flagship beers we make keep us afloat, but the heart of the brewery lies in smaller batches we experiment with. We will be offering the Belgian Wit, which is a classic among beer drinkers. But even if something goes slightly amiss, it becomes catastrophic. Nevertheless, we decided to experiment with it. We tracked down a farmer in Kolkata and convinced him after a three-hour negotiation to sell us some incredibly fragrant Gondhoraj lebu, even though he doubted whether we knew how to use it. We used it to flavour our signature Belgian Wit and named the beverage East Side. That will be on offer at the festival, along with a special lager we made for the FIFA World Cup, a new IPA (India Pale Ale) made in collaboration with a brewery in England, and a kokum-flavoured beer.”
Moonshine Meadery will be offering a range of flavoured meads (like apple, coffee and what not), an alcoholic beverage made by fermenting honey with water.
Independence Brewery will be offering its Blueberry Pie, a pink coloured beer with a sour hint. “It’s a really good afternoon beer. The bitterness lies somewhere between the mild Belgian Wit and a hoppy IPA. We’re going to get four beers to the festival, some signature brews, some surprises,” says Husein Upletawala from Independence Brewing Co.
Games, grub and more
Though it’s a beer festival, the organisers claim it to be an event for the entire family to enjoy. There’s a kids activity centre where you can leave the little ones to play while you head to the taps. They can participate in various workshops like canvas painting, pottery, or cupcake decorating. And if they’re not in the mood to learn, they can always go have a ball in the inflatable sand pit.
And if you’re in a playful mood yourself, you can get your gang to the drinking games arena called Beer Wealth Games. In this area, you can try your hand at games like mini golf, giant sumo suit wars, giant pool ball, beer balloon, ring the drink, can toss and tipsy dart.
And when you get tired and hungry, grab some grub from various stalls. You can have Asian cuisine from The Asian Box, or treat yourself to some Berlin street food from Mahlzeit. Savour nutritious smoothies from Callow or cheat on your diet with flavoured cotton candy from BooBoo Candy. Snack on some twisted potato crisps from Mr Potato Tornadoes or chill with some ice cream from The Ice Cream Factory. Depending on how hungry you are, take your pick from Burger 69 or Pack-a-Pav.
There will also be a lot of live music to ring in the ‘festival’ feeling. No DJs, no pre-recorded stuff, an assortment of local bands will be laying live music as you sip on interestingly flavoured beers. The lineup includes city-based progressive funk band Look Who’s Playing (with Clynton Fernandes on vocals, Hemant Aligi on bass, Sheldon Boodle on guitars and Ashwin Naidu on drums), The Fanculos (a five-piece power band founded by Italian/Guyanese, British-born musician Ramon Ibrahim on vocals, keys and trombone with JJ on drums, Saurab Suman on bass, Ryan Sadri on tenor saxophone, Apurv ‘Lala’ Isaac on guitar), and Groove Junktion (with Cynthia Furtado on vocals, Leo Mathew on keys, Denzil Fernandes on drums, Michael Pereira on bass and Christopher Fonceca on guitar), among others.
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The Poona Brewout will be held at Showtime Arena, Balkrishna Lawns, Mundhwa (next to Ganesh Petrol Pump), on August 12, 12 noon -10 pm. Tickets are available on Insider.in