Hong Kong is a place where you can try tons of beers – from everywhere around the world. When I first came here I could not believe the amount and range of German beers sold in Hong Kong supermarkets, and then I discovered that there are many more Japanese, Korean, Thai, American beers that I never heard of before. And that’s just the tip of the ice berg.
One example is Craft Brew & Co in Central and Sai Ying Pun. A few weeks ago we visited the Sai Ying Pun branch on a Sunday evening, and while it was busy it was not too packed. We easily scored a table and ordered beers and food. Food is mainly sausages and burgers. We tried the sausage platter – but let’s just recommend that you focus on the beer. The food is nothing special (in fact I found it to be bland, greasy and too expensive).
There are several beers on tap, including the Worthy Pale Ale, Vedett White and 10 Barrel Apocalypse IPA – but I oped to try some bottled beers from around the world. Angry Man (USA) and Tuatara Bohemian Pilsner (Czech Republic) were some good choices. I also ordered a beer from the Kona brewery in Hawaii, which tasted as nice as I had it in my memory (but of course, the setting was different, there was no sandy beach in Hong Kong!).
Would I go back? Yes, to try some different craft beers. The prices are not cheap, but you get to try distinct beers that you might not be able to try elsewhere. Just skip the food. Unless you are starving. But the prices are steep for just some meat and fat… High Street prices, I guess!
Craft Brew & Co
17 Old Bailey Street, Central, Tel: 2885 0821
36 High Street, Sai Ying Pun, Tel: 2559 0498
Open: Noon to late every day