2017 was a great year for beer with even more local breweries (we’re pushing 35 now!) and new faces in the industry. As with every January, we’d like to give our massive thanks and a bittersweet farewell to the 3-man strong board that spearheaded a few notable projects during their term.
Deck the halls with ales and lagers! Here by popular demand, we’ve compiled a list of hoppy, malty gift ideas for your beer-loving friends.
Read the Craft & Crew (HK Yau) response to the Yardley Brothers opinion piece.
Yardley Brothers share their thoughts on corporate beer trying to horn in on the Hong Kong craft beer scene.
The trickle-down of long-term misogyny from big beer brands to the craft beer world remains unwantedly prevalent, and it continues to rear its ugly head from time to time. Overcoming this “bro” culture of beer is a long, involved process and thankfully, the vast majority of people in the industry are all about that.
Without a doubt, Ray Daniels is one of the leading lights of the beer world. From his influential 1996 homebrewing tome Designing Great Beers to his work with the Brewers Association, Ray has tirelessly preached the gospel of a proper brewery-to-glass experience – and the latest step on the journey is with his Cicerone Certification Program, one of the world’s most prominent beer industry certifications.
In 2010, Rich Higgins became just the third person to earn the prestigious Master Cicerone distinction. In Hong Kong for a series of masterclasses as part of Landmark Men’s Appreciate the Craft event, Rich sat down with Coaster to chat about his passion for educating people about beer.
From two men and a dog in 2007 to a globally renowned craft beer brand and an employer of 750 people today – not to mention its crowdfunding army of 50,000 “Equity Punks” – Scotland-based brewery BrewDog has always marched to the beat of its own drum.
Outspoken and a major figure of the craft beer movement, Greg Koch co-founded Stone Brewing in 1996 in San Marcos, California, just north of San Diego. Refusing to compromise on taste like so many others did, Stone pioneered the West Coast-style IPA and has consistently brewed in-your-face beers.
Thomas Lau is a hard man to track down. One week he’s in Scotland training with the BrewDog team, and the next he’s in Japan discussing the reception of Coedo Taproom in Hong Kong.