Golden Ale, Black Kite Brewery
Black Kite Brewery was founded by a pair of Hong Kong-born brothers, David and Daniel Gallie. They named their Aberdeen-based brewery after the Milvus migrans, a hawk-like bird that can often be seen gliding across the skies of Hong Kong. This stellar golden ale is crisp, malty and hoppy, with a grassy, fruity aroma.
Big Wave Bay, Hong Kong Beer Co.
Established in 1995 as the South China Brewing Company, Hong Kong Beer Co. has been around since way before craft beer started trending. This thoroughly enjoyable take on the IPA is hoppy and earthy, with a bracingly bitter finish and an aroma of pine and citrus.
Rye On Wood, Young Master Ales
This quirky microbrewery is known for its playful persona, retro aesthetic and top-notch brews. The Rye On Wood is a malty, adventurous ale with a smooth mouthfeel and just a hint of spice, imparted from the rye grain.
Pale Ale, Nine Dragons Brewery
Nine Dragons is a Hong Kong-based startup founded in 2013. The beer itself is brewed in small batches in Germany, but that doesn’t stop each sip of this ruby-colored pale ale from being fresh, crisp and citrusy. Notes of toffee and caramel are complemented by a light body and dry finish.
Mak’s Mint Beer, Mak’s Brewery
Mak’s Brewery was founded in 2014 by three millennials determined to make their mark on Hong Kong’s craft beer scene. The seasonal Mint Beer is brewed with dried mint leaves and winter honey, which imparts a sweet and refreshingly minty taste to this hoppy, light-bodied ale.
Gweilo IPA, Gweilo Beer
Gweilo Beer was founded by two British expats (the name “Gweilo,” a Cantonese slang term for Caucasians, is self-referential). The brewery is best known for its award-winning IPA, a zesty, tropical-tasting number which took first place at the Hong Kong International Beer Awards in 2015.
Kowloon Bay Nut Brown Ale, Kowloon Bay Brewery
Kowloon Bay Brewery was conceived by two beer aficionados, Mike Bardill and Ging Van, back in 2014, when they realized that there was a marked lack of craft beers in Asia Pacific outside of Australia and Japan. This malty brown ale tastes of toffee, caramel and hazelnut, making for a supremely drinkable year-round beer.
Icy Lotus IPA, Lion Rock Brewery
Lion Rock is without a doubt one of Hong Kong’s strongest new breweries. One of their best offerings is the Icy Lotus IPA, a refreshing and aromatic mosaic of blueberry, lychee, passion fruit and orange peel.