Brewklyn Microbrewery, Kammanahalli

Your gym trainer won’t be happy about this, but we predict a slight belly protrusion in 2017. That is, if you follow our gut instinct.

We had a good feeling about Brewklyn, a new microbrewery in Kammanhali, and turns out, we were right.

Start here
Brewklyn is located on the CMR Main Road in Kalyan Nagar, spread over the top floor of a four-storey building. It’s built with red bricks that are vandalised by a graffiti artist; but it also has muted floors, green panes and big windows to show you all the light you cannot see. A pool table takes centre stage here, trying to compete with a long bar counter that stretches out along the brew room.

Our recommendation from Brewklyn's brews

Tasters are on the house, and include a lager, an ale, and two kinds of wheat beer. Iron Mike, the dark wheat is great if you’ve missed your morning Joe; strong notes of coffee come zinging through. Brewklyn’s Finest gets our vote for the balance of a ballerina, offsetting the brew’s bitterness with a burst of fruity herbs that tease you on the nose before hitting the palate.

A pork chorizo pizza with basil and jalapeños on a beautifully blistered pizza base, treads the line between vinegary chorizo and eye-wateringly spicy jalapeños.

What to eat
The food menu is your usual round up of pasta, pizza and burgers, but closer inspection reveals a few inventive surprises. We’re intrigued by the Bhut Jolokia pork, but given the chill in the air, we opt for a carb-laden barbeque pork in potato skin, and a steamy serving of blackbean beef. The beef upstages the pork by a mile – its spicy flavours and capsicum crunch pair deliciously with beer.

A pork chorizo pizza with basil and jalapeños on a beautifully blistered pizza base, treads the line between vinegary chorizo and eye-wateringly spicy jalapeños. Score two for Kammanhali.

Vegetarians, you’ll thank us for recommending the Parmigiana, a labyrinth of textures, layering cheese between crunchy zucchini and velveteen eggplant, laid on a bed of tomato and garlic. That’s a hard play to follow, but the baked risotto puts up a good game. Deliciously charred broccoli and cheese give way to a melty dish spiked with garlic.

After a meal like this one, no one’s paying attention to the sole dessert of the day – truffle cake. Rich and creamy, we can’t really hold a grudge, except to say that such a delicious meal deserves a sweeter end, one that wasn’t beamed infrom a 1990s birthday party table.

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