Saint Patrick’s Day is a day where we celebrate beer no matter what anyone says otherwise. However, why drown yourself in the horrible commercial beers such as Tiger or Carlsberg, when you can try a wide variety of homebrew craft beers that will tingle the curious alcoholic in you.
Have you ever heard of craft beers before? Well, if you haven’t, let us take you on a short tour on what’s what with craft beer.Beer is an important way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. Everyone knows this annual celebration is conducted with the highest levels of wanton partying. However, as years pass, instead of consuming commercialised beers, craft beers are rising up to be the trend nowadays. A microbrewery or craft brewery is a brewery that produces small amounts of beer, typically much smaller than large-scale corporate breweries, and is independently owned.
If you are bored with the drinking the usual beers, why not try this whole new world of high-quality beers? Craft beers have excelled over time with people and slowly it’s getting the word out there. In commemoration of the festivity St.Patrick’s Day, let’s have a look at some of the craft beers.
Hong Kong craft beers
1. Mak’s Salt Farm, RM 27.50
This is a Belgian Ale which colour ranges from golden to deep amber, with the occasional example coming in darker. Every wort is brewed by whole grain which smells very fruity while tastes delicately of malt and tangerine. It will gradually improve the flavour.
2. Longan Pale Ale, RM 27.50
Previously a seasonal Yim Tin Beer with a sound sales record, it is now officially a full member of Mak’s Beer. Using top-graded dried Longan, quality wolfberries and preserved fruits, this original pale ale delivers a complexed and well-balanced taste with very distinct character.
3.Mint Beer, RM 27.50
One of my personal favourite, Mak’s Beer seasonal limited in pale ale style. Based on malt beer, the brewer cleverly added dried mint leaves and wild winter honey, giving the beer a fresh and unusual sweet taste. It’s really refreshing in cold ice, definitely worth trying!
4. Sugarcane Stout, RM 27.50
Combining various roasted malted barley to give a well-balanced body without losing the smoothness and texture of the stout. This pitch-dark stout is surely one of the finest Mak’s Beer with its unique aroma and roasted flavour.
These craft beers can be purchased in Herbs N Food Taipan, Subang Jaya.
Western/Asia Craft Beers
1. Hitachino Nest Beer, Japan, RM 31
This Amber Ale is a reddish brown beer brewed with a rich malt and bitter hops. You can smell the sweet aroma before you consume it and experience the well-balanced flavour to this beer.
2. Yo-Ho’s Yona Yona Ale, Japan, RM 32
Comes with only in can form and a pale ale style. The name “Yona Yona which means Night after night in Japanese. It is low in malt, medium hoppiness and has a fruity aroma that is for sure to entice your taste buds.
3. Rogue’s Dead Guy Ale, United States, RM31
An ale inspired by the style of a German Maibock – a strong ale 0 brewed using Pacman east
. This craft beer is a deep honey in colour with a malty aroma at the start, rich hearty flavour and a well-balanced finish. This beer is especially dedicated to the Day of the Dead festival. Contains 6.8% of alcohol.
4. Brewdog’s Elvis Juice, Scotland, RM 30
Hound dogs, get your Pale Ale fix! This has a bitter edge that will push your citrus tolerance to the brink and back. Elvis Juice is loaded with tart pithy grapefruit peel. This IPA has a caramel malt base, supporting a full frontal citrus.
5. Rocky Road Ice Cream, England, RM 62
This is a collaboration between Omnipollo (Sweden) and Buxton (England) which is a seasonal drink. This is a marshmallow porter brewed with cocoa nibs and lactose sugar. You can taste chocolatey parts and sweet roast aroma from smelling. This craft beer is not for the faint-hearted as it has an alcohol concentration of 10%.
Get your fix of more variety of craft beers in Taps Beer Bar in Plaza Arkadia or in Changkat
Taps Beer Bar started by five cousins that certainly knew the tricks and the trades in bringing and introducing to Malaysian to a new type of beer after taking a few sample of craft beers in Melbourne. Inspired, they began building a bar like concept from scratch. From then on, Taps Beer Bar has achieved numerous prestigious awards including Best Beer Bar category in The Bar Awards. This place screams chilled out vibes, as well as presented with local and fusion food to tantalize your taste buds after consuming a craft beer. Be sure to not miss the wonderful talented live music performance from Thursday to Saturday.
For more information, please visit Taps Beer Bar facebook page.