Following the last eight successful years, the Hong Kong International Beer Awards continues to recognize the best beers available in Hong Kong’s restaurants and bars. This year, over 300 entries were collected from more than 40 distributors.
There’s no limit to the number of good beers, but the quality and consistency of brews, as well as the lack of beer experts, are still a concern.
Kicking off the Year of the Rooster, local brewery Moonzen unveiled its latest creation – Double Cockiness Imperial Stout – during the Lantern Festival.
With Hong Kong Beer Co, airline Cathay Pacific has released “Betsy”, dubbed the “world’s first beer brewed specially for 35,000 feet.”
During winter, I tend to favour rich English styles such as old ales or barleywines – rich malt complexity, fruity yeast bouquet, and an optional sherry or leathery edge.
A mooncake brew? In what’s certainly a world-first for pairings, Moonzen released its MoonRabbit Mooncake Stout for the Mid-Autumn Festival.
I tend to opt for beers I haven’t tried, but for a safe bet, I choose go-to classics or trusted brands with which I’ve had good experiences.
Congratulations to all the winners of this year’s Hong Kong International Beer Awards as presented at Restaurant & Bar Hong Kong. In case you missed it, here is the full list of those champion brews that took home the glory.
As everyone is different, I would recommend a style that best suits a person’s current palate. You’ll need to determine that by having a conversation with them, which is an opportunity to impart more beer knowledge.