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