As we step into the second half of the year, the weather in Hong Kong is also changing. We are forced to embrace (not so willingly for most) the humid, ever so warm (hot) summer that is going to be hitting us on full swing. During these hot summer days, I would definitely not say no to a nice cold pint of beer.
Now Hong Kong may not immediately come to mind as a destination for beer lovers, but the city's craft beer scene has been growing rapidly in recent years. One of the most exciting developments in the industry has been the emergence of locally brewed beer gaining popularity among both locals and visitors alike.
In this article, we will be looking at how it all started off in Hong Kong, some of the best spots to taste and our very own locally brewed beer. Finally a few of our very own Localhood volunteers tested one out to enjoy a few pints and experience the flavours that own locally brewed beer has the offer.
Hong Kong's craft beer scene began to take shape in the early 2010s, with the opening of a handful of small breweries. These pioneers were largely inspired by the craft beer movement in the United States, and many of them began importing hops and other ingredients from overseas in order to create their unique brews.
One of the most well-known early entrants to the Hong Kong craft beer scene was Young Master Ales, which was founded in 2013. The brewery quickly gained a following for its inventive and high-quality beers, which drew inspiration from both traditional brewing techniques and modern flavour profiles. Since then, the number of local breweries in Hong Kong has continued to grow, with new players entering the market each year. Some of the most notable include Hong Kong Beer Co., Yardley Brothers, Lion Rock Brewery and Gweilo Beer, which has become particularly well-known for its pale ales and IPAs.
One of the advantages of locally brewed beer in Hong Kong is that it often incorporates flavours and ingredients that are unique to the city and its surrounding region. For example, some breweries use Chinese herbs and spices to create distinctive and flavourful brews. Others draw inspiration from local cuisine, such as the popular Hong Kong-style milk tea, which has been incorporated into a number of different beer recipes. In addition to the local ingredients, many of the breweries in Hong Kong also prioritise sustainability and environmental responsibility. For example, some use solar power to run their operations, while others focus on reducing waste and minimising their carbon footprint.
Visitors to Hong Kong can sample locally brewed beer at a number of different bars and restaurants throughout the city. Some of the most popular destinations for locally brewed beer lovers include Yardleys Taproom on Peel Street, Carbon Brews and the globe in Central, Blue Supreme in Sheung wan, Grain and Alvy’s both located in Kennedy Town and not forgetting Tipsy Tap in TST. There are heaps of other places that offer local beers by the bottle as well like Craftissimo in Poho, HK Brewcraft in central and so many others, It’s just a google search away.
Overall, the rise of locally brewed beer in Hong Kong is a testament to the city's growing enthusiasm for craft beer and its willingness to embrace new and innovative brewing techniques. Whether you're a longtime beer aficionado or simply looking to try something new, Hong Kong's craft beer scene is definitely worth exploring. So let’s bring on the summer, step out and grab a nice cold one to cool our summer thirst.
Members of the Localhood website volunteer team Arnaud, Winnie and Saravanan had the chance to visit Alvy’s to try out to some the locally brewed beers.
The beer menu from Alvy’s. It is extensive and they are happy to let you taste test the beer that you are interested in!
Be local, buy local!! Test out our recommendations above and make it a celebration with family and friends 😃🍻😃🍻..