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Hong Kong

After wandering around the epic city of Hong Kong from temples of religion to consumerism, for us it became time to focus on the craft.

Our first stop was TAP – The Ale Project  in Mongkok. If this was a taster of how advanced HK’s craft scene is, we couldn’t wait to get stuck in to everything else that was on offer.  Growler fills, local and international taps (including Siren, our local brewery back home) and a selection of accompanying beery food (including something delicious called Fancy Toast) we had a great time here.

The only downer came when the bill arrived and we were brought back down to Earth that drinking already expensive craft beer in one of the World’s most expensive cities was going to be a wallet emptier!

This is when things got a bit crazy on the craft beer scene in HK. After a quick pop into the Crafty Cow, we came across multiple craft beer bars en-route to Central station.

First stop was “The Bottle Shop”, on the edge of Soho. Not to be fooled by the name, this place had a great selection of bottles of craft beers, wines and spirits, as well as 18 taps.

In the interest of research, we ventured deeper in to the party district of Soho, passing “Beer & Fish” a funky looking place which had another great selection of beers & one of Mike’s favourites – Yellow Belly, a Buxton & Omnipollo collaboration brew . From the door however, we could see the price of said Yellow Belly, £16 for a pint (suck that complaining Londoners!), so we quickly wandered on.

We stumbled upon 65 Peel who’s focus was far more on local craft beers in comparison to most (woohoo!) We really liked this place, not least for the fact that they served our Hong Kong craft with some free salted delicious edamame beans. Love this.

With more places to hit, we moved on again and headed to the suspiciously similar to Craft Beer Co., “Craft Brew & Co.”

Hmmm!

At this point, all these craft places were beginning to blur (be it the sheer quantity of exposed, on trend industrial ceilings, the extensive beer lists or the vast number of beers we’d now quaffed) and we decided to call it a night, save our credit cards and get the last metro home.

It was pretty incredible to find 8 craft beer bars in less than probably half a mile of one another and as most were busy with thirsty punters. Fab.

For a very comprehensive list of the best craft breweries, beers & brewpubs in HK we suggest taking a look at “Beertopia Hong Kong”.

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