Born out of a former crocodile farm in Fremantle, Australia, Little Creatures is a craft microbrewery that’s been churning out some incredible hoppy beers over the past 16 years. But its first foray into Hong Kong has been attracting some serious hype of late, particularly as there’s now a new K-Town bar to hit up. And hit it up we do, on a busy Sunday afternoon. The new space may seem unassuming at first, with a relatively small façade, but, on journeying inside, we take in the actual vastness of the bar. The high ceilings make it seem massive. Plus, the industrial fittings and working microbrewery that’s visable set it apart from most of the dime-a-dozen craft beer joints in our city.
There’s an impressive food menu, although, by the time we arrive, our fellow patrons have eaten the place clean. It doesn’t matter, as we’re here for the beer. And it doesn’t disappoint. The house brew changes regularly but we opt for the ‘tasting paddle’ ($100) – six sample sips of the brewery’s top creations, like the full-bodied signature Pale Ale, the fruity Bright Ale and the smooth ‘n’ silky Rogers’ Beer. With our sampler, we’re told the alcohol percentage, bitterness and carbonation levels of each tipple. We’re also given a suggested drinking order to get the best out of the brews. The Bright Ale and the signature IPA are our clear favourites – crisp, clean flavours to delight even the snobbiest of connoisseurs. The only beer we won’t be back for is the White Ale. Marketed as a brew for non-beer drinkers, we should know better. It’s way too sweet and although it’s described as floral, it’s a little too soapy for our palates.
Little Creatures is big in heart as well as in space. The staff are friendly, the atmosphere is comfortable and there’s a feeling you’re quaffing in Hong Kong’s hippest new bar. We plan to return on a separate Sunday afternoon to try the food – although we’ve learned our lesson now. We’re gonna book ahead.
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Shop 1, New Fortune House
5A New Praya, Kennedy Town