Hong Kong is home to some of the best craft beers in the region – here’s a guide to Hong Kong’s best beer breweries and bars that you’ll fall in love with!
One thing I’ve always enjoyed while visiting a city on holiday is explore its local craft beer scene. From Asia to Europe, the craft beer craze borne out of the US has well and truly been established around the world. Hong Kong has been no exception.
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While beer may not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think Hong Kong, it’s actually home to some of the best beers in the region, and arguably the world. So beer lovers planning a holiday to the city, rejoice! Here are some of the best local craft breweries you won’t want to miss when you’re in Hong Kong.
🍺 Craft Beer Breweries to Visit
1. Young Master
Their name pretty much sums up their influence on the Hong Kong craft beer scene. While only beginning operations in 2013, these guys are considered to be the brewery that kickstarted a craft beer boom in the city. Now well-known among beer enthusiasts across the region, Young Master brews can be found at many bars in the city that stock craft beer.
What to try: Classic Pale Ale, 1842 Island Imperial IPA
Where to find: 53 Wong Chuk Hang Road, Hong Kong
2. Moonzen Brewery
A brand inspired by Chinese folklore, and a brewery that’s influential across Hong Kong. Moonzen has made waves with its unconventional approach to beers – coming out with brews made with Sichuan peppercorns, Pu’er tea, and many other unique ingredients, resulting in beers that are unlike any you’ve tried before.
Visit their weekly brewery tours to see the methods behind their madness, as well as their own bar, Moonkok by Moonzen, to try out what they have to offer.
What to try: Thundergod (Pale Ale), Moon Goddess (Stout)
Where to find: Moonkok by Moonzen, 88 Shantung Street, Hong Kong
3. Yardley Brothers
Started as a personal hobby-project of two brothers, Yardley Brothers has grown to have a cult following, especially in Lamma Island where they first started brewing. Now boasting several international beer awards to their name, the brothers also run their own bar called The Beer Shack, right in Lamma Island, where they serve up their unique brews. Their brewery in Kwai Hing is also open for tours.
Look out for their novelty batches as well, and get a taste of their experimental brews when you pay a visit!
What to try: Lamma Island IPA, Quit Your Job! (Saison)
Where to find: 8 Wah Sing Street, Kwai Chung, New Territories, Hong Kong
4. Gweilo Beer
In 2017, the duo behind Gweilo opened a high-tech, US$5 million brewery in Fo Tan – the largest brewery in Hong Kong. It goes some way to describing the scale of growth the brewery has seen.
Known for its hoppy, refreshing pale ales, Gweilo sticks to doing what it does best – with just 6 core beers in its distribution list, along with the occasional limited releases.
What to try: Gweilo IPA, Gweilo Pale Ale
Where to find: Wah Wai Industrial Centre, Au Pui Wan Street, Unit 13, 17th Floor, Fo Tan, Hong Kong
5. Mak’s Beer
This brewery takes local brews to a whole new level. Making use of locally-sourced ingredients like Goji berries and dried longans, Mak’s resulting beers are extremely distinctive in both taste and aroma, while being distinctively Hong Kong.
Constantly innovating and pushing the boundaries of what “should” go into a beer (sugarcane stouts?), you can’t go wrong trying out Mak’s for a boozy taste of Hong Kong.
What to try: Longan Pale Ale, Lemongrass IPA
Where to find: 12C Jing Ho Ind. Bldg, 78-84 Wang Lung St, Tsuen Wan, NT, Hong Kong
🍻 Craft Beer Bars to Visit
While some of the breweries above are open to the public for brewery tours and tastings, most of them also distribute their creations to the numerous craft beer bars around the city. Here are some where you can find beers from the breweries listed above, as well as many others from Hong Kong and around the world.
6. Kowloon Taproom
Unpretentious, cosy, and just all about beer. Start your craft beer journey in Hong Kong here, with its wide selection of local brews.
Where to find: G/F, 17-19 Ashley Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong
7. Hoppy Junction
The indie choice. Beyond the more established breweries of the Hong Kong scene, you’ll also be able to find upstarts and promising newcomers to the industry.
Where to find: G/F, Man Hee Mansion 2-12A, Johnston Road, Wan Chai
While they have a few local favourites on tap, the real gold mine here is their selection of bottles and cans – served ice-cold, of course. You’ll find all sorts of beers in their fridge here so take your time to browse the shelves before making your picks!
Where to find: Shop D, Tai Ping Building, 22-24a Tai Ping Shan St, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong
9. 65 Peel
Aiming to showcase the best of Hong Kong, both with its huge selection of Hong Kong beers and Cantonese food menu. Beyond the nondescript shopfront, step inside to its striking minimalist interior and enjoy a cosy night out.
Where to find: G/F, 65 Peel St, Central, Hong Kong
10. The Globe
A mainstay in the Hong Kong beer scene, having been open for over 20 years. Find beers from all over the world here, considered to be one of the best selections to be found anywhere in the city. Despite its long standing history, the vibes remain homey and casual, and is a must-visit for any beer lover in the area.
Where to find: 45-53 Graham Street, Garley Building, Central, Hong Kong
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