The buzz: Hailing all the way from Fremantle, Perth— from one sunny seaside port to another—is Aussie craft brewery Little Creatures. Already well established in Oz, the craft microbrewery-slash-restaurant has just opened up in Kennedy Town, bringing fresh brews and all-day dining options for big groups and family crowds.
The décor: Setting up shop where a flour and sugar warehouse used to be, the massive 6,000 sq. ft. space retains some of that industrial feel with impossibly high loft ceilings, an open kitchen and bar, and exposed pipes. Behind the long bar is where the magic happens: towering metal drums where the malt mash is boiled, the hops are added, and the beer is fermented, filtered and eventually poured. The furniture and décor is comfortable, with brown leather booths and sofas made for up to 10 diners per table in the back, and with enough space around the bar for beer geeks to mill around and learn more about the brews.
The drinks: Brewed on the premises, this is craft beer as fresh as you’re gonna get. Three classic Little Creatures beers are brewed onsite ($65-78/pint), including the signature Pale Ale, and the brewery’s full range is available by the bottle. Choose from the refreshing Pale Ale, a punchy Rogers’ amber ale, a light pilsner, a hopped up IPA or sweet Orchard Crush cider. Brewed especially for Hong Kong is the Early Days pale ale, which tastes like a lighter, even more sessionable version of the classic Pale Ale.