Half Pint – A Taproom Launched By Great State Aleworks & Arbor Brewing Company In Goa
Four hands, two minds, one shared passion – a great idea was conceived over a (or many) chilled glass(es) of freshly brewed beer. Half Pint is inspired by local and international tavernas around the world. An intimate 22- seater taproom brought to you by the team behind Great State Aleworks and Arbor Brewing Company India. Tucked away in a quiet by-lane, the house is nestled behind trees and surrounded by a lovely garden. Expect beers that bring back the joy of tropical living, simple, delicious food that reflects Goa’s exciting culinary diversity and taking inspiration from Portuguese influences. An electric energy influenced by a beer loving community, and stories from the sunshine state, Half Pint is a place for everyone who wants to experiment and discover more. Everyone is welcome, there is no dress code, and we encourage you to be yourself.
Imagined, created and brought to life by two friends and breweries, Nakul Bhonsle, Founder of Great State Aleworks and Gaurav Sikka, Founder & CEO of Arbor Brewing Company India; each bringing a unique skill to Half Pint. Whether you want to make new friends, catch up with old ones, or have a drink alone and ponder over the day that was; Half Pint is any mood that you want it to be. With twelve beers on tap, ranging from Great State Aleworks, Arbor Brewing Company India, collaborative beers with local breweries and the newest entrant, Half Pint beers. Half Pint brewed beers are our shared love for experimenting with everything seasonal and local. We will keep adding new beers along the way, quietly waiting for you to discover your “now” new favorite beer. The inaugural beer menu is a mix of familiar, new, borrowed and brewed that we want to share with you and we urge you to try them as half pints (250ml). We have three new Half Pint beers, Persimmon Wheat, a special wheat ale with hints of honey that is perfect for this weather. Borrowing some flavors from the sunshine state, we introduce the Kokum Sherbet, a summery red kokum and jeera sour, with salty and sour kokum notes and the Tamarind Wheat, a wheat ale with delicious tangy and tart flavors.
In the spirit of collaboration that Half Pint represents, Susegado and Great State Aleworks have also come together to brew a beautiful amber ale, Life of Poee. We like to think it’s a little bit of Goa in your glass – crisp, light bodied and has that malt sweetness from the state’s favorite bread. Don’t worry, we have some familiar beers as well, so you feel right at home. From Arbor Brewing Company, on offer is the Beach Shack, a juicy American Pale Ale with citrus and tropical fruit flavors; No Parking, a crispy, dry, medium-bodied pilsner; Orange Ginger saison which is a light and refreshing pale ale and the Bangalore Bliss, with aromas of bananas, cloves and floral lemon citrus blossom. Continuing with the familiar, from Great State Aleworks, on tap, is the Brightside, an easy drinking Belgian Witbier; Sunny Afternoon, a New England IPA with melon, bright orange and tangerine flavor and aroma and last but not least, the Streetside guava gose, a sour, salty beer infused guava which is quite addictive.
The food menu has been created to complement the beers, inspired by seasonal produce, local flavors, and the vibrant cuisine Goa has to offer. A contemporary and concise menu with 14 small and sharing plates, the food is best described as hearty, wholesome and rustic. You feel like you’re visiting your aunty’s home for summer vacations, filled with love and passion. Offerings range from fun classics with a twist, pâtés like the Red pepper and almond pâté and the Mackerel pâté both served with a side of sliced, warm, crispy poee. There are Pan-fried prawns cooked in a garlic and chili oil, goat cheese and red pepper croquettes and Roasted beetroot, caramelized onion and blue cheese tarts. To soak up all those lovely brews you’ve been sipping on, try the Baked camembert with homemade tomato relish and poee, Fermented apple sauce glazed pork belly with apple chutney and green apple slaw, and Pan-fried herbed mackerel with confit tomatoes and salsa verde. We are happiest when tucking into a bowl of Slow cooked beef stew simmered in a Half Pint ale, and our portions are great for either sharing or for one person.
Spread over 1100 sq ft, three rooms, the space is intimate and seats 22, with a dedicated bar space for those who prefer standing. Designed by Goa-based Leeann Periera, the space is created to evoke any emotion you like, painted black giving you a blank canvas so the only color in the space is conversation and craft beer. Half Pint is situated in an old Portuguese home, with a beautiful garden at the front and a “balcao” (balcony) for those balmy nights. As you enter the taverna-like taproom, you are greeted by a dimly lit comforting space, with communal tables and benches. You instantly feel at home, it’s cozy, intimate and inviting. A few more steps and you’ve reached the bar, a distinct space for you to get your beers on tap. As your evening progresses, we match your vibe with pub-style music.
Half Pint is a taproom, a gathering place, a community, a space to learn more about beer culture, an area of discovery for the new, familiar, borrowed and brewed. Come on by, grab a beer and perhaps a seat.
Half Pint is open Wednesday to Monday (closed on Tuesdays) Address: Rudy’s, House no. 639, Little Vagator, Vagator, Goa 403509
Timings: 5.00pm to 1.00am
Call: +91 88372 48273
Average Price for Two: INR 1000