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Hong Kong's best summer beer events

Summer is here. Stay hydrated.

Written by
Craig Sauers

It's a big couple of months for beer drinkers. From now through July, Hong Kong is playing host to dozens of world-class craft brewers and serving some of their best beers at tap takeovers and festivals from Quarry Bay to Kennedy Town to Tsim Sha Tsui across the harbour. That starts with tap takeovers at Alvy's and Second Draft on May 23 and picks up steam with the Young Master Beer Invitational on May 25-26 and the Tong Chong Street Beer Festival the following week. Prepare your livers. There are some fantastic beer events coming down the pipeline.

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Hong Kong's best upcoming beer events

  • Restaurants
  • Pizza
  • Kennedy Town

On May 23, Alvy's puts some of New York's finest craft beer in the spotlight. Leading up to the Young Master Beer Festival, the Kennedy Town pizza parlour is hosting a tap takeover with New York-based breweries Finback and Fifth Hammer, inviting you to meet the brewers and drink some of their best beers, too. Speaking of the beers, all of them, from sour and hazy IPAs to dry-hopped saisons and stouts, will be flown in fresh, too.

  • Restaurants
  • Gastropubs
  • Tai Hang

On the other side of town on May 23, Second Draft is hosting Norwegian craft brewery Lervig. One of the most exciting craft breweries on Earth right now, Lervig is known for its ground-breaking ethos, as well as its incredible IPAs. Head brewer Mike Murphy will be in the house, serving seven of Lervig's beers fresh from the taps. And on May 28, Second Draft is bringing in emerging New Zealand craft brewery Garage Project. That once again means seven beers on draft (try the Pernicious Weed double IPA) and another special beer available in cans.

Pirate Life tap takeover
  • Bars and pubs
  • Pubs
  • Soho

Didn't score a ticket to the beer festival on May 25? No worries. British basement bar The Globe is hosting a tap takeover that same night with Australian craft brewery Pirate Life. Expect some rare styles on tap, including the brand's triple IPA and its acai and passionfruit sour ale.

Craft beer tasting at Grappa's Cellar
  • Restaurants
  • Central

On June 3, Grappa's Cellar is putting on a fun and educational tasting session featuring great Belgian-style beers. Those run the gamut from Lindeman's Kriek (a cherry-infused lambic) to the excellent Tank 7 Farmhouse Ale from American brewery Boulevard. Tickets are $188, which includes a bottle to take home and snacks.

Beer We Go at This Town Needs
  • Music
  • Yau Tong

Independent music meets independent beer on July 20-21, when This Town Needs plays host to the one-of-a-kind Beer We Go. Over 20 craft breweries from Hong Kong and around the world — from Cigar City, To Øl and FrauGruber to Heroes and Carbon Brews — will be pouring beers across four sessions while bands play live indie pop, hip-hop, shoegaze lo-fi and alternative tunes. 

Or go for cocktails instead

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