Top 10 Hong Kong craft beers
In the run up to Hong Kong’s largest beer festival, Beertopia, we bring you 10 rising stars of the Hong Kong craft beer world.
As discussed in previous HK db round-ups, Hong Kong has diversified its drinking habits in recent years and as well as reaching for a lavish rooftop cocktail, gin concoction, or fine wine by the glass, the city’s young (and old) drinkers are also knocking back craft beer by the gallon.
In response, there’s been an upsurge in the number of quality HK-brewed outfits taking their inspiration from the landscape and Hong Kong’s melting pot of cultures.
In the build up to Hong Kong’s Beertopia, we present 10 of the city’s finest craft beer start-ups to rival anything from London’s East End to America’s Portland.
Black Kite Brewery
Named after Hong Kong’s infamous bird of prey which is commonly seen soaring over the mountains, the Black Kite Brewery is a family company run by Hong Kong brothers David and Daniel Gallie since April this year.
Based in Wong Chuk Hang, Black Kite Brewery offers six beers: a Pale Ale, Wheat (Hefeweizen), IPA, Brown Ale, Porter and a Golden Ale that is brewed especially for Hullett House.
Find them in: The Globe, Hullett House, Mrs. Pound, Beer & Fish, Casa in Kennedy Town and Sai Kung), and The Ale Project.
While not organising large-scale tasting sessions just yet, Black Kite welcomes emails concerning individual trips around the brewery.
Black Kite Brewery, 11B Derrick Industrial Building, 49 Wong Chuk Hang Road, Wong Chuk Hang
Launched in June this year, Fat Rooster has two “headliners”, its IPA and Red Ale as well as Amber Ale and Brown Ale on limited release. Fat Rooster also hopes to launch a Belgian Ale soon.
Find them in: The Langham Place Hotel, Rockabilly, Smokey Joes, Grand Central, The Jockey, The Saint and McSorley’s Ale House.
Fat Rooster, Wai Lam House, 12 Lan Kwai Fong, Central
A playful swipe at Hong Kong’s large and mostly inebriated expatriate population, Gweilo beer aims to “redefine” Hong Kong craft beer scene and creates colourful marketing campaigns aimed at the “white devils” who stagger in and out of Hong Kong’s bars, drinking Gweilo Beer.
Find Gweilo’s Pale Ale and IPA at The Beach House and Cafe Isara on Lantau, Shoreditch, Casa Tapakaya, Kinsale, Soiree, Hooked, The Globe, Beer & Fish, Boomshack, Beef & Liberty and Ham & Sherry.
HK Beer Co
Beers have tongue-in-cheek names and reference Hong Kong’s icons, whether it’s Gambler’s Gold Golden Ale, White Pearl River White Ale, Hong Kong Beer Amble Ale, Dragons Back Pale Ale or Big Wave Bay IPA as well as seasonal favourites, New Territories Series and Crooked Island Series.
Distributed additionally in Singapore and Shenzhen, Hong Kong Beer Co’s beers are found all over Hong Kong with a handy map on its website.
Offering workshops and beer appreciation classes, HK Brewcraft seeks to transform HK’s “stale” craft beer market and offers everything from the homebrew kits to its own curated list of craft beers (brewed outside of Hong Kong).
HK Brewcraft, 4/F, Kwok Lun Commercial House, 15 Cochrane Street, Central; 5925 2739
Kowloon Bay Brewery
With core brews of Pale Ale, Weizen, Copper Ale, American Amber Ale, American IPA, Nut Brown Ale and Imperial Stout and seasonal brews of Bohemian Pilsner, Steam Beer, English IPA, English ESB, Saison Strong Red, Belgian Ale and Pumpkin Ale, Kowloon Bay Brewery is still a newcomer to the scene and has yet to launch in Hong Kong’s fine beer outlets.
Kowloon Bay Brewery’s Facebook page declares that the launch will be imminent, however.
Kowloon Bay Brewery, Tsuen Wan; 2559 8218
Mak in Chinese means wheat, the first beer style produced by the company. Based in Tsuen Wan, the brewery has a capacity of 2000L per month.
Mak’s Brewery currently has four beers: Wheat Ale, Longan Pale Ale (made with dried longans), Sugarcane Stout (made with black sugar cane sugar), and Salt Farm Pilsner.
Find them at Itchi, Ruggers and Chao 2 by Chaophraya with more locations on Mak’s Facebook page.
Mak’s Beer, 1603, Block 2, Tak Fung Industrial Centre, 168 Texaco Road, Tsuen Wan
Beers include Thundergod Ale, Monkey King Amber Ale, Jade Emperor IPA, Kitchen God Honey Porter and Moon Goddess Chocolate Stout which are found in Hong Kong’s chic drinkeries of The Pawn, Mandarin Oriental and The Globe.
While they don’t offer official tours at the moment, those interested in visiting their facility in Kwun Tong can make an appointment via email.
Moonzen Brewery, Kwun Tong
Tipping Point Brewery Co
Combining a micro-brewery, restaurant and bar all in one, Tipping Point Brewery offers two of its own on tap, The Tipping Hazel Nut Brown Ale and the Tipping Point Pale Ale as well as hundreds of others from around the world.
Nestled among Wyndham Street’s boozy bars and open since 2014, the Tipping Point also hosts extremely popular parties where guests can pour the beer themselves in free-flowing abandon.
Tipping Point Brewing Co, 79 Wyndham Street, Central; 2868 2892
Young Master Ales
Founded by ex-banker and proud homebrewer Rohit Dugar in Ap Lei Chau, Young Master includes all-year-rounds, seasonals and one-off special edition releases with five to seven styles typically on offer.
Highlights are Captain’s Bar Beer in collaboration with the Captain’s Bar at the Mandarin Oriental, The Young Master Classic, the interestingly-named Fussy Peachkin Man (in homage to a dear friend) and Buddha’s Bold Gesture.
Young Master Ales, Ap Lei Chau