HK Craft Brew News: October 2021

HK Craft Brew News: October 2021

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

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

This article was originally published in late August and is updated as new events are announced.

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October beer news in brief

There are lots of Oktoberfest events happening this month – we hope to see you at a few of them. Out of the Brew finally has its liquor licence, and Hong Kong Beer Co is celebrating its 26th anniversary this year with a few events lined up, so check those out below.

We recommend checking out the new Thai + craft beer café Yum Kwun in Wanchai, currently in soft opening. They have 11 taps (but no licence yet) and a really tasty set lunch menu.

Another good one to visit is Moonkok, just opened at K11 Art Mall. It’s no longer a Moonzen bar and has all sorts of local beers on tap. They will host a Yardley Brothers event on Thursday, 21 October – a perfect excuse to have a look.

Congratulations to 99 Bottles on their new tap system – fancy!

Young Master has launched weekly specials for the YMFAM to help you to gather those points for red pants status (we are only just green – still a way to go). Sign up for free and get a free beer for your trouble. Keep an eye on their newly resumed (and newly sold out) brewery tour page for more tour sessions too.

Carbon Brews has turned 3! To celebrate, they are offering us a discount. Use promo code HBDCARBON3 for a 15% discount on online products (excluding sale items). We highly recommend the sour anniversary beer Young Wild & 3, but it’s very limited in production (and with no discount).

The beer we helped to develop and brew with Smash was launched – if you see Ronin’s Hazy, please check it out! It’s currently draught only at Craftissimo, Hoppy Junction, Kowloon Taproom and Liquor of Lion (LoL).

UPDATE: check out new start-up Craftlah, which aims to get you local craft beers delivered cold on the same day that you order them. Get your order in by 2pm and you can be enjoying a quarantine mixed case that night (without the quarantine, hopefully). Use promo code Foodie15 for 15% off and enjoy free delivery for spends over $600.


Events, tap takeovers & beer launches

As events are announced, we will add them here...


Tanks, Tents & Trash (13–14 November)

They are doing it again! 1% for the Planet adherent Double Haven is hosting a camping and diving trip – guaranteed good times and good beers. For $3,000, the two-day camping event will consist of more than five dives in and around Double Haven, Hoi Ha and Tung Ping Chau, as well as less-travelled sites nestled in the stunningly beautiful and idyllic far north-east of Hong Kong. Read more about what’s included on Facebook and book through scuba@saikungindustries.com.


Meet the brewer at GRAIN (every Sunday in November, from 2pm)

Meet the brewer at GRAIN

Book yourself and three friends in to try these new workshops at GRAIN in K-Town and taste the latest on-site brews from Gweilo before they are released. The event includes a guided brewery tour, beer-tasting session with a flight of five on-site-brewed beers and sharing-style snack selection for $528 per person. Advance booking is required.

3–5 New Praya, Kennedy Town, 3500 5870, book online

RELATED: Don’t forget the extra Oktoberfest party on the 29th!


Double Haven x Pause Cafe taco night (5 November, from 7pm)

Tacos + beers!!! This mouth-watering event by Double Haven and Pause Cafe will feature four different gourmet taco courses paired with eight locally crafted beers, seltzers and kombuchas. It’s a Friday fiesta you won’t want to miss. Reserve your spot by phoning the cafe. To get there from Central, take the ferry to Mui Wo from Pier 6 and walk five minutes.

21 Chung Hau Street, Mui Wo, Lantau Island, 5267 5549, Facebook event


Young Master Halloween costume party at Second Draft (30 October, 6–10pm)

Second Draft will hold what is sure to be an epic Halloween party in conjunction with Young Master Brewery. Did you even know that there is another Ghostbusters movie?! There will be new dishes inspired by the film (what could that even mean?), beer games and prizes for the best costumes. Pre-register NOW for a free shot (first 100 registrations only).

98 Tung Lo Wan Road, Tai Hang, 2656 0232, Facebook event


Just in! Second Draft, Alvy’s and TAP (The Mills and Mongkok) will all be serving the Ghostbusters fish burger on a charcoal bun and mini puffed banana French toast from now until late November.

Because you know you want more, on 6 and 7 November you can also catch screenings of the 1984 Ghostbusters at Second Draft and TAP The Mills. Who you gonna call?

6 November @ TAP The Mills, 3pm & 5pm screenings, Unit 302, 3/F, Mill 5, 45 Pak Tin Par Street, Tsuen Wan, 2331 2621

7 November @ Second Draft, 3pm & 5pm screenings, 98 Tung Lo Wan Road, Tai Hang, 2656 0232


Asia Beer Championship 2021 awards viewing at The Globe (28 October, from 7pm)

The live viewing starts at 7pm at The Globe, but if you can’t make it, register here to watch it online.

UPDATE: the results are in – read about it here!

45 Graham Street, SoHo, Central, 2543 1941


Zagovor tap takeover at Artisan Brewer (28 October, from 5pm)

The Russian beer is back again! Zagovor boasts “craft beer from the deep end of the Russian underground”, and they have put kegs of five different beers on a plane to be served fresh at Artisan Brewer. Their best-rated beers are fruited goses and juicy New England-style IPAs – and a mead! – so look out for those.

28 Hollywood Road, Central, 9848 2863, Facebook event


hEROES x Cathay Pacific Catering Services launch party (28 October, from 6pm) at MR & MRS FOX

VHHX Vienna Lager

The collaboration VHHX Vienna Lager will launch on Thursday, 28 October at MR & MRS FOX. Why did hEROES need to collaborate with Cathay Pacific Catering Services for this beer? Because it’s made with their surplus bread! That’s right, following in the footsteps of Breer and Bao Beer, we have another beer to drink that makes use of bread that would otherwise be wasted. Knowing hEROES, it’s going to be amazing... The lager will sell for $50, and a “special pairing dish” will only be available for this even. AvGeek question: what’s the meaning behind “VHHX”?

23 Tong Chong Street, Quarry Bay, 2697 8500, Facebook event


Double Carbon Brews beer launch at Smoke & Barrel (27 October, from 6pm)

Double Carbon Brews beer launch at Smoke & Barrel (27 October, from 6pm)

Launching two beers – a double IPA called Double Vision and a black double IPA called Black to the Future – Carbon Brews has teamed up with some quality nosh. Smoke & Barrel will be putting on some amazing BBQ, and there will be 15% off food items on the night with the purchase of the new double IPAs. Chill to live music starting at 7pm, and beers will be $78/pint or $40/can.

1/F & 2/F, Wyndham Mansion, 32 Wyndham Street, Central, 2866 2120, Facebook event


Can vs keg challenge at Craftissimo (27 October, from 6pm)

Two great breweries have joined forces to make the Hop Shaped Box hazy IPA – Behemoth Brewing from New Zealand and Heart of Darkness from Vietnam. Whilst this sort of awesomeness happens all the time, there is something new thanks to Tai-Pan Beer Co. You can try the keg version jet-fresh from Vietnam alongside the cans direct from New Zealand on Wednesday, 27 October at Craftissimo. Are they the same? Who does it better? This sounds like a challenge we can get behind.

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


Hong Kong Beer Co 26th anniversary parties (October)

Hong Kong Beer Co is the oldest craft brewery in Hong Kong, and you know they are going to make up for not being able to celebrate their quarter century in 2020. This first party was held at The Roundhouse in Wanchai and featured seven fresh Hong Kong Beer Co brews on draught, including their very special saison anniversary brew. Bonus: register for the Zoom tasting on Thursday, 4 November and get a six-pack of fresh beers, including two saisons, for just $100.

Hong Kong Beer Co celebration calendar:


Dragon Water brunch at Awa Awa (23 October, 12–4pm)

Yuko Ginger by Dragon Water

This is an epic one-off collaboration brunch at Awa Awa to celebrate the release of Dragon Water’s new core flavour, Yuko Ginger. We’ve heard this is the best one yet, and if you have any interest in an Okinawan-inspired brunch with free-flow and DJ for only $388 per person, you must reserve a spot now by phoning Awa Awa on 2178 1838, because it will sell out.

UG/F, 42 & 44 Peel Street, SoHo, Central, 2178 1838


Beer- & cheese-pairing workshop (22 October, 7–8:30pm)

Reserve your spot for an evening of great beer and cheese! This time around, enjoy three beers from Gueuzerie Tilquin with three types of artisanal cheese. Tickets are $350 – there are still a few left, and you can reserve them here.

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


Mango Sticky Mango relaunch at Moonkok (21 October, from 6pm)

Mango Sticky Mango relaunch party at Moonkok

This is the perfect excuse to check out the brand-new Moonkok taproom at K11 Art Mall, currently in its soft-opening phase. There will be free pours, games, prizes and, of course, plenty of the award-winning Mango Sticky Mango Imperial Gose (9%!) by Yardley Brothers to enjoy.

Shop G34–G35, G/F, K11 Art Mall, 18 Hanoi Road, TST, 3709 2829, Facebook event


Carbon Brews birthday tap takeover at The Roundhouse Wanchai (21 October, from 7pm)

Drop by The Roundhouse in Wanchai on Thursday the 21st. There will be more than 10 fresh Carbon Brews on tap, including (our current favourite) their 3rd anniversary beer, Young Wild & 3. Don’t forget Carbon Brews’ 15% discount code HBDCARBON3 for purchases online to celebrate their birthday week.

29 Amoy Street, Wanchai, 2866 3330


Cost-price keg event at The Globe (20 October, from 5pm)

The last cost-price keg event (where one keg is sold in 400ml pours at cost price) was wildly popular, and this time around, the folks at The Globe are doing it with Equilibrium, which has a cult-like following and is tremendously expensive in Hong Kong. We don’t yet know what’s in the 20L keg, but we do know that it will be gone by 5:15pm – you’ve been warned!

45 Graham Street, SoHo, Central, 2543 1941


HK Brewcraft co-brewing space (17 October, 1–6pm)

Love brewing but live in a HK shoebox? Get to HK Brewcraft to take advantage of their co-brewing event, where you will be able to use their equipment for free to do your brew. This is for experienced home brewers and instruction will not be provided! You will also be expected to clean up after yourself, please. Note: workshops for newbies are here.

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


Funk Factory Geuzeria launch at TAP Mongkok (14 October, from 12pm)

Spontaneous fermented lambic-style wild ales are having a moment! Funk Factory Geuzeria is one of the most interesting lambic-style blenderies from the USA, and it will be launching its beers in Hong Kong at TAP – The Ale Project. Two foeder-fermented saisons will be pouring, as well as two meerts beers.

19 Hak Po Street, Mongkok, 2468 2010, Facebook event


Equilibrium tap takeover at Blue Supreme (14 October, from 12pm)

They’re back! Hazy specialist Equilibrium has sent us more kegs to enjoy fresh at Blue Supreme, including MC2, MC3 Astrophysics and Ambrosia Alchemy. Physics was never this much fun at school!

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


Kegs & Eggs brunch at The Globe (9 October, 12–3pm)

The Globe is celebrating the re-release of one of our favourite smoky brews, Oh, Bacon! by Black Kite Brewery, with a special one-off brunch event to pair with the beer. Order a pint with a brunch item and you will be entered into a draw to win some Black Kite merch. Mmmmmmm merch...

Don’t forget to keep an eye out for their quiz nights on the first and third Tuesday of every month too!

45 Graham Street, SoHo, Central, 2543 1941, Facebook event


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

Young Master at Dai Lee Restaurant

NOW SOLD OUT! 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.

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

RELATED: Young Master Oktoberfest events at The Murray and BaseHall


LoL opening party (7 October, from 6pm)

Liquor of Lion has already become quite a natural part of the Staunton Street scene, but we will not begrudge them the opportunity to have an official opening party – especially when they are offering $50 pints from 6pm. Revisit some old favourites, like Lion Rock Brewery’s Grandmaestro 一代宗師 IPA, and then try our baby, Ronin’s Hazy Pale Ale (brewed by Smash at the Lion Rock brewery). If you miss the party, normal happy hour is from 4–8pm every day.

25 Staunton Street, SoHo, Central


Culmination Brewing tap takeover at Blue Supreme (7 October, from 6pm)

Culmination Brewing Company is a brewery from Oregon focused on innovation and collaboration, so it’s fitting they have hooked up with local legends Double Haven for this takeover at Blue Supreme. If you love hop-forward beers, there are three fresh-from-the-plane brews to choose from. Try a mid-strength tropical hazy pale, a clean and dry IPA with pine and grapefruit zest or a new one (for us) – a cold IPA, which is fermented warm with lager yeast and hopped with Hallertau Mittelfrüh and Calista.

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


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

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

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

RELATED: The Madhouse Taproom is one of our top taps


GurBeer grand opening (1 October)

Visit new beer shop GurBeer on Friday, 1 October for their grand opening and peruse their great selection of local and imported beers, with some cool incentives. Cloudwater will be 20% off on this day only, there is free beer for a social media follow and there are gifts with purchases. We visited them on our recent beer adventure during our Marco Polo German Bierfest-cation, and we did not leave empty-handed.

Shop GA05, G/F, The ONE, 100 Nathan Road, TST, 9741 6408


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? Note: pictured is a dish from the limited-time Garden Oktoberfest.

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

RELATED: Garden Oktoberfest and other festivities for HK Oktoberfest 2021


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

RELATED: Too much? Try an alcohol-free beer


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. PS: this beer is really delicious!

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 on the calendar!

98 Tung Lo Wan Road, 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)

Ronin's Hazy is a juicy, hazy session IPA

BeerJJ nerds Smash 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: yay, it went well! This super-fresh hazy went down a treat. We (Brew 852) worked on this recipe with Smash for about eight months. Try it at Craftissimo or Hoppy Junction!

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


Blue Supreme beer-pairing dinner menu (September)

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, book online


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 team 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 Paper Umbrella Pina Colada Milkshake IPA 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

RELATED: CBD beer in Hong Kong


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.

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


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:

DEADMAN Brewery

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.


September 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 licence. 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 HK’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

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

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 (LoL)

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 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 licence 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, Sheung Wan, 3489 0334


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