HK Craft Brew News: November & December 2021

HK Craft Brew News: November & December 2021

Updated constantly with last-minute beer events, openings and deals

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This article was originally published in early November and is updated as new events are announced.

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December beer news in brief

Last call! We have an imminent closure, and it’s a big one. Perhaps related to the new Carbon Brews opening, The Roundhouse on Peel Street, SoHo, is closing on 5 December. They’re hinting at a “new-and-improved version”, so hopefully they’ll make a comeback.


Roundhouse SOHO is closing

Get to their farewell party on 3 and 4 December for a craft beer free-flow for $288 per person starting at 7pm. Visit their Wanchai venue when you feel sad and need a choice of 24 beers on tap and some Southern fried chicken.

The Cathay Pacific IWSC 2021 Hong Kong winners have been announced, and Young Master cleaned up with six trophies and 22 medals. DEADMAN Brewery picked up 13 medals, proving that they are consistent across the range, and Carbon Brews received two trophies and seven medals.


Carbon Brews taproom in SOHO

A Carbon Brews taproom is on its way! The branded boarding was spotted on Wyndham Street by Hong Kong’s unofficial beer ambassador, opposite LKF Tower. Details will be incoming, but it’s not likely to be open this year.

We love to support local and recently became aware of Craftlah, a beer supplier that 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.


Taps we need to visit

It’s great to see lots of places now own their taps, which means they can freestyle their beer choices at will and are not restricted to only serving one brand.

Here is our shortlist of interesting beer places we want to visit:

  • Craft Logic – opened recently near PMQ on Wah In Fong East, taps incoming
  • Graceland – Zhang Men’s neighbour in Mongkok, for Kona Longboard Island Lager on tap and Southern soul food
  • HANDS – opened in 2019 in Prince Edward (not really new), they specialise in craft beer + magic!
  • Hops 37 – behind Times Square at 37 Yiu Wa Street, specialising in craft beer and shisha
  • Yum Kwun – next to the Blue House in Wanchai, offering great Thai sets and 10 taps


Beer collaborations

Two very different collabs snuck up on us. Blue Bottle Coffee has teamed up with H.K. Lovecraft to offer a coffee lager using the signature Bella Donovan coffee blend. Promising a perfect balance between raspberry, chocolate and the molasses taste of coffee with the clean crispness of lager, we are looking forward to trying it.

Bloody Women is the HK chapter of the worldwide non-profit organisation Pink Boots Society, and this new brand will be brewing at Young Master Brewery using a pale ale recipe by master brewer Jess Hanson. Inviting us to consider the can as well as the contents, Bloody Women shares stories of real-life domestic abuse and aims to bring the conversation out of the shadows. Controversial? Yes. But it shouldn’t be, and that’s the point.

UPDATE: the campaign has been described as “misguided, unethical and dangerous” by a HKU associate law professor and is copping flak at HKFP. We are uncomfortable with the design on the cans, but if sharing their stories in this manner empowers victims of domestic abuse, surely that is more important? The ultimate test, however, will be whether it will sell, and we think it’s going to be too divisive to be commercially successful.


Events, tap takeovers & beer launches

As events are announced, we will add them here... check back often!

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After 9 Beer Party at Flower Years (10 & 23 December, 9–11pm)

Flower Years will dominate the Eaton Food Hall space after 9pm with a casual, local beer-focused hang-out. The first event, on Friday, 10 December (tickets), will focus on showcasing CBD beer and will include seven beer types from five local brands including Young Master, Citibrew HK, Deadman Brewery, Gweilo (using a soluble CBD additive) and Mak’s Beer.

The second event, on Thursday, 23 December (tickets), will be themed around whisky sour beer. Get a whisky shot to pair with your sour beer, with 10 different sour beer types from five local breweries to be featured including Young Master, Black Kite, Carbon Brews, Gweilo and Yardley Brothers.

Tickets are $80 and will include one of the featured beers and free-flow popcorn.

LG/F, Eaton Food Hall, 380 Nathan Road, Jordan, 2710 1898


Dark Side tasting at HK Brewcraft (17 December, 7–8:30pm)

Dark beer tasting event at HK Brewcraft

Dark beers never cease to amaze – from malt-driven flavours like chocolate, caramel, toffee and roasted coffee to the more complex tastes of dried fruits, spices, nuts and oak barrels. ⁣Try six beers with the experts at HK Brewcraft at this limited-seating event. Tickets are $150 online or $200 walk-in (if there are any left).

4/F, 15 Cochrane Steet, Central, Facebook event


Bacchus beer tasting & talk at Prisma Coffee (14 December, from 7:30pm)

Bacchus Brewing delivers big on taste, and if you’re keen on trying eight of these beauties in one sitting whilst chatting to brewer Ross, DM Prisma Coffee to reserve your spot. The cost is $480 and seating is strictly limited.

3A Watson Road, Tin Hau, 3460 3725


Grand opening of Grandpa’s Crib Gastropub (10 December, from 3pm)

The team behind Espresso Martini are already making a good impression with their new gastropub. Once a month, Grandpa’s Crib will host the best craft beer deal around – two-hour free-flow for $200, with access to six taps of local brands including Seven Brews, Hong Kong Beer Co and Carbon Brews. That’s what you will get at their opening party too, along with a DJ, games and freebies.

5C First Street, Sai Ying Pun, 6297 8442, Facebook event


Beer + chocolate tasting at Freida Club (4 December, from 6pm)

A funky and unconventional event brought to you by local chocolatiers Conspiracy Chocolate in collaboration with Yardley Brothers and hosted by the wonderful people at Freida Club (branded as “Chocolate Jungle” for this pop-up). You love beer? You love chocolate? This is the event for you. Try:

  • Thai Chilli Getaway + strawberry-basil chocolate
  • Sauterne Sour (barrel-aged edition) + smoked pineapple chocolate
  • Mango Sticky Mango Imperial Gose + coconut-lemongrass chocolate
  • Christmas Ale + Christmas pine chocolate

1 Leung I Fong, Sai Ying Pun, 9137 7747, Facebook event, ticket link


The Roundhouse SoHo farewell drinks (3 & 4 December, from 7pm)

Last call for farewell drinks at The Roundhouse on 3 and 4 December from 7pm. Get a craft beer-free flow for $288 per person – and enjoy their Texas BBQ while you’re at it.

62 Peel Street, SoHo, Central, 2366 4880


Uncle Snake tap takeover at Prisma Coffee (2 December, from 5pm)

If you love home brew, drop by Prisma Coffee for a one-night-only tap takeover by Uncle Snake. On tap will be a NEIPA, a Vienna lager, a pale ale and a fruity sour that we think will be passion fruit. Beers will be $88/470ml and $78/330ml.

3A Watson Road, Tin Hau, 3460 3725


Frenchies tap takeover at Blue Supreme (2 December, from 3pm)

In order to welcome Sydney bistro and brewery Frenchies to Hong Kong, Blue Supreme will be hosting a tap takeover in partnership with Beerholics, with four very different Frenchies beers. On tap will be their speciality Citra Brut IPA ¼ Birthday Beer, with no bitterness or residual sugars but big hops. Also expect Bière de Garde Noire Kamchatka, a strong Belgian golden ale and the raspberry sour La Grosse Oceanna.

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


Beer-pairing dinner by YM at Second Draft (30 November)

This might be the beer event of the month – eight 10 IWSC gold/major trophy beers from Young Master (originally, we thought it would be different local breweries) will be served over the evening, seven of them paired with dishes created especially by Chef Ah Man of Second Draft and shared between a table of four people. The brewers will be on hand to guide the tasting, and with only 40 tickets available ($400/person), it will sell out fast.

UPDATE: the ticket link is live!

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


9th HK home-brew competition ceremony at DEADMAN (28 November, 12:30–2:30pm)

Join the ceremony on Sunday the 28th at fabulous DEADMAN Brewery and meet like-minded beer lovers whilst supporting the home-brew community in Hong Kong. The standard of beers in this year’s competition is very high and include interesting styles such as the smoky Piwo Grodziskie. All the additional bottles submitted will be up for tasting, and most of the home brewers will be on hand.

There’s no charge for this event, but you are requested to buy a beer from the hosting brewery in thanks for their support. We will likely pick up some of the gold-medal-winning DIPA Hob Robber and a delicious Holy Moly Imperial Stout.

2/F, Lee Chung Industrial Building, 7 Tsat Po Street, San Po Kong, 9808 7660, Facebook event


TAP Mongkok anniversary (27 November, 3–5pm & from 5pm)

Celebrating seven years in Mongkok, TAP is holding two different events on Saturday the 27th, back to back! For two hours from 3pm, pay $400 per head to try eight (8 x 100ml) rare Young Master vintages, including four different Days of Being Wild. And then stay on, because from 5pm they are offering a platter of any four draught beers for $280 (4 x 330ml).

19 Hak Po Street, Mongkok, 2468 2010


The Roundhouse MO Party (27 November, from 4:30pm)

Spend your weekend right – stop by The Roundhouse in SoHo for an afternoon of free-flow Texas BBQ fresh off the smoker and drinks provided by Double Haven Brewing. There will be a disco-themed party and a moustache competition, with great prizes to be won from Handsome Factory. The sign-up fee is $500, inclusive of two-hour free-flow on food and drink, and 50% of the proceeds will go to Movember Foundation.

62 Peel Street, SoHo, Central, 2366 4880, Facebook event, ticket link


H.K. Lovecraft x DEADMAN The Oyster Night (26 November, 7–11pm)

H.K. Lovecraft x DEADMAN oyster night (26 November, 7 - 11pm)

DEADMAN Brewery and H.K. Lovecraft will be brewing a very special oyster dark lager together, and they need our help to collect some quality shells! For $500, you will receive a full dinner and some fresh Aussie oysters (from Coffin Bay), with quality free-flow craft beer from both DEADMAN and H.K. Lovecraft. When the oyster beer is ready, participants will be invited back to try it from the tank. There are strict quotas, so buy your tickets now as there will be no walk-ins available.

2/F, Lee Chung Industrial Building, 7 Tsat Po Street, San Po Kong, Facebook event, ticket link


Behemoth beer launch at The Globe (25 November, from 5pm)

Not just any beer launch! New Zealand brewery Behemoth has paid tribute to hazy hop buddies and HK beer scene legends Pat and Toby from The Globe, brewing them a custom hazy IPA! To be found only on draught at The Globe, join the gang there to launch it from 5pm on Thursday the 25th.

45–53A Graham Street, Central, 2543 1941


Drinks 4 Doggos at Out of the Brew (21 November, 12–5pm)

It will be all dogs + beers on the stairs at Shin Hing Street. The Out of the Brew crew are hosting a fundraising event with Double Haven, Owlsome Group, hEROES, Hong Kong Beer Co and Taboocha, with all proceeds from the donated kegs going to Hong Kong Dog Rescue. There will be a selection of local and imported beers, kombucha and wines in cans, a photo booth (for the dogs) and handmade snacks. All hoomans and doggos are invited!

SCOOP: the new Little Bao is open right next door! Bao, beer, bao, beer, bao, beer...

3 Shin Hing Street, Central, 3489 0334


Yum Kwun grand opening party (21 November, from 3pm)

Yum Kwun taproom

It’s not enough anymore to have either just great food or great beer – now you need to have both! In celebration of this idea, Thai fusion restaurant slash taproom Yum Kwun is inviting us to visit on Sunday, 21 November for their grand opening to help them to empty a couple of kegs of HK craft beer. After that, you can always stay on for happy hour, when craft beers are $58–68.

3 King Sing Street, 9243 9959, Wanchai


hEROES 4th anniversary party at Blue Supreme (20 November, 4–7pm)

Save the date for the hEROES fourth anniversary party! They will release their anniversary beer – BR&MSBAIMSwMSCN&V, nicknamed “The Alphabet” – and the kegged version will only be available at Blue Supreme (with just 720 bottles up for grabs this year). In addition, the fourth anniversary beer will be served alongside the second and third anniversary beers for a 2 + 3 + 4 vertical tasting. Expect the annual thumb-wrestling competition, sales of the bottled anniversary beer (and merch) on-site and above all, a good time.

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


Real Ale Festival at The Globe (20 November, from 12pm)

Real Ale festival at the Globe

If you’re a real ale lover, get to the The Globe at midday on Saturday the 20th for free-flow on eight Yardley Brothers real ales until they run out. There will be their latest session IPA, a milk stout, a summer ale, a lager and more. We’re huge fans of Yardley Brothers Amarillo Ale, but we don’t yet know if it will be there. Stay tuned for the full beer list.

45–53A Graham Street, Central, 2543 1941, Facebook event


Black Kite Pumpkin Spiced Latte launch at NODI (19 November, 6–9pm)

Fresh off their recent award wins, Black Kite Brewery is launching its Thanksgiving-themed beer this week. Want to know what a pumpkin spiced latte beer tastes like? Drop by NODI Coffee Mart on Friday the 19th and try the Pumpkin Spiced Latte Milk Stout on the house.

G/F, Kerry Hotel, Hong Kong, 38 Hung Luen Road, Hung Hom, 2819 3098, Facebook event


24 taps takeover at The Roundhouse Wanchai (18 November, from 7pm)

There’s only a handful of HK breweries that have this range of beers! Get to The Roundhouse in Wanchai for the unique opportunity to experience 24 different Young Master beers on tap, including their newly released anniversary beers. Not sure if anyone will actually get through all of them on the night, especially if they’re drinking the Yat Cheen Triple IPA. Full beer list coming soon, so check back!

29 Amoy Street, Wanchai, 2866 3330, Facebook event


Calma x Moonzen CBD cider launch (18 November, from 6pm)

The venue for this launch is Zaza Craft, a brand-new, friendly-looking restaurant specialising in shisha. It has at least six taps, and Moonzen is on the menu. Great to see! Being particularly fond of the recent Moonzen x Calma Cielo Lime Ginger Radler (with CBD), we are keen to try the new cider, which has a very generous 40mg of CBD + 10mg of CBG.

1A–1L Tung Choi Street, Mongkok, 5548 7852

RELATED: CBD beers – what, where and why?


SEA Brew Online (16–18 November)

SEA Brew is Asia’s biggest gathering for craft brewers, and this year, it will be held online. With experts from around the world, there will be a series of online webinars and discussion groups that will focus not only on how to brew quality beer, but also on skills development, industry innovations and business-rebuilding strategies. On Wednesday the 17th, there will be a social gathering of the 2021 Asia Beer Champions.

Register online for free


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.


Beers + tattoos at Craftissimo (13 November, 2–6pm)

Alcohol + a tattoo artist – what could go wrong, really? At least it’s quality – from 2pm, tattoo artist Morgan Tam will be tattooing Young Master pants on brave fans for FREE. Plus, three Young Master new releases will be available on tap: the eighth anniversary bourbon barrel-aged imperial stout with cherry and whisky (which we’ve heard is amazing), Yat Cheen and Purple Mare. Sign up here.

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

RELATED: Young Master just cleaned up at the Cathay IWSC awards


Multi-venue Young Master beer launch (11 November)

Young Master is releasing four anniversary beers at their taprooms and offering them on a beer platter (4 x 200ml) for $222 for just one day. The new beers are:

  • 八歲 8 Shui Stout Cocktail – barrel-aged imperial stout with whisky and cherry
  • 赤兔馬 Red Hare – raspberry and coffee sour
  • 颯露紫 Purple Mare – blueberry and coffee sour
  • 壹仟 Yat Cheen – triple IPA

The infamous Yat Cheen first came about when the brewery received a heap of free hops from their supplier, and they used them all in one batch of IPA. The result was a wicked, bitter 10%-ABV triple IPA that was named the best beer in Hong Kong in 2017. There will be a free glass of it for YMFAM members (free to join). Find the Facebook event here.

Alvy’s: 8 Holland Street, Kennedy Town, 2312 2996

Pub 1842: BaseHall, LG/F, Jardine House, 1 Connaught Place, Central

Second Draft: 98 Tung Lo Wan Road, Tai Hang, 2656 0232

TAP The Mills: Shop 302, 3/F, Mill 5, 45 Pak Tin Par Street, Tsuen Wan, 2331 2621

TAP Mongkok: 19 Hak Po Street, Mongkok, 2468 2010


Prisma taproom opening party (10 November, from 5pm)

Prisma has existed as a coffee shop for some time, and now they own four beer taps. The beer supplier is Beerholics, which imports fantastic Australian craft beers such as Wayward Brewing, Bacchus Brewing and CoConspirators Brewing (with three more Aussie brands coming next month). We are told there will be a H.K. Lovecraft Helles lager, a CoConspirators hazy double IPA and a Carbon Brews barrel-aged imperial stout on tap for the opening.

There are more events planned – an entire keg of precious Bacchus Salted Caramel Porter is on its way(!), and there will be another Bacchus tasting event where you can Zoom with the owner whilst trying multiple beers.

3A Watson Road, Fortress Hill, 3460 3725, Facebook event


Northern Monk tap takeover at Second Draft (9 November, from 3pm)

Northern Monk, the universally acclaimed craft brewery from Leeds in the UK, is launching its beers in Hong Kong. Finally, fans can enjoy these beers on draft at Young Master Brewery’s taprooms and restaurants. Second Draft will be the first to tap and launch Northern Monk’s beers, with six super-fresh pale ales and IPAs. Northern Monk brewer Derek Chu is from Hong Kong and will join the party via Zoom at 8pm on Tuesday the 9th.

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


Ghostbusters + beer night (6 & 7 November)

Second Draft, Alvy’s and TAP (The Mills and Mongkok) will all be serving the Ghostbusters fish burger with Sichuan mayo on a charcoal bun (pair this with the Izakaya in Berlin sour) and mini puffed banana French toast (we think this would pair well with a juicy IPA) from now until late November, and on 6 and 7 November, you can catch screenings of the 1984 Ghostbusters at Second Draft and TAP The Mills. Who ya gonna call?

6 November @ TAP The Mills, 3pm & 5pm screenings: Shop 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


Tours

New tours...

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


Private tours of Black Kite Brewery (from December)

Get a private tour of Black Kite Brewery ($250/person) if you can get eight people together (up to 12). Enquire here for the private tour. Otherwise, there are tours on the first Friday of every month for $200 that include the tour and tastings.

11/F, Derrick Industrial Building, 49 Wong Chuk Hang Road, Wong Chuk Hang, beer@blackkite.hk


Young Master

The tours of the Young Master brewery in Wong Chuk Hang are back, but you have to be quick. The next available dates (20 November and 18 December) are already sold out for the English sessions.

G/F, Sungib Industrial Centre, 53 Wong Chuk Hang Road, 2783 8907


Private tours of Moonzen Brewery

Moonzen Brewery is now doing private brewery tours! Available on Mondays, Fridays and Saturdays in the afternoon and Mondays and Saturdays for evening sessions, you get the venue and eight taps of free-flow for 3.5 hours. Worth looking into!

2/F, New East Sun Building, 18 Shing Yip Street, Kwun Tong, 3709 2829


Ongoing tours...

DEADMAN Brewery

Brewery tour every Friday, $300.

Moonzen Brewery

Brewery tour every Friday, $268.

Yardley Brothers

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


A very beery Christmas

Get a beer advent calendar. Or, like us, get two.

Keep an eye on BestBev as they are planning to release a Christmas beer hamper that will include merch and goodies.


Bonus: HK craft beer map

A work in progress – email us with suggestions


November beer news in brief

UPDATE: Cathay IWSC 2021 Hong Kong winners!


The DEADMAN Brewery Oktoberfest 2021

First, a huge shout-out to DEADMAN Brewery, which hosted the most amazing, inclusive craft beer festival via an Oktoberfest + Halloween crossover. It was incredible to sample so many fresh HK brews, including some great home brews. There were no bad beers! Over the three sessions, there were:

Most of the brewers were on hand at the DEADMAN Brewery playground, and it was tremendous fun. Hot tip: we learned that there is always a delicious, traditional Gose in the tank that is reserved for DEADMAN Brewery tours.

Congratulations to those who won medals and were recognised at the Asia Beer Championship 2021. HK brewers can be proud of what they have achieved in difficult circumstances. Consider trying a hEROES Kupzzy In Time Hazy DIPA if you haven’t already; it’s been named the Champion IPA of Asia. Use promo code 10forfoodie to get 10% off on the hEROES website.

Young Master is celebrating their eighth anniversary and will hold at least 10 events this month. Don’t forget that Young Master has weekly specials for their YMFAM to help to gather those points for “red pants” status. Sign up for free and get a free beer for your trouble.

Sneaking up on us recently is a newly created Carbon Brews Japan Instagram account – they are opening a Carbon Brews taproom in Tokyo early next year!

We were excited to find out that the new Hong Kong Cannery is not just RTDs; they have their own beer (Intothestorm00 Hazy Session IPA – some of you might have tried it at the DEADMAN Oktoberfest), but unfortunately, their beer plans are limited going forward. Regardless, you must watch this rather exciting short video on their canning line.


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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