Thursday, 9 October 2014

Celebrating Oktoberfest with a Brewery Tour at Barleyz

Oktoberfest is the world's largest funfair held annually in Munich, Bavaria, Germany. It is a 16-day festival running from late September to the first weekend in October with more than 6 million people from around the world attending the event every year. Oktoberfest is an important part of Bavarian culture, having been held since 1810. Other cities across the world also hold Oktoberfest celebrations, modeled after the original Munich event.

Did you know, Beer is the world's most widely consumed alcoholic beverage, and is the third-most popular drink overall, after water and tea.

The process of making beer is known as brewing. A dedicated building for the making of beer is called a brewery, though beer can be made in the home and has been for much of its history. A company that makes beer is called either a brewery or a brewing company. The purpose of brewing is to convert the starch source into a sugary liquid called wort and to convert the wort into the alcoholic beverage known as beer in a fermentation process effected by yeast. I am not a zythologist (student and connoisseur of beer) nor do I have a degree in zythology which is a study of beer and beer making process.

I was invited by Burrp to celebrate Oktoberfest at Barleyz, one of the amazing brewery in Bangalore. We were introduced to the brew master, Mr Mallieswaran who took us through of their brewery system and the process of making beer at Barleyz. I was very excited to actually see the process. He is in this field for the last 25 years. They have a two micro brewery which has a capacity of 500 lts and are placed on the roof top with adequate shelter. The first container is where the initial crushing take place and then it is transferred to the second container for mixing and filtration process. Once the second container finishes its job, the batch is again transferred to the first container where it undergoes the heating process. This entire process takes about 8 hours to complete. These completed batches are then sent to the final 1000 lts containers, located behind the bar for the end process. Two batches at the micro brewery will fill up one container. This is the process that makes sure that we get tasty beer. Here the final removal of yeast, fermentation, etc takes place. Barleyz have 10 1000 lts beer containers to make sure that all their customers never feel the short of alcohol on any given day (except dry days).

2 micro brewery at the roof top of Barleyz
Mr. Mallieswaran, brew master
Explaining the process

Crusher and Heating unit
Mixer and Filtration Unit

Storage containers
Storage Container
Cleansing process 
Row of storage container
Me with the storage container
We had a fun Oktoberfest contest held by Burrp at Barleyz. Fellow blogger Prateek and Janvi won the contest. Lets talk about Beer for which you have visited this post. Though I do not consume alcohol, I am sharing the experience of the fellow bloggers on the beer. Barleyz serves four different kinds of beers, wheat, Barleyz special, sprout and lager. The wheat and the lager was the mild beer and the Barleyz special and sprout is on the strong side. The wheat beer was not heavy but abundant taste of wheat is nice and it is the perfect beer to start the evening for all the bloggers. The lager beer did not impress many as they were not fond of it, though they found the taste unique. The stout has a strong aroma to the beer and the after taste was an enjoyable dark roasted chocolate which few bloggers enjoyed who preferred this dark beer. The Barleyz special was a instant hit with all the bloggers as it had a unique taste and was well received by all. Highly recommended by all the fellow bloggers so do try the special beer by Barleyz on your next visit.

(From left) Stout, Lager, Wheat and Barleyz special

As I do not drink alcohol, I asked for a mocktail with a watermelon base. I do not understand my love for watermelon based mocktails but anyway, I asked for it again at Barleyz too. Later moved to a pineapple based mocktail but the watermelon mocktail was one of the best I have had so far so had to have another glass of it before I moved on.

Starters came along with the beer. Some of the starters which were served were Chilli chicken, Chicken Tikka, Fried Fish, Chicken wings, Veg Spring rolls, Paneer tikka and Pork ribs. All the starters went well with the beer. Chicken wings were cooked and had a sweet taste to start with and towards the end, it gave a spicy effect to my tongue. Fried fish was basa which was cooked well and tasted good with tartar sauce. Paneer Tikka and Veg Spring rolls were enjoyed by the veggie bloggers and they wiped the dish in few minutes. Chilli chicken was also nice to taste though i preferred the wings.

Chicken wings

Chicken Tikka

Fried fish

Chilli Chicken

Paneer Tikka

Veg spring rolls
Pork Ribs
We were having a gala time at Barleyz and chose to dance when they do not have a dance floor and no one was dancing. Many people later joined us as we danced through the night.

As we headed to the buffet area for dinner, I noticed a decent range of veg and non veg dishes. The Nalli pepper soup was a simple soup which was one of my favorite as it perfectly suited the weather (it rained all night long). I could not help but have a second and third serving of the same. The buffet also had a some salad's and main course in veg and non veg section. The mutton biryani was good with the rogan gosh curry and raitha. Rogan gosh tasted good with a butter naan too. Some of the desserts which were placed were Carrot halwa, moong dal halwa, lychee mousse, black forest cake, marbel -cake and gulab jamoon. I had a great time at Barleyz and was too high on music and talks that I did not click any pics of the main course. I prefer the starters over the buffet spread.

Bloggers at Barleyz
I would thank Burrp for inviting me to Barleyz where in I learnt a lot about beer and the beer making process and also had a great time with the food that was served.