Beer is an all-year-round drink. Some beers work whatever the weather. Some people have their favourites, they drink no matter what the season. Sometimes, however, you want a beer which hits the spot perfectly when temperatures are low and nights are long.
Winter is the time to make the most of darker beers, higher alcohol beers, seasonal and special beers, and some sessional Pale Ales and IPAs. That may sound like a lot, but it’s a long, cold, dark journey to spring so you’ll need plenty to keep you going. With that in mind, here are 24 craft beers to try this winter in Hong Kong.
Most beers are made with roasted barley, roasted wheat or roasted oats. The key word in that sentence is “roasted”. Longer roasting times make for darker grains and darker grains make for darker beers.
Darker beers tend to have a higher alcohol content than lighter beers. They also tend to have a rich, deep, complex flavour. This means that they often overpower the light dishes people generally eat in warm weather. They are, however, perfect with hearty winter meals.
1. Deadman Crazy Rabbits Stout – Recently won Gold at the Asian Beer Championships 2020 – Stout Category (From Hong Kong)
This stout brewed in Hong Kong by Deadman tastes a lot more like a regular coffee than a regular beer. In fact, it tastes like a top-quality coffee with strong notes of dark chocolate and caramel. There is, however, a strong, hoppy kick to it. Recently one gold at the Asian Beer Championships, a tasty drop worthy for your fridge space.
2. Yoho Tokyo Black – Just won Gold as the Asian Brewers Championship 2020 – Porter Category ( From Japan)
Tokyo Black is a genuine Porter brewed by Yoho Brewery in Japan with an extremely rich taste and creamy top. The smoky flavor that comes from roasted malt combines nicely with the pleasant bitterness of hops. Recently won gold for the Porter category at the Asian Brewerys Championship 2020.
3. Moonzen King Yama Sichuan Porter (From Hong Kong)
This Porter brewed by Moonzen in Hong Kong is named after the king of the underworld. The demonic porter is filled with Sichuan peppercorns to set your taste buds on fire, but there’s also plenty of smoked caramel malts to soothe your spirits.
4. Hitachino Extra High XH Porter (From Japan)
Brewed in Japan, but in the style of a Belgian golden ale, this porter is slightly more sweet than bitter. The flavour does have plenty of malt, but this is balanced with the sweetness of wood, caramel and fruit and topped with spices
5. Siren Craft Broken Dream Stout (From United Kingdom)
This siren sings a song of coffee, laced with chocolate and fireside smoke and warmed with a drop of milk. There’s also more than a hint of oats. Brewed by Siren Craft Brew in the UK, you’ll be only too happy to break your dream for a glass of this beauty.
6. Fullers Imperial Stout ( From UK)
Brewed in UK with a traditional style that became a favourite royal court, this limited edition Imperial Stout by Fullers has been specially created as a single brew. In a unique addition to the historic recipe, the floral character of the Centennial hops is enhanced by the inclusion of rosebuds, lending a hint of Turkish delight flavour to the beer. This Imperial Stout has a rich, dark appearance with strong chocolate and deep cherry notes which lead to a lighter, bitter finish.
High ABV Beers
For practical purposes, high ABV beers are beers which have a minimum of 4% alcohol. As a rule of thumb, the more alcohol a beer contains, the more intense its flavour is. This means that High ABV beers tend to feel “big and bold” in the mouth as well as having a rich and complex flavour.
High ABV beers can be rather too much in summer. They can easily overpower light foods. In fact, when temperatures are high, they can easily overpower people. As temperatures drop, however, they become a lot more manageable so winter is the perfect time to enjoy them.
7. Young Master Imperial IPA ( From Hong Kong)
The bold 1842 Island coaxes out and showcases every nuance of its outsized malt and hop
bill. It’s the flagship local IPA by Young Master that has a potent hop character, balanced with a robust malt backbone.
8. Yardley Brothers Hong Kong Bastard ( From Hong Kong)
Complex, multi-faceted taste. Oily, think mouthfeel. Sweet, fresh honey start, followed by licorice and blackcurrent, substantial bitterness.The flagship IPA from Yardley Brothers brewery based in Lamma Island that’s enjoyed by many in Hong Kong.
9. Brewdog Elvis Juice ( From Scottland)
An American IPA with a bitter edge that will push your citrus tolerance to the brink and back; Elvis Juice is loaded with tart pithy grapefruit peel. This unique IPA was created by Brewdog in Scotland and has a caramel malt base, supporting a full frontal citrus overload – grapefruit peel piled on top of intense us aroma hops. Waves of crashing pine, orange, and grapefruit round out this citrus-infused IPA.
10. Carbon Brews Little Rich Lupulins V7 ( From Hong Kong)
Little Rich Lupulins is part of a New England style IPA created by Carbon brews in Hong Kong. V7 is a limited batch seasonal beer with Lime, Papaya and tropical fruits on the nose follow through to juicy fruit and a medium to full-bodied mouthfeel. Golden yellow hue in appearance. Slightly less decadent than its bigger brother Crazy Rich Lupulins.
11. Yeastie Boys Gunnamatta Earl Grey IPA ( From New Zealand)
A modern cult classic inspired by the Pale Ales that travelled from England to the East Indies and, perhaps more importantly, all that precious tea that returned on those same ships. Yeastie Boys’ Gunnamatta is an IPA created in New Zealand that utilises judicious amounts of Earl Grey Blue Flower tea to generate an intoxicating floral and citrus aroma with the quenching dry finish of an ice tea. A truly unique new world India Pale Ale with a decidedly old-world twist.
12. Stone Tangerine Express IPA (From United States)
This ain’t no just-add-juice approach. This one is for adults. This Stone IPA from the US uses bountiful whole tangerine purée, which brings pithy, crisp bitterness to the citrus flavor. In addition to the complexities of the tangerine, they employ just a hint of whole pineapple for a backnote (you’d likely not even pick it out of the mix if we didn’t tell you it was there). It a big, bold, and tasty IPA.
Sour beers are fermented using bacteria and wild yeast. This creates an acidity which can be anything from slightly tart to seriously sour. They also tend to have quite earthy undertones. The refreshing nature of sours makes them great at any time of year. In summer they counterbalance the heat. In winter, they cut through rich food and sweet treats!
13. Gweilo Rainbow Sherbet Sour ( From Hong Kong)
Rainbow Sherbet is a limited batch Sour created by Gweilo brewery in Hong Kong. It takes you on an intriguing journey through sweet and sour. Raspberry puree, lemon zest and the kettle sour base combine to deliver a sharp tang which is nicely balanced by a sweet, satisfying body. Best enjoyed with fruity, sour lace sweets from your childhood!
14. Carbon Brews Sour Punch ( From Hong Kong)
A fruit punch Berliner Weisse created by Carbon brews from Hong Kong. It is dominated by raspberry and guava on the nose, with hints of fruit punch-like characters coming through from tropical fruits like passionfruit, pineapple, mango, and cranberry. On the palate, the tartness from kettle souring lifts up the tropical fruit notes and follows through with a dry and thirst-quenching finish. Hazy pink color from the wheat in the grain bill and generous fruit additions.
Sessionable Pale Ales and IPAs
Pale ales in general and IPAs in particular have traditionally been all about the hops. That was what allowed them to make the long trip from England to India in the days before pasteurization.
British-style IPAs are very much still made in this way. Now, however, there are New England IPAs which are all about the fruit. There are also West Coast IPAs which sit roughly halfway between the other two.
Sessionable Pale Ales and IPAs can be enjoyed at any time of year. Winter, however, is often a time when people just want to relax, indoors with a quiet, no-fuss beer. That’s exactly what sessionable pale ales and IPAs are all about.
15. Siren Yulu Pale Ale (From Hong Kong)
Yu Lu is an intricate Pale Ale created by Siren brews in the UK with layers of flavour that remain distinctive, yet work in perfect harmony. Her name alludes to the mystical history of the humble tea leaf, which delivers subtle bergamot orange and lemon notes here, accentuated by the addition of lemon zest. Her delicate hop high notes will leave your taste buds sparkling.
16. Fourpure Session IPA ( From UK)
A vibrant, tropical IPA created by Fourpure in the UK. It’s made with Mosaic, Simcoe, Cascade and Centennial hops, creating a gentle bitterness throughout the palate.
17. Gweilo Session IPA ( From Hong Kong )
This Session IPA created by Gweilo in Hong Kong is perfect to enjoy at any time of the year Hong Kong. It is intensely dry-hopped with Mosaic, creating a bold nose of melon, citrus, and pine. This is nicely balanced by a malty backbone, delivering an IPA punching well above its weight.
17. Carbon Session Hazy IPA (From Hong Kong)
This Hazy IPA from Carbon brews in Hong Kong has got plenty of backbone to carry this classic mix of American hops. Aromas of lemon, grapefruit and orange which follow through on the palate with citrus dominating and a little pine in the background.
Craft lagers are light, crisp, mellow and smooth. They may be a bit more complex than regular lagers, but they’re still easy to drink and lack the bitterness of hoppier options. Like the sessionable pale ales and IPAs, they’re a drink you can pick up any time you just want to relax with a good brew.
19. Stone and Wood Green Coast Lager ( From Austrailia )
Influenced by the surrounding green hills that roll down to meet the Pacific Ocean in Byron Bay Austrlia, Green Coast is brewed with a blend of the finest malts and noble hops. We leave it unfiltered to create a beer that has a light golden colour with a natural yeast cloud, and a flavour that strikes a balance between its subtle spicy hop aroma and soft malt profile, finishing crisp and clean.
20. Hong Kong Yau Lager ( From Hong Kong)
A vibrant cold-fermented modern lager brewed in Hong Kong based on classical German roots, but updated with brighter citrus-like hop aromatics. Snappy, lively, and always a favourite at the pubs.
21. Carbon Brews Earth People (From Hong Kong)
This Post Prohibition lager is created in Hong Kong by Carbon brews and has a clean and crisp but more in the grain bill than most. This is balanced with dry hops to give much more flavor than your mainstream lagers.
Alcohol Free Beers
Winter may be the best time to enjoy high-alcohol beers. Sometimes, however, you need to keep a totally clear head. You don’t have to give up on beer. You just need to make sure you choose a good alcohol-free beer.
22. Brewdog Nanny State ( From Scottland)
BrewDog’s Nanny State beer is 0.5% ABV and focuses on being a great drink as opposed to a great publicity ploy. This beer is now focussed on getting all that is good about BrewDog into a practically alcohol-free format. It is a West Coast-inspired pale ale with a difference!
23. Big Drop Pale Ale ( From UK)
This alcohol-free Pale Ale is created by Big Drop from the UK, it’s a delight for the senses that delivers on all levels. Rosy floral aromas are immediate as you pour, with a light and limey citrus bite on the palate and a balanced but obvious bitterness to finish. Ingredients – Water, barley, wheat, lactose (milk), hops, yeast. HOPS Magnum, Mosaic & Amarillo. Gluten Value Less than 10PPM
24. Vander Streek IPA ( From Netherland )
Finally a low-alcohol beer with taste! This IPA from the Netherlands is brewed with 5 types of American hops, but contains almost no alcohol at 0.05% ABV. This allows you to smell and taste the flavors of citrus fruits, tropical fruit and pleasant bitterness, but you can still safely get into the car after drinking. Or do a tightrope walk competition. This award-winning IPA is widely regarded as one of the best no alcoholic beers around today.
25. Double Haven The End is Rye Red Ale ( From Hong Kong)
The beer has been created in collaboration with Double Haven and Black Kite, popular local Hong Kong breweries.
👉 Appearance: Hazy brown-red, fizzy on the pour with a cream colour, creamy, persistent head, and some very nice laces.
👉 Aroma: Floral hops, fruity esters, caramelly notes.
👉 Taste: Very malty, toast, caramel, with floral, earthy, and fruity esters. Dry finish with toasty aftertaste.
👉 Mouthfeel: Light-medium body, good carbonation, smooth.
If you want a simple and affordable way to try out a wide selection of beers, then we’d suggest you pick up one (or more) or our mixed cases. We have recently released a Winter Mixed Case that includes many of the above beers for you to enjoy and warm you up at the comforts of your own home, ready for delivery. Check it out here.
Try our Winter Beers Mixed Case below:
Winter Beers Mixed Case
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DescriptionIt includes some award-winning dark beers, some higher alcohol hoppier beers to try, some session-able lower alcohol ones, and a few lagers to make a nicely balanced mixed case. What’s in the case? A total of 24 beers, including Stouts, Porters, Pale Ales, IPAs, Lagers, and a Pacific Ale from the finest breweries across the globe. The beers are all at least 330ml in volume and come in cans or bottles. The case is delivered in a recyclable cardboard box to your doors in Hong Kong. The beers may vary from those shown in the mixed case product image due to availability. We will exchange any beers with similar value and excellent taste based on the availability and ranges of hoppy beers available with our suppliers. Here are the types of beers you can expect or something similar:
- Moonzen King Yama Sichuan Porter (8.00% ABV) – From Hong Kong
- Hitachino Extra High XH (8.00% ABV) – From Japan
- Deadman Crazy Rabbits Stout (5.20% ABV) – From Hong Kong
- Siren Craft Broken Dream Stout (6.00% BV) – From UK
- Yoho Tokyo Black (5.00% ABV) – From Japan
- Yeastie Boys Pot Kettle Black (6.00% ABV) – From New Zealand
- Young Master Imperial IPA (8.00% ABV) – From Hong Kong
- Yardley Brothers Hong Kong Bastard (7.60% ABV) – From Hong Kong
- Brewdog Elvis Juice (6.50% ABV) – From Scottland
- Carbon Brews Little Rich Lulipins V7 (6.50% ABV) – From Hong Kong
- Yeastie Boys Gunnamatta Earl Grey IPA (6.50% ABV) – From New Zealand
- Stone Tangerinee Express IPA (6.70% ABV) – From USA
- Behemoth ‘Something Hoppy’ – IPA (5.90% ABV) – From New Zealand
- Gweilo Rainbow Sherbet Sour (7.20% ABV) – From Hong Kong
- Carbon Brews Sour Punch (4.50%ABV) – From Hong Kong
- Siren Yulu Pale Ale (3.90% ABV) – From UK
- Fourpure Session IPA (4.70% ABV) – From UK
- Gweilo Session IPA (4.80% ABV) – From Hong Kong
- Double Haven The End is Rye “ In collaboration with Black Kite” (5.40% ABV) – From Hong Kong
- Brewdog Dead Pony Club (3.80% ABV) – From Scottland
- Little Creatures Dog Days (4.40% ABV) – From Australia
- Carbon Brews Earth People Lager (4.30% ABV) – From Hong Kong
- Hong Kong Yau Lager (Bottle) (5.50% ABV) – From Hong Kong
- Stone and Wood Pacific Ale (4.40% ABV) – From Australia
Pale Ales & IPAs
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