I’m traveling alone, and while I do quite a bit by myself I’m not lonely. In fact, I’ve not been solitary for too long since I arrived. The small guesthouse where I’m staying has been quite friendly. Last night a small group of us headed out to a farewell dinner for a Belgian couple that was leaving the next morning. We went to The Barge, Mysuru’s first microbrewery.
I wouldn’t have guessed in a million years that my third day in India would take me to a brew pub, but there you go. The space is a combination of shipping containers and outdoor courtyards and a hell of a lot of twinkle lights. It was a small miracle that I didn’t trip over the lip of the containers as I walked through the place. The beer wasn’t the worst I’ve ever had (Avalon Brewing Company, I’m looking at you), and the food was easy - nothing too adventurous or risky. (Some people like risky. I’m not one of them.)
According to the owner of the guesthouse, it’s a popular spot on the weekends for young professionals and even families with kids, which sounds like a lot of the breweries I know and have seen back in New England.
It was not at all something I expected to see while in India, and I’d definitely go back.