GET­TING CRAFTY

There’s a slew of brand new craft beer wa­ter­ing holes around town. Eve­lyn Lok takes us through the list.

HK Magazine - - NIGHTLIFE -

Hi­tachino Nest

The ven­er­a­ble Ja­panese craft beer maker opened its doors in Fo Tan early Au­gust. Brew­ing for the Hong Kong mar­ket as well as for ex­port to the main­land, the brew­ery makes a few of the brand’s sig­na­tures, and is plan­ning to ex­pand into Hong Kong-ex­clu­sive fla­vors. It’s open for brew­ery tours ev­ery Satur­day from Aug 27.

Drink this: The Espresso Stout, a richly choco­latey dark beer that tastes like a smooth iced Amer­i­cano. Unit A1, G/F, Uni­son In­dus­trial Cen­tre, 27-31 Au Pui Wan St., Fo Tan, 2620-0095.

Sec­ond Draft

Bring­ing fresh brews to hip­ster en­clave Tai Hang is Sec­ond Draft, the sec­ond es­tab­lish­ment by the team be­hind Mong Kok craft beer bar The Ale

Project. This time with a fu­sion gas­tropub menu by Lit­tle Bao’s May Chow. The vibe here takes in­spi­ra­tion from old school Hong Kong, us­ing Star

Ferry-style doors, sturdy wooden chairs and pale melon-green in­te­ri­ors char­ac­ter­is­tic of old-timey cha chaan tengs.

Drink this: The new­est Young Master brew: Lui Sun (mean­ing “god­dess”), a man­goey IPA with a rel­a­tively light bit­ter­ness. G/F, 98 Tung Lo Wan Rd., Tai Hang, 2656-0232.

The Garage Bar

The out­door pa­tio bar The Back­yard at Cordis Hong Kong’s just un­der­gone an over­haul, bring­ing a fo­cus to good ol’ hearty burg­ers and sand­wiches and putting the spot­light on 40 Hong Kong and in­ter­na­tional craft beer la­bels. Pair the sig­na­ture Hongkongese Burger—a steak burger en­cased within a char­coal-baked pineap­ple bun—with one (or three) of the lo­cal brews from Nine Dragons Brew­ery, Moonzen, Lion Rock, City Brew and more.

Drink this: Choose any three types of beer from dif­fer­ent la­bels to cre­ate your own per­son­al­ized beer flight. Level L, Cordis, 555 Shang­hai St., Mong Kok, 3552-3028.

Lit­tle Crea­tures

Hav­ing just opened in

July, Aussie ex­port Lit­tle Crea­tures is al­ready a crowded hotspot come week­end evenings, and it’s al­most im­pos­si­ble to get a ta­ble with­out book­ing in ad­vance. Ser­vice is still a lit­tle spotty and con­fused on the bar side, but it’s bet­ter for a sit-down meal. Great, un­pre­ten­tious food, fresh beers brewed on-site, a friendly at­mos­phere and an in­cred­i­ble high-ceilinged in­dus­trial space make this a great hang­out for larger groups.

Drink this: You can’t go wrong with the solid sig­na­ture Pale Ale. Shop 1, G/F, New For­tune House, 5A New Praya, Kennedy Town, 2833-5611.

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