Every year, Woodside Inn makes it a point to launch some new beers along with succulent burgers for its annual Beer and Burger Festival to coincide with Oktoberfest. While the real Oktoberfest stands cancelled for the second year in a row because of Covid-19, Woodside Inn has launched the 14th edition of its Beer and Burger Festival at its outlets in Andheri, Bandra and Colaba in Mumbai.
We decided to try these out at the Bandra outpost of Woodside Inn on a Saturday evening. Here’s how it went.
The Beers –
There are a total of three beers that are part of the Beer and Burger Festival with two of them being curated by the folks at Gateway Brewery and one by 2 Down Brewing Co. We ordered both offerings from Gateway Brewery to start off with.
The first one is called Helga’s Helles, which no surprise is a Helles lager. The top citrusy notes and crisp finish of this one was a welcome respite from the hot weather outside and instantly put us in a good mood. It’s also an Oktoberfest must-consume so we had no qualms in trying this first. Helga’s Helles is easy to drink and easier to recommend of the three.
The second beer, called Reinhardt’s Rauchbier, is a lightly smoked beer that is typical to the city of Bamberg in the Franconia region where it was first brewed in the 14th Century. The beer itself was punchy and had great body and the smoky dark colour lent itself to a deeply satisfying drink. It lacked the crispiness of the Helles but the Rauchbier was a standout on its own in more ways than one.
We also tried 2 Down Brewing Co’s Gretel’s Gose. Gose was originally brewed in Goslar in Germany and takes its name from a river that runs near the town. We would have happily poured this Gretel Gose down the same river if we could. The beer, which should have been tart and refreshing ended up being too citrusy and tart-y to enjoy. The overt tartness killed all other flavours and made this inherently a bad last choice. We’d avoid this one if we could.
The beers are all served with a baked pretzel and honey mustard sauce, a nice Oktoberfest addition.
The Burgers –
Coming to the burgers, we tried the two most-ordered burgers from the festival, Hähnchen-Schnitzel Burger, a crispy chicken schnitzel burger with homemade maltaise sauce (citrus hollandaise) and Der Hamburger with smashed tenderloin patty, weissbier-battered onion rings, creamy Obatzda (German beer cheese spread).
Served on a multi-grain bun with house-made 15-day fermented sauerkraut and French fries, both the burgers were outstanding and managed to justify their price tag. While the Hähnchen-Schnitzel Burger had the perfect combination of juices to fried chicken pieces, the Der Hamburger was easy to chew and easy to make conversation over, without making too much of a mess.
Both the burgers managed to live up to expectations by the end of it. The fermented sauerkraut and French fries were a nice touch to the Oktoberfest menu as well and definitely adds to the overall appeal of the festival burgers.
The Verdict –
The Beer and Burger festival managed to transport us briefly to Germany with a couple of exceptional beers from Gateway Brewing Co and Woodside Inn’s burgers. Apart from the faux pas with the Gose, there was hardly anything that we didn’t enjoy.
We would wholeheartedly recommend you give the festival a shot before the menu is taken off on October 31.
Do let us know what you think of Woodside Inn’s Beer and Burger festival 2021 in the comments below.
Gurgl paid for all the food and drinks and conducted this review anonymously
The burgers are tender, juicy and pretty good overall
Both the beers from Gateway Brewing Co hit the right spots
Burgers are slightly pricey
The Gretel's Gose was a letdown
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Priyanko Sarkar is the Founder Editor of Gurgl.in. He has been a writer for over 15 years and this site is his attempt to document India's growing beverage sector with impactful and interesting stories. His favourite drink is Vietnamese Coffee and his favourite spirit is Turkish Raki.