Cans make a comeback in craft beers

Technology is helping craft beers come up with innovative packages, and Sly Fox Brewing has come up with a can with a peel-off top. Photo: AP

Nearly 80 years ago Richmond revolutionized the beer world. The southern city in 1935 blazed a trail by canning beer -- complete with how-to instructions -- was first sold.

Wednesday, 3 July, 2013, 11:55am

Thousands attend second Beertopia festival of craft beers

Lovers of the malted grain with a few of the more than 90 beers available at the event. Photo: Sam Tsang

American comedian Steven Wright once said "24 hours in a day, 24 beers in a case. Coincidence?" He's obviously never attended Hong Kong's biggest craft-beer festival.

14 Apr 2013 - 6:58am

Craft beers have much to prove at Beertopia festival

Beertopia founder Jonathan So (second from right) at a taste test. Photo: Edward Wong

"If you've only tasted mass market beer, I'm afraid you haven't actually tasted beer at all," says Garrett Oliver.

That's unlikely to be the view a number of large corporations in the United States and Europe want to hear, but it is one gaining currency internationally.

12 Apr 2013 - 10:04am

Hong Kong's first home-brewing contest held at The Globe in Central

Judges (from left) Clark Hopton, Jonathan So and Jeff Boda taste some of the home-brewed ales on offer at The Globe. Photo: Edward Wong

The event was open to anyone who had brewed beer here since November. Twenty contestants took part - 20 entered beers and one a cider - and samples of each brew were on hand for the public to judge and taste after the judges had made their final decision.

3 Mar 2013 - 5:14am

Greens burn up over 'dinosaur technology'

Indira Gandhi

The environmental group Clear The Air is maintaining the pressure on the government to abandon plans to build an incinerator on Shek Kwu Chau. The group's chairman, James Middleton, has sent a letter to the Legislative Council's environmental affairs panel urging it not to approve funding for what he terms "outdated dinosaur technology".

14 Feb 2013 - 4:53am 1 comment

Ask the Foodie: Jeff Boda

Head honcho: Jeff Boda is the CEO and "chief beer evangelist" at Hop Leaf. Photo: Edward Wong

Jeff Boda, born in Wisconsin in the United States, is a journalist based in Hong Kong and the founder, CEO and "chief beer evangelist" of the craft beer importer Hop Leaf.

31 Jan 2013 - 9:35am

An Oktoberfest survival guide

An Oktoberfest survival guide

The biggest German party of the year is only a few days away. Oktoberfest is celebrated - oddly, mostly in September - not only in Munich, where the festival was inaugurated just over 200 years ago, but in cities with expatriate German communities all over the world.

20 Sep 2012 - 12:37pm

Beer-brewing Dutch try their hand at making wine

Job and Neeltje Huisman drink a Nieuw Tivoli 2011, a white wine produced from the special grapes in their vineyards. Photo: AFP

Too cold, too wet and not enough sunlight: for centuries, the beer-brewing Netherlands has been snubbed as a good place to plant vineyards and make decent wines - until now.

3 Sep 2012 - 5:16am

Top of the hops

On the south side of the Mediterranean island of Crete, near a Greek Orthodox monastery, is a long, golden-white beach accessible only via a steep path down a 30-metre cliff. When I was there more than 25 years ago, it was popular with young Germans, one of whom, with admirable enterprise, had set up a shack on the beach that sold snacks and, more importantly, iced beers.

15 Aug 2012 - 11:14pm

Here's cheers: tap into the world of crafty brews

According to Jonathan So Shing-bong, the city has never had a genuine beer festival, featuring products from a wide range of different brewers, of the sort that European and American beer fans will be familiar with.

So the 29-year-old Toronto-born beer enthusiast, whose parents hail from Hong Kong, is organising the Beertopia beer festival.

19 Apr 2012 - 12:00am


Your liver might be crying murder after the weekend's revelry and beer guzzling at the Hong Kong Sevens.

Binge drinking certainly has negative effects on health, but recent research has shown that moderate and regular drinking of beer can actually match wine for its positive effects on cardiovascular health.

27 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

It's not just cars and beer - companies team up to share some German ingenuity

When it comes to cars and malt beer, Germany has some of the best to offer. So when German jeweller Wellendorff and watchmaker A. Lange & S?hne came to town, they were keen to promote some of the nation's other products.

21 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Kingway stock soars on rumours of asset sale

Shares in one of Guangdong's largest breweries, Kingway Brewery, jumped to a near five-year high yesterday as bidders lined up to buy its brewery operations and the Kingway brand.

The stock closed up 27 HK cents, or 10.11 per cent, yesterday at HK$2.94, gaining 17.6 per cent since the close of trade on Friday.

15 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Thirsty work: how trial and error delivered Grande results

El Grande Holdings owner James 'J.R.' Robertson was born and educated in the San Francisco area. After graduating from University of the Pacific - where he picked up a taste for beer - and a period of training for the US Army Reserves, he joined Bank of America in 1969. His finance career lasted 27 years and brought him to Hong Kong.

8 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Berliner German Bar and Restaurant

Berliner German Bar and Restaurant Shop G01B, D Deck, Discovery Bay. Tel 2987 8203

8 Dec 2011 - 12:00am