Winners – Hong Kong International Beer Awards 2017

Winners - Hong Kong International Beer Awards 2017
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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. All the entered beers were judged blindly in several categories by a group of beer experts.


(Lager) Ballast Point Longfin Lager

Brewery: Ballast Point Brewing Co (USA)
Distributor: Thirsty Brothers Ltd
ABV: 4.5%
A solidly balanced Helles that finishes clean with a hint of hops, fitting easily into any German beer garden. Great for enjoying on the beach, the boat or anywhere else you can put an ice chest full of beer.

(Pilsner) Founders PC Pils

Brewery: Founders Brewing Co (USA)
Distributor: AmeriCraft Imports
ABV: 5.5%
PC Pils is Founders’ take on the classic Pilsner style. While Noble hops have been the preferred choice of Pilsner brewers around the world, Founders went with some of its favorite American varieties: piney Chinook, citrusy Cascade and punchy Centennial.

(Amber/Dark Lager) Nine Dragons Fist of Fury

Brewery: Nine Dragons Brewery (Germany)
Distributor: Blossom Power Trading Co Ltd
ABV: 5.6%
Described as being as dark as the night and strong like a dragon, this black lager has full malt flavour with notes of biscuit and roasted malt, followed by hints of coffee and chocolate. The finish is balanced by spicy and floral aromas of German and Czech hops. Smooth, rich and very drinkable.

(Blonde/Golden) Ark Cosmic Dancer

Brewery: Ark Korea Craft Brewery (South Korea)
Distributor: Blossom Power Trading Co Ltd
ABV: 5.5%
Ark is one of the first bottled craft beers in South Korea, fusing traditional beer styles with Korean ingredients. Cosmic Dancer was brewed as a seasonal beer for hot summer nights. It’s an American-style Wheat Ale with a blend of fresh, fruity hops that give it tropical and citrusy notes. Its bright golden colour and refreshing dryness make for a delightful boost.

(Pale Ale) Hitachino Nest Dai Dai Ale

Brewery: Kiuchi Brewery (Japan/HK)
Distributor: Hitachino HK Trading Ltd
ABV: 6.2%
This ale is brewed with the Japanese wild-breed mandarin orange called fukure mikan. The refreshing flavour of the mikan complements the citrusy hops well, showing a great balance between hop bitterness and the umami flavour.

(Amber Ale) Hitachino Nest Amber Ale

Brewery: Kiuchi Brewery (Japan/HK)
Distributor: Hitachino HK Trading Ltd
ABV: 5.0%
A rich, exquisitely balanced amber ale with flavorful roasted malts and aromatic British hops. It’s an all-rounded beer that pairs well with spicy foods and hearty winter dishes.

(Brown Ale) Founders Sumatra Mountain Brown

Brewery: Founders Brewing Co (USA)
Distributor: AmeriCraft Imports
ABV: 9.0%
This bold Imperial Brown Ale gets its body from a team of malts including caramel malt for sweetness, flaked barley for dense foam, a bit of chocolate malt for the deep colour, and aromatic and Munich malts to add even more depth. German and Perle hops add a touch of bitterness to balance the malty sweetness – and the addition of rich Sumatra coffee takes it to a decadent level.

(British-Style Ale) Deschutes Mirror Pond Pale Ale

Brewery: Deschutes Brewery (USA)
Distributor: Hop Leaf Ltd.
ABV: 5.0%
Founded in 1988 as a public house, Deschutes built its reputation by emphasising balanced, easy-drinking beers. Mirror Pond highlights the brewery’s craftsmanship by balancing citrusy Cascade hops with bready Munich malts to produce a pale ale that’s equal parts malty and hoppy.

(British-Style Ale Over 6%) Heroes AP-09 One Star Scotch Ale

Brewery: Heroes Beer Co (HK)
Distributor: Heroes Beer Co
ABV: 6.8%
A straightforward, rich, smooth Scotch Ale with complex nutty, caramel, cookie dough, and toffee malt flavours. Brewed with loads of premium Maris Otter malt, East Kent Golding hops and Edinburgh Scottish Ale yeast, an extra-long boiling process gives this beer added colour, body and depth. Enjoy at 12-14 degrees Celsius to fully experience the richness, smoothness and complexity.

(Belgian Saison) Jolly Pumpkin Bam Biére

Brewery: Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales (USA)
Distributor: AmeriCraft Imports
ABV: 4.5%
Named after the brewery’s dog Bam, who was struck by a car but bounced back in tenacious Jack Russell fashion, this farmhouse ale is brewed for those who have been knocked down, picked themselves up, dusted off and carried on undaunted. Golden, naturally cloudy and dry-hopped for a perfectly refreshing balance of spicy malts, hops and yeast.

(Belgian Strong Dark) Kagua Rouge

Brewery: Nippon Craft Beer (Japan)
Distributor: Hop Leaf Ltd
ABV: 9.0%
Kagua Rouge was designed from day one as a five-star beer to be paired with food. Brewed in Belgium by master brewers using Japanese yuzu fruit and sansho pepper, Kagua Rouge straddles the line between beer and wine. It has a spicy, slightly peppery flavor that pairs with a multitude of foods, just as you would a red wine.

(IPA – British-Style) Little Creatures IPA

Brewery: Little Creatures Brewing (Australia)
Distributor: Thirsty Brothers Ltd
ABV: 6.4%
Little Creatures India Pale Ale delivers big, rugged hop flavours with the massive addition of 25kg of hops in the hop back! With aromas of passionfruit, grapefruit and a touch of aniseed spice, and light bronze in colour, it’s coarsely filtered to present a clear beer without stripping out all the amazing flavours. A smooth, round palate that’s soft in the middle and delivers a long, bitter finish that leaves you wanting a little more.

(IPA – American-Style) Pirate Life Mosaic IPA

Brewery: Pirate Life Brewing (Australia)
Distributor: Amber Rebellion
ABV: 7.2%
To celebrate the second birthday of Pirate Life earlier this year, the brewery decided to create a homage to the most delicious of hops. Mosaic does the talking and the resulting beer is as the name implies: a kaleidoscopic journey through tropical flavours. Backed by a clean, light malt bill, it’s the beer equivalent of a fruit-punch juice box.

(IPA – Imperial) Mikkeller Nuclear Hop Assault

Brewery: Mikkeller (Denmark)
Distributor: Hop Leaf Ltd
ABV: 8.0%
At 8% ABV, this is a big, bold beer. Named for the thrash metal band Nuclear Assault, the brew delivers a powerful amount of pineapple, grapefruit and tropical fruit flavours, rounded out by sweet caramel notes. It’s perfect for hop heads and anyone who likes their craft beer aggressive.

(IPA – Session) Yardley Brothers Machine Men

Brewery: Yardley Brothers (HK)
Distributor: Yardley Brothers
ABV: 5.0%
Cryo Hops, made using a proprietary cryogenic separation process that preserves a super-fresh hop character, give this brew an intensely fresh hop hit. Mosaic and Hallertau Blanc hops add notes of white wine, mangoes and passionfruit. Machine Men features low bitterness, while an incredible aroma and flavour come from the ultra-high hop oil content.

(Wheat – Hefe) Tuatara Weiz Guy

Brewery: Tuatara Brewery (NZ)
Distributor: Hop Leaf Ltd
ABV: 5.0%
New Zealanders like to eat bread by the truckload, so it’s no surprise they used some wheat to make a mighty good beer. It gives it a sweet, cloudy base, while the yeast produces a unique flavor of ripe bananas, vanilla and clove.

(Wheat – Wit) Het Nest Poker Face

Brewery: Brouwerij Het Nest (Belgium)
Distributor: Bel-Boy Express Ltd
ABV: 5.5%
Brewed according to Belgian traditions, this wheat beer gives a pleasantly fresh aroma, clouded with a laced head, and subtle notes of coriander and Curaçao. It’s all balanced out with Noble American hops to bring a subtle bitterness.

(Porter) Moonzen Kitchen God Honey Porter

Brewery: Moonzen Brewery (HK)
Distributor: Moonzen Brewery Co Ltd
ABV: 6.0%
Protector of the hearth and family, the Kitchen God reports household activities directly to the Jade Emperor. Moonzen has enriched this espresso porter with honey to sweeten his words – or keep his lips sealed.

(Stout) Hitachino Nest Espresso Stout

Brewery: Kiuchi Brewery (Japan/HK)
Distributor: Hitachino HK Trading Ltd.
ABV: 7.0%
A Russian Imperial Stout brewed with well-roasted espresso beans, this richly dark brew delivers the ideal balance of rich malts and coffee flavours.

(Stout – Imperial) Founders KBS

Brewery: Founders Brewing Company (USA)
Distributor: AmeriCraft Imports
ABV: 11.8%
Also known as Kentucky Breakfast Stout, this Imperial Stout is brewed with a massive amount of coffee and chocolate, then cave-aged in oak bourbon barrels for an entire year to make sure those wonderful bourbon undertones come through in the finish. KBS makes your taste buds squeal with delight.

(Specialty Beer) Stone Mocha IPA

Brewery: Stone Brewing Co (USA)
Distributor: Hop Leaf Ltd
ABV: 9.0%
Stone is widely credited with starting the West Coast IPA craze back in 1996, and the brewery continues to perfect its craft by pushing the boundaries of beer. For Mocha IPA, Stone starts with their iconic IPA as a base, then adds copious amounts of coffee and chocolate for a hybrid brew that combines the hoppiness of an IPA with the roasted and chocolate flavours of a mocha.

(Fruit Beer/Radler) Floris Framboise

Brewery: Brouwerij Huyghe (Belgium)
Distributor: Bel-Boy Express Ltd
ABV: 3.7%
This deep-red, cloudy, refined raspberry ale is based on the brewery’s original wheat beer (Floris White). Coriander and citrus notes give a nice equilibrium in the aroma, while on the palate, there’s a sweet-sour balance with long-lasting raspberry flavours in the aftertaste.

(Sour Beer) Yardley Brothers/Little Creatures HK Framboise

Brewery: Yardley Brothers & Little Creatures (both HK)
Distributor: Yardley Brothers
ABV: 4.5%
Coming together in collaboration, Yardley Brothers and Little Creatures created a beer without limits. Using a self-cultured lactobacillus bacteria to add a crisp and refreshing sourness, saccharomyces yeast to ferment the balanced malt profile, and tons of fresh raspberries, you’ve got a perfectly refreshing summer beer.

(Smoked Beer) Yeastie Boys Rex Attitude

Brewery: Yeastie Boys (NZ)
Distributor: The Tramline Liquor Co
ABV: 7.0%
The world’s first heavily peated single-malt ale, this deceptively innocuous and game-changing beer is possibly the smokiest in the world – and certainly one of the most polarising. Very subtle and beguilingly drinkable for those who get past the initial shock factor. Gold but bold, with notes of leather, tweed, kippers, whisky and cigars.

(Ginger Beer) Brookvale Union Ginger Beer

Brewery: 4 Pines Brewing Co/Brookvale Union (Australia)
Distributor: Hitachino HK Trading Co
ABV: 4.0%
With a cloudy appearance and a light-medium straw colour, the bouquet explodes with fresh ginger root aroma. The taste is exhilaratingly gingery and quite sweet, but its spiciness cleans the finish.

(Cider – Apple) Dunkertons Organic Black Fox Cider

Brewery: Dunkertons Cider (England)
Distributor: Authentic Cider
ABV: 7.0%
Since ancient times, rural communities have told stories of fantastic creatures living in their locales. In the lush rolling countryside of Herefordshire, stories tell of an animal that has evaded capture by farmer and huntsman alike: the black fox. This light golden cider has fragrant notes of traditional cider apple varieties, carefully blended for a deliciously robust cider that leaves your mouth full of lively sweet and tangy aftertastes.

(Cider – Pear) Dunkertons Organic Perry

Brewery: Dunkertons Cider (England)
Distributor: Authentic Cider
ABV: 7.5%
A delicious sparkling perry made from organically grown traditional varieties of Perry pears. Though relatively uncommon, Perry trees are easily identified in Herefordshire’s orchard landscape by their great height and cascading white blossoms; some are more than 300 years old. This perry pours golden and slightly hazy, with gentle bubbles. Boasting an overripe pear fragrance, the taste is creamy, with a good balance between the initial sweetness and the dryness of the finish.


Finals – Best in Show:

A big congratulations to all the winners. Cheers!

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