Enjoy Craft Beer, Books, And Jazz? Head To This Microbrewery In Whitefield
One of the first microbreweries in Whitefield, Windmills Craftworks wins for its quiet earthy vibe, intimate seating that provides a great view of their stage and patronage to the arts and jazz.
What Makes It Awesome
We know you’re grumbling that it's Whitefield, but if there ever was a supremely legit reason to trudge to that district, then Windmills Craftworks is it. An all in one experience (right from where you place your order on an iPad, so you don't have to constantly worry about getting someone's attention), you can come for the beer, and stay for the extensive library or jazz performances in the evening.
Considered by some to be the best craft quality in town, they offer Stout, Hefeweizen, Golden Ale and India Pale Ale on a regular basis with seasonal beers making appearances year round. We can drink plenty of the rich, aromatic Stout. But we’ll gladly vouch for the slightly fruity Hefeweizen with hints of banana and clove. They also have Golden Ale, essentially a Czech Pilsner and IPA which works for those looking for a hoppy beer. They’ve made their menu here to suit the beer, and they have a host of great small bites. We’d recommend the Onion Rings (the greasier the better!) and Windmills Baby Pork Ribs (slow cooked) in a sweet-sour sauce or Honey Chilli potato for something that packs a sweetly fiery punch. We absolutely love the Pulled Pork Burger (the BBQ sauce really is homemade and not just ketchup pretending). Mains range from pastas (not really remarkable) to grilled meats (try the Fillet of Beef with sinful fondant potato and a fiery green peppercorn sauce). But the clear winner is the Grilled Salmon with a piquant salsa. End with Sticky Toffee Pudding topped (generously) with brandy and a dollop of vanilla ice cream.
An entire wall is home to shelves of books that range from travel and music to fiction novel and autobiographies, making it a real treat, especially if you're going alone. Add on a beautiful stage which usually shines the spotlight on jazz artistes from across the globe, and it’s a win-win situation. It’s best to make a day of this plan, as apart from the great beers to sample, you can curl up with a book, nibble on bar eats, watch a performance and then settle in for dinner before hitting the road again.