Asia’s Best Brews
At long last, Asia’s craft beers are coming into their own. Here, four must-tries, by BEN KEENE
Published on Oct 18, 2011Page : 1 2 3 4
THE BREW The citrusy character and smoky, bacon-like aroma make flavorful amber ale Archipelago Hickory Smoked IPA a rare beer in Asia.
THE PLACE Archipelago Brewery, Singapore’s first commercial brewery, supplies the bright and busy Boulevard Craftbeer (9 Raffles Blvd. #01 -23, Millenia Walk; +65 6883 2033; boulevardcraftbeer.com; beer for two S$28) with the five beers on tap.
+ NHA TRANG
THE BREW Passion Beer, a tropical twist on Belgian-style witbier that includes a splash of passion-fruit extract.
THE PLACE Brewmaster Sean Symons’ inviting, beachside Louisiane Brewhouse (Lot 29, Tran Phu; +84 58 352 1948; louisianebrewhouse.com.vn; beer for two VND160,000), which serves beers made using Australian malts, New Zealand hops and purified local water.
THE BREW Felix Hagad’s cloudy, slightly sweet Bogsbrew Primo, brewed in Bacolod with local muscovado sugar and wild bee honey.
THE PLACE The homey Bob’s Restaurant (OPL Bldg., ground level, De la Rosa St., Legaspi Village, Makati; +63 2 310 2627; beer for two P120), serves up sizzling pork sisig—a Filipino specialty perfect paired with the Primo.
+ PHNOM PENH
THE BREW Kingdom Draught, a smooth, delicate, exceedingly drinkable lager released in August 2010.
THE PLACE The second-floor taproom of Kingdom Breweries (1748 National Rd. 5; +855 23 430 1802 kingdombreweries.com; beer for two US$4), with sweeping views of the Tonle Sap River.