ANN ARBOR – On Dec. 1, Arbor Brewing’s Matt and Rene Greff head to Bangalore, India, for three months to oversee the final construction phase and opening of ABC India, a brewpub partnership with University of Michigan graduate Gaurav Sikka.
But they weren’t going to get away without a farewell party, and that’s exactly what they got the evening of Nov. 15 at Arbor’s taproom, where almost 100 people came to wish bon voyage to the Greffs, enjoy a specially prepared menu of Indian-style food and sample prototypes of four beers that will be served at the Bangalore brewpub.
Detroit’s WDIV-TV aired a 6 p.m. news segment on Arbor’s Indian venture to cheers from the crowd, a projector flashed a slideshow of pictures from the Greffs’ previous trips to Bangalore, and Matt and Rene even performed a “Bollywood” style dance to the great amusement of onlookers.
Menu items included Spiced Lentil Soup, Gobi Manchurian (battered, fried cauliflower in spicy-sweet sauce), Tari Walli Murghi (chicken and potatoes in tomato curry sauce) and Makkai Nu Shaak (sweet corn and spicy chilies with lentils over basmati rice).
But what about the beers? Here’s a quick rundown:
Garam Masala Pale Ale – A delicious, light pale spiced with garam masala (ground cloves, cumin, nutmeg, coriander, among others) and ginger, it was the standout of the night with the keg lasting only about an hour.
Curry Spiced Belgian Ale – A golden ale fermented with Belgian yeast and spiced with curry and cinnamon, this beer also ran out early.
Chai PA – A blend of Sacred Cow (aka Raging Elephant IPA) and Ypsi Gypsi Pale Ale “chai-hopped” in a firkin with spiced masala chai tea bags.
Mango Blonde Ale – Arbor’s Brasserie Blonde Ale, brewed with mangoes and also served from a firkin.
If you missed out on the beers and can’t afford airfare to Bangalore (currently going for around $1,400 round trip), don’t worry. Matt says they plan to have the Indian beers on tap at the brewery from time to time, too.
More on ABC India from AnnArbor.com: http://www.annarbor.com/business-review/international-expansion-arbor-brewing-co-owners-plan-three-month-trip-to-india-for-brewpub-opening/