The Great State Grill Works

Great State Ale Works is all about the greater state of brewing. A production-only craft brewery based out of Pune, Great State is the newbie on the scene but with promising craft beers in their lineup.

Recently, Great State launched their Great State Grill Works pop-up at Independence Brewing Company, pairing some delectable meats with some of the best beers the city (and probably the country) has to offer at IBC.

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So when Vandana reached out to invite me for the same, it felt like a very meaty offer! 😉

The grill station had been carved out from an old oil drum which not only looked cool, but also gave a unique twist to the grilling of the meats.

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Grill Station

On the menu that evening were Briny Chicken Thighs, Asian Style Pork Chops and Pork Belly; all very reasonably priced at Rs. 350 per dish.

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The menu for the night
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All dishes

The Briny Chicken Thighs were actually shredded pieces of chicken pre-soaked in brine water and then grilled. Lovely flavors of the dish, complemented by the salad.

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Briny Chicken Thighs [Rs. 350]

The Asian Style Pork Chops were absolutely melt-in-your-mouth. A slight pull-apart with your fork and knife and it caved right in. That was pure seduction on a plate. #YumYum #HighlyRecommended

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Asian Style Pork Chops [Rs. 350]

The Pork Belly was glazed with IBC Ixcacao beer and jiggery and the flavors showed quite distinctly on the palate. The belly was cooked with a layer of fat on it which only helped to elevate the dish to another new level, nay dimension. Bang-on flavors!! #DeliciousDelicious

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Pork Belly [Rs. 350]

We were also offered a pint of IBC’s in-house beers to help wash down all the meats. I opted for their famous Ixcacao.

A stout brewed with real cocoa nibs and bourbon vanilla, this beer has an intense bittersweet chocolate and vanilla notes with some roast in the background. The nitro pour made for a creamy mouth feel. I personally love dark beers and especially ones with a coffee or cocoa/chocolate flavors. This one was right down my alley.

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With some great beers in their line-up, Great State is already making waves in the craft beer community and is on track to enthrall their customers with some superlative meats at their Grill Works pop-ups.

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Ek selfie to banta hai!

Great State Ale Works brewery is located at Vadgaon Sheri while the pop-up was hosted at Independence Brewing Company located at Mundhwa.

A big shout out to Vandana for inviting us and Rohan and Team GSAW and IBC for hosting us.


I was invited for a complimentary food tasting event. This blog is a narrative of my experience at the event. These are my views that I have expressed in the blog. Others are most welcome to agree or disagree with the same.

The blog is not personally or commercially influenced. I have not lifted, copied or plagiarized it from any source either. However, I have done my due diligence via publicly available information on the internet and as shared by the client/PR agency.

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Loved the beers at IBC? Check out my experience of the beers at The White Owl here. You may also check Sailee Paranjpe’s experience of the Great State Brewery Tour here.

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