HK Craft Brew News: September 2021

HK Craft Brew News: September 2021

Beer news in Hong Kong – new taprooms, tap takeovers, launches and collaborations

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Brew 852  Brew 852  on 28 Aug '21

There are new Hong Kong beers coming out every week. It’s impossible to keep up, but we are somewhat obsessed. Send us deets or hot goss in the HK beer world.

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New taprooms

Artisan Brewer

Artisan Brewer HK

Artisan Brewer has already been open for a little while, but they have only just recently received their liquor license. We dropped in pretty much straight away to try it out. They have 20 taps and a really nice mix of local and imported beers. Of special note – the food we have had here has been amazing (try the bone-marrow risotto with a sour beer to cut through the rich decadence).

They have just started a free-flow deal (with or without brunch) at the weekend – five selected craft beers and four wines in a two-hour free-flow for $238. It’s so great to have a spot with good food and good beer. We only wish it were bigger and slightly less sit-down formal.

28 Hollywood Road, Central, 9848 2863

Flower Years at Eaton Food Hall

We have still yet to visit Eaton’s own signature bar in Jordan, with its vibrant indoor/outdoor setting facing The Astor’s plaza. There’s good reason to go – Flower Years is hosting a local beer fest until 31 October featuring a selection of beers from Carbon Brews, Tai Wai Brewery, Mak’s Brewery, Moonzen, Gweilo and YAU – over 30 different beers to choose from! Order a beer combo set ($138) with a choice of food, including a classic beefburger, spicy fried chicken burger or Impossible tacos, paired with a bottle of craft beer.

LG/F, Eaton HK, 380 Nathan Road, Jordan, 2782 1818

RELATED: The complete list of HK craft breweries

Gomes Gastropub

Gomes Gastropub

We have been visiting Papa Gomes for comforting Indian food for years, so we were really interested to see the family branch out to open Gomes Gastropub on Caine Road. We are disappointed that there are no local beers on tap, but they are selling some Double Haven and Dragon Water in cans.

Unique to Hong Kong is their baiju beer – a beer-baiju hybrid prepared by @baijiusociety in the UK that aims to mellow the flavours of baiju and make it more palatable for the inexperienced.

58–62 Caine Road, Mid-Levels, 3797 3331

Gonuts (by Once You Go Craft)

Go Nuts (by Once You Go Craft)

Tseung Kwan O just keeps getting better! Once You Go Craft in Tai Kok Tsui has teamed up with HeySoNuts for a new project in TKO called Gonuts, specialising in coffee, Western cuisine, dessert and craft beer. They have 10 rotating taps, mostly HK beers, including their signature OYGC house IPA, and are open daily until 10pm, with a 20% discount on craft beer from 8pm. We are excited to learn that the space is dog friendly, and the brekkie pics look delicious too.

Shop 4A, G/F, Alto Residences, 29 Tong Yin Street, TKO, 2796 0228

Graceland: Mong KokGraceland: Mong Kok

Momentai in Sai Kung has closed because the government lease on their venue has expired. It’s possible that this is a temporary closure, which we’re pretty happy about, and – more good news – in the meantime, they are taking up a new spot in Kowloon. The new venue is called Graceland: Mong Kok and will specialise in Southern soul food, organic wines, great beers on tap and a killer soundtrack. Graceland: Mong Kok plans to open in early October.

15 Yim Po Fong Street, Mongkok

Grandpa’s Crib Gastropub

Grandpa's Crib Gastropub

A Sai Ying Pun neighbourhood bar that will serve classic Western-style food and pub snacks to match a good selection of HK craft beer. They will have six taps, with Seven Brews, Heroes and Carbon Brews on tap to start (rotated every month), and Yardley Brothers, Young Master and others will be available bottled.

Grandpa’s Crib will do a monthly free-flow, with two hours access to their taps and house spirits for $200! With great taste in beer and music, we are eager for their planned opening the second week of September (soft opening on Wednesday the 15th, with BYOB until their liquor licence comes through).

5C First Street, Sai Ying Pun

Liquor of Lion

Liquor of Lion

This taproom is brought to us by the Lion Rock Brewery team and is located on Staunton Street, close to The Globe. Liquor of Lion (LoL) will focus on local brews from Lion Rock and others and will have a small kitchen bringing us HK-style bar snacks. The Chinese name of LoL is “釀酒獅”, which translates literally to “brewing lion”, but the final sound is the same as “master” – very cool. There is some fantastic neon artwork inside, and we are excited to visit.

UPDATE: opening on Friday, 17 September!

25 Staunton Street, SoHo, Central

Mak’s Beer

Mak's Beer taps at Central Market

Mak’s Brewery now has a taproom in the long-awaited Central Market space, opened on Monday, 23 August. The venue already has nine taps hooked up to a variety of fresh brews from the local brewery.

Shop G13, G/F, Central Market, 93 Queen’s Road Central, Central

Out of the Brew

Out of the Brew

Out of the Brew is nestled down the Shin Hing Street staircase near Whisky & Words, BEDU and COA, and they plan to take advantage of this location by hosting events like beer launches and dog adoption days. Right now, they’re waiting for their liquor license for consumption on-site, but they are already open as a takeaway bottle shop with a good selection, so drop in and offer them some advice on which of your favourite local brews to put on tap. They’ve told us they will have a dedicated tap for DEADMAN Brewery and one for Double Haven, and another three will rotate depending on what’s fresh.

3 Shin Hing Street, Central, 3489 0334

Events, tap takeovers & beer launches

Young Master dai pai dong takeover (8 October, 7–10pm)

Young Master at Dai Lee Restaurant

Explore Hong Kong’s culinary culture with Young Master Brewery. Enjoy eight signature dishes from their favourite dai pai dong in Sham Shui Po and three hours of free-flow Young Master beers on Friday, 8 October for $320!

You’ll get: roasted goose, chicken feet and pork knuckle with pepper and sand ginger, stir-fried clams with black bean sauce, sweet-and-sour pork ribs, black pepper beef stir-fry, salt-and-pepper prawns, stir-fried pak choi with garlic, salt-and-pepper squid/bombay duck fish and three hours of fantastic local craft beer. Book online.

Dai Lee Restaurant, 2/F, Pei Ho Street Municipal Services Building, 333 Ki Lung Street, Sham Shui Po, Facebook event

The Madhouse Taproom 4th anniversary party (2 October from 2pm)

The Madhouse Taproom anniversary party

Time flies and it's been 4 years since the Madhouse opened their doors. For their party they will have a few special one-keg-only beers, special cans and anniversary beers from different breweries - with 40% off draft beers in the afternoon and 20% off after 8pm. There will be games and lucky draws - reservations are encouraged.

16–18 Yim Po Fong Street, Mongkok, 2466 3166, facebook event

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Beer garden at The Murray (September + October)

The gorgeous outdoor area on the upper-ground floor of The Murray is serving ice-cold Gweilo beers, starting from just $38. With live music every night from 6pm and a range of British pub snacks, what could be better for a beer lover? (EDIT: Now with Oktoberfest food and beer!)

UG/F, The Murray, Hong Kong, 22 Cotton Tree Drive, Central, 3141 8888, book online

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Cloudwater tap takeover at Blue Supreme (24 September, from 5pm)

Blue Supreme will host six fresh-from-the-plane kegs, straight from the Cloudwater brewery in the heart of Manchester, England – including a monster 10% TIPA starring Simcoe hops.

21 Tung Street, Sheung Wan, 5998 3088, Facebook event

HK Brewcraft monthly tasting event (24 September, 6:30–8pm)

“Enter the magical world of Belgian beers. From the refreshingly fruity Witbiers, the dry and sometimes peppery saisons, the renowned and complex Trappist ales, to the wild and spontaneous lambics/gueuzes, you’ll find yourself indulging in a symphony of the wildest original beer styles.” A symphony of the wildest original beer styles – how can you say no to that? Priced at $150, this HK Brewcraft tasting will surely sell out.

4/F, 15 Cochrane Street, Central⁣, 5925 2739, Facebook event

Liquor of Lion official opening (17 September)

Liquor of Lion HK

Liquor of Lion has its liquor licence! With a big range of Lion Rock beers on tap, the latest from SMASH beers and an interesting selection of snacks - this is well worth checking out. Happy hour is from 4 - 8pm everyday.

25 Staunton Street, SoHo, Central

Yardley Brothers Old Stag release party at The Aftermath (17 September, from 9pm)

The newest barrel-aged release from Yardley Brothers is Old Stag. It is a Divine imperial brown ale that was aged in Kentucky bourbon barrels for 12 months, rested on cacao beans and finished with whole raspberries. Get it in you with some live music at The Aftermath and hear The Young Bucks play their new album, Rookies. Admission is $100 at the door.

LG/F, 57–59 Wyndham Street, Central, Facebook event

Gueuzerie Tilquin tap takeover at Second Draft (15 September, 5–10pm)

Gueuzerie Tilquin tap takeover

Gueuzerie Tilquin is a Belgian lambic beer blendery based in Bierghes, Belgium, founded in 2009. They purchase worts from Belgium lambic breweries such as Cantillon, Lindemans and Girardin, and their blends include Oude Guenze, fruit lambics and grape lambics. Interestingly, their draught versions of lambics differ from their bottles. An important event at Second Draft for lambic lovers, put this in the calendar!

98 Tung Lo Wan Rd, Tai Hang, 2656 0232

Endless Summer Beach Party by Dragon Water (12 September, from 4:30pm)

Hit Lower Cheung Sha Beach on Lantau for a pop-up beach bar, Hawaiian-style BBQ and sunset beats by DJ Mr Flakey to celebrate the newest limited-edition Dragon Water in passion fruit, orange and guava (POG). The catch: there are only 40 tickets! For $300, you get two POGs and a Hawaiian-style BBQ feast included. And there’s the add-on option of joining the bike jam, riding from Mui Wo to the party – for free!

Lower Cheung Sha Beach, Lantau Island, book online

Smash Beers launch at Craftissimo (10 September, from 6pm)

Juicy, hazy session IPA

BeerJJ nerds Smash Beers will be launching a limited-edition New England pale ale that aims to to retain all the mouthfeel, juiciness and big hops of higher ABV NEIPAs, packing them into a more sessionable beer. So you can smash, not get smashed.

UPDATE: it’s a hit! This super-fresh hazy goes down a treat. We (Brew 852) worked on this recipe with Smash for about eight months, so if you try it and don’t like it, you can yell at us. Politely, please. TRY IT at Craftissimo or Hoppy Junction! More vendors coming soon.

22–24A Tai Ping Shan Street, Sheung Wan, 6012 6845

Blue Supreme beer-pairing dinner menu (September)

Wagyu skirt taco platter

Following the sell-out beer-pairing menu at Roganic, Yardley Brothers has teamed up with premium taproom Blue Supreme to design a pairing menu especially for the brewery’s four brand-new and limited-release beers – no core beers on this menu.

UPDATE: held originally on 9 September, this pairing menu will now continue at Blue Supreme until the beers run out. It’s fantastic – the food is great and the beers are spectacular. We will do it again!

Menu – $300/person (2-person minimum)

  • Smacked cucumber salad with grapes, ajo blanco and almonds
  • Garam masala chicken liver pâté with pomegranate, logan and flaked paratha
  • Blackened Wagyu skirt taco platter with mole negro, burnt avocado, fermented chilli and okra
  • Homemade churros with stout toffee dip

Beer pairings – 4 x 125ml ($150/person)

  • BUGS II: Gamay Noir à Jus Blanc Barrel-Aged Sour
  • Passion Fruit Slap Sour
  • !Quit Your Job! Saison: Jalapeño Edition
  • Old Stag Kentucky Bourbon Barrel-Aged Imperial Brown Ale

21 Tung Street, Sheung Wan, 5998 3088

Black Kite launch at Craftissimo (9 September, from 5pm)

Black Kite negroni black ipa launch

This Black Kite beer is top secret, but we are allowed to mention, completely unrelated, that Negroni Week is coming up.

UPDATE: the secret is out! Introducing Negroni Black IPA by Black Kite, with the herbal flavours of vermouth, the bitterness of Campari, the dryness of gin and the citrusy flavour of an orange twist. And best of all, 5% of all Black Kite sales of this genre-bending brew will go to the Little Free Library charity, so you can drink for a cause!

22–24A Tai Ping Shan Street, Sheung Wan, 6012 6845

Quiz nights at The Globe (7 & 21 September, 7–10pm)

They’re baaaaack on the first and third Tuesday of every month at The Globe! With a new quizmaster and prizes and shots to be claimed, book your teams of four to six people now.

Garley Building, 45–53A Graham Street, Central, 2543 1941

La Sirène tap takeover at Blue Supreme (2 September, from 5pm)

Thursday the 2nd is looking busy! Fortunately, you can walk from Artisan Brewer to Craftissimo and then to Blue Supreme in any order you like and work up a thirst. La Sirène is an artisanal brewery grounded in the spirit of farmhouse brewing, and there will be four different beers to try, including a funky IPA and a stout.

UPDATE: big recommend from us for the three-year barrel-aged saison from La Sirène.

21 Tung Street, Sheung Wan, 5998 3088, Facebook event

Ārpus Brewing tap takeover at Artisan Brewer (2 September, 5–10pm)

Ever had beer from Latvia before? We haven’t! These brews from Ārpus Brewing were kegged on 28 August and have just landed in Hong Kong, ready for this tap takeover at Artisan Brewer.

28 Hollywood Road, Central, 9848 2863, Facebook event

Yardley Brothers launch at Craftissimo (2 September, from 6pm)

Passionfruit Slap

Holy Batman! An old, limited-edition classic by Yardley Brothers has been reborn and will launch at Craftissimo on Thursday, 2 September.

UPDATE: this is a really fun beer – we are fans. Try it if you see it!

22–24A Tai Ping Shan Street, Sheung Wan, 6012 6845

Big Dill x Carbon Brews (28 August)

Carbon Brews is hooking up with plant-based eatery Big Dill for just one day. The details are still being finalised, but so far, we know there will be Sour Punch, Feels Good Man and the brand-new, not-yet-launched Little Rich Lupulins v.9 available to enjoy alongside some indulgent vegetarian beer food.

123 Third Street, Sai Ying Pun, 5726 5533

HK Brewcraft monthly tasting event (27 August, 6:30–8pm)

The monthly tasting events are back! This month, HK Brewcraft has selected six dessert-inspired beers to indulge on, from chocolate pudding and coffee honeycomb cake to berry milkshake and rhubarb crumble. A sweet deal at $150.

4/F, 15 Cochrane Street, Central⁣, 5925 2739

Young Master launch at Ho Lan Jeng (26 August)

New Pina Colada Milkshake IPA Paper Umbrella is a low-bitterness, lactose-sweetened IPA described as “beachy, breezy and sunny”. Be the first to try it at one of our favourite spots, Ho Lan Jeng, but be warned that it packs a 6.5% ABV punch.

Also launched recently from Young Master is HEA CBG Pale Ale, which contains 60mg/L of CBG (rather than CBD), and a 4% ABV Berliner Weisse called Izakaya in Berlin.

2/F, LKF 29, 29 Wyndham Street, LKF, Central, 2342 2224

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Industry night at CUT Sando Sound Bar (23 August, from 5pm)

CUT regularly hosts specials on Monday nights, inspired by the F&B and hospitality folks who normally have Mondays off. These evenings are open to the public too – to come and hang out on the alternative Saturday. This event is showcasing the fantastic range of Black Kite sour beers, paired with great food such as Wilson’s Doughnuts, with fillings by @happyquince. Try a sour flight with two bites for $168.

Shop 2, G/F, 8 Lyndhurst Terrace, Central, 2952 2766

Ca’ del Brado tap takeover at Artisan Brewer (22 August, from 2pm)

HK Craft Beer Co. has imported kegs of the famous Italian sour beer Ca’ del Brado, and this is a fantastic opportunity to pair quality sours with some of the incredible food at Artisan Brewer. There will be five special draught options, three of which are not available in bottles. With tasting flights and lucky draws, we think it’s going to be hard to get a seat here.

28 Hollywood Road, Central, 9848 2863, Facebook event

The Madhouse CWB local beer carnival (21–22 August, 3–10pm)

Moonzen and Young Master will finish up the last week of the local beer carnival held by The Madhouse in Causeway Bay. Fresh beers will be available in addition to the extensive Madhouse tap range, all at $50 cash, and the brewery staff will be there, so go chat to them! There are so many prizes to be won throughout the day, so you are nearly guaranteed some cool merch.

Moonzen will be pouring a freshly kegged Thundergod Ale and two aged sours: a sour stout and a Flanders red. Young Master will be offering Yellow Mare Black Stallion and Glazed Raspberry Cream Sour straight from the keg.

Shop 2, G/F, Chinacham Leighton Plaza, 29 Leighton Road, Causeway Bay, 2891 1948, Facebook event

RELATED: The Madhouse Taproom in Mongkok

Brewery tours

Tours are back on – for now. Here are the brewery tours you can sign up for, and note that there might be vaccination requirements for some:


Brewery tour every Friday, $300.

Moonzen Brewery

Brewery tour every Friday, $268.

Black Kite Brewery

Brewery tour on the first Friday of the month (English) and the first Thursday of the month (Cantonese), $200.

Yardley Brothers

Brewery tour on the last Friday of the month, $300.

Carbon Brews

Brewery tour on Saturday, 28 August – an exclusive tour for Group 14 members (join here), before major brewery renovations begin.

Related: All HK Craft Breweries

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Mick and Dale are drinking beer, brewing beer and reviewing beer all over Hong Kong. It's a tough gig! @foo.brews