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.
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.
We sat down with Michele and Laszlo Raphaël in their brand-new Kwun Tong brewery to talk craft, culture and their newest chapter.