Hong Kong's best upcoming beer events
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.