These microbreweries in Hyderabad offer some of the best craft beers in town, each one with an ambience that will make you want to stay longer.
Set within the picturesque Olive Bistro and overlooking the Durgam Cheruvu lake, The Hoppery is all glass and tropical beach setting, making a cold beer on a warm or rainy afternoon, simply perfect. Step in and the menu is just as ideal – you can’t go wrong with Wit, one of their White Spice brews, a classic Belgian wheat beer with a whiff of spices. Or try a cocktail or two like The Cure, concocted with a coffee and caramel flavour, besides the very likeable beer sangria – fruits with apple and red grape juice in beer. A great selection of continental food rounds things up rather nicely.
Where: Olive Bistro, Road No 92, Jubilee Hills
Contact: +91 095731 17862
This one’s among the most spacious microbreweries in town and its swanky living room like interiors features a cool central round bar and overhead red lights. Known for its finely crafted beers with ingredients handpicked with immense care, this is where you get the light strength Witibeer, among the best in town. Their apple cider beer has a lovely sweet touch to it but if you are in the mood to try everything, the beer sampler featuring all their brewed delights is a hit for sure. Pair it up their live music and al fresco seating, and you have a lovely evening at hand.
Where: Road No 36, Jubilee Hills
Contact: +91 97019 23210
Prost is art and oomph all the way, what with walls featuring graffiti, stylish lighting overhead, and old-school motorbikes forming a part of the décor. Even though there are a wide array of classic drinks like a Mudslide or Margarita to choose from here, we recommend diving straight into their unique selection of craft beers. Fans of Stout will not be disappointed, and the wheat beer here has been deemed by many as the best in town. Among the cocktails, try the hearty Beer Boiler, made with house-crafted beer, vodka, and whiskey, a must have. If you are dragging an non-beer fan along, Prost Mania, another signature made with tequila, cucumber, and jalepenos, is hugely popular. Don’t miss What An Idea either, a concoction of vodka, pineapple and basil served in what might pass off as a light bulb.
Where: Road No 45, CBI Colony, Jubilee Hills
Contact: +91 040 2355 6235
Named after Hyderabad’s STD code, Zero40 is hip from the word go. Spread over four levels, there is much to do here – catch a sports screening, enjoy live band performances, or spend time at the game tables. Offering six craft beers, the drinks selection is a rich mix of classics and a wide number of specialty cocktails (When Jag Met Gin, featuring gin and jaggery with vodka, and Limbu Martini, good ol martini a heavy-duty lime boost, are our top picks). Among the craft beers, don’t miss Beach Bum, a pale ale with a good tropical fruit flavor, or Go Swami, a Munich Helles that has a nice dry finish they have given their own spin to using Basmati.
Where: Road No 10, Jubilee Hills
Contact: +91 73375 40040
Among the first (if not the very first) microbreweries to open in Hyderabad, Hylife is a hip lounge that settles comfortably amidst city bustle. The highlight of this two-level microbrewery is the bar with a high wall backdrop featuring graphics of the brewing process, if you did not count the jeep suspended from the roof, that is. Fans of wheat beer have much to rejoice. Their wheat beer, James Blonde, is a great pick, while the fruit beer, named Mausam, is for those who like a hint of the tropical in their drink. The lager, Drunken Monk is a good choice for its crisp character.
Where: 800 Jubilee, Road No 36, Jubilee Hills
Contact: +91 74992 34567
Among the more recent breweries, Broadway takes the cake for its uber cool ambience. Its Instagram perfect décor is replete with stylish wall art and graffiti, and the sunlight streaming in through the broad swathes of glass has its own charm. The 56-foot bar with the tap room is rather formidable, and the craft beers on offer include a good selection of their exquisite Czech Pilsner, Hazy IPA, the refreshing Cream Ale, and the subtle-on-the-palate Milkshake Oat Pale Ale. We were particularly delighted by Imagine, made with ginger and curry leaves.
Where: Road No 46 A, Jubilee Hills
Contact: +91 91333 16699
Over The Moon Brew Company
This one is spread over two floors, each with a distinct feel – The upper floor houses the buffet set up in peppy colours and accents, while the lower level has a rustic decor with an alfresco part. Island bar counters feature at both levels. Among the selection of beers here, The White High, a Belgian wheat beer, is popular with regulars for its subtly sweet flavour. Or try the OTM lager, a seasonally crafted beer that has a toasty caramel feel to it. You cannot go wrong with Moonlight, a lovely golden ale that is rounded and smooth – perfect for when you can’t make up your mind. The food very much lives up to the reputation of the OTM brand with a wide variety of delectable choices that you cannot help but keep coming back for.
Where: Quiet Lands, Gachibowli
Contact: +91 91006 23334
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