Yavasura Brewery – Pune’s Youngest and Most Effervescent Brewers
I’ve always been fascinated by Craft Beer. Specialized, fresh and great tasting beer, without the after taste and after effects of the crappy commercial stuff. Right now, in Pune, the craft beer scene is exploding and it’s a paradise for enthusiasts like me. There are a lot of breweries, old and new, and the place is buzzing giving us so many options and providing a great opportunity for new small brewers to showcase their talent and grow.
When I heard about a brand new microbrewery popping up in Pune, that too quite near my home, I got really excited. Turns out, the brewers at Yavasura Brewery were from my wife’s school, Abhinav Vidyalay, and it was her, who introduced me to their social media. I instantly started stalking them on their Instagram and was drawn to their passion, their story and enthusiasm. Their posts about how they got into brewing and their personalities gave such a personal touch and made me quite invested in their craft beer even before tasting them.
I chatted with them on Instagram replying to couple of their Stories and wished them luck for their new venture, and as luck would have it, they invited me to visit their brewery! Which was very sweet of them and I obviously obliged. I visited them a few days ago and had a great time seeing the brewery, learning, at close quarters, about the brewing process and tasting their truely amazing and distinct beers.
THE BREWERS AND THEIR STORY
Ameya and Partha Mehendale, brothers and partners in this venture, both engineers, first tasted and got interested in craft beers whilst in America. They started brewing small quantities at home for fun and just fell in love with the process. Coming back to India in 2013, they decided to start their own brewing company and named it Yavasura, meaning barley beer in Sanskrit.
Partha, the brew master, loves growing herbs like basil, roasemary, lemongrass, thyme, peppermint etc in their terrace garden. Thus with their home grown Sweet Basil and some black pepper, was born their most distinct and flavourful beer, the Basil Peppercorn Witbeir! Ameya takes care of the business side of things.
They started this small brewery in a workshop style building near Satara Road. It is still a work in progress but the actual brewing area is just spotlessly clean with extremely strict protocol. They select all the ingredients that go into the beer very carefully, sourcing them locally and personally. You can see all the hard work, dedication and passion that goes into the beer. They have been functional since 2015 and entered a few events where their beers won a lot of appreciation and accolades. Now finally after such hard work, their beers will be pouring at two restaurants in Pune – The Tipsy Duckling (Kothrud) and Botequim Cervejairia (KP, a bar and lounge by Boteco).
Yavasura Brewery has 3 beers currently and a few more in the works. I tasted two, the Basil Peppercorn Witbeir and the Cream Stout. They also have a Belgian Witbeir.
Basil Peppercorn Witbeir – This beer is a masterpiece. Light, fresh and so different. The fragrance of sweet basil fills your nose and then the spice of black pepper hits you when you taste it. The combination of the sweet and refreshing basil and the sharp and spicy pepper is just magic. It’s a treat for all the senses. It’s such an easy drinking beer, I could have litres at once!
Cream Stout – A classic dark brown/black stout, with aroma of dark chocolate and coffee with a very creamy, malty and slightly bitter taste. The bitterness is very mild and the mild sweetness and creaminess just makes it amazing to drink. I love stouts and this was definitely one of the best I’ve had. Excellent stuff.
They’re planning many new exciting beers out of which the Chocolate Orange Stout just has me super excited. Imagine the Cream Stout with it’s dark chocolate and coffee taste infused with the fragrance and taste of orange! It’s like one of those exotic French desserts. I can’t wait to try it.
I have barely had a few ml of their beer and I’m already a fan of Yavasura Brewery. Not only is their beer great, but their story and passion makes you feel connected to them. They aren’t some big company or successful businessman starting their own brewery but two young blokes like you and me, building a company from scratch. That makes you root for them even more. I wholeheartedly wish them the best of luck and great success ahead. I can’t wait to taste their beer at The Tipsy Duckling or the Botequim Cervejaria.