Beer Styles

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.

Wednesday, 15 August, 2012, 11:14pm

Beer necessities

With the possible exception of a tequila shot, nothing goes with a taco like a bottle of cold Mexican beer. Here's some of the best.

Carta Blanca: With a history dating to 1890, the Monterrey brewery Cuauhtemoc-Moctezuma makes all the beers on this list. Carta Blanca is the signature premium brew. It is a light, easy drinking beer.

26 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

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

Chinese food and beer - a hoppy marriage

One of the advantages beer has over wine when it comes to food matching is that its flavours frequently complement dishes in ways that wine cannot. The caramel, roasted flavours of darker ales and stouts, and darker lagers such as the American Samuel Adams, go particularly well with roasted and barbequed meats.

19 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Inn Side Out

Sunning Plaza, 10 Hysan Avenue, Causeway Bay. Tel: 2895 2900

9 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Perfect match

In Korea, Ginseng is eaten for both its medicinal properties and its unique taste; it's often said to have a bittersweet flavour but that description is far too limited. Ginseng's perfume is wonderfully pure and enticing. Ginseng and oxtail soup is not as well-known as the version that uses chicken. The oxtail provides sumptuous base flavours and a sticky quality.

30 May 2010 - 12:00am


The everywhere drink

After water and tea, beer is consumed around the world more than any other drink. It is also one of the world's oldest drinks. People may have been making it for more than 5,000 years. China's first beer was maybe just as old. It was made with rice.

13 Jan 2010 - 12:00am

Guinness giveaway for anniversary

Is beer to men what shoes are to women? Maybe. Let's see what the crowd is like at McSorley's pub in SoHo this Friday evening. If it's anything like a Christian Louboutin final sale, a lot of blokes will be leaving work early and blocking Mid-Levels traffic.

23 Sep 2009 - 12:00am

Astronomical rent rise risks global shift

So The Globe is on the move. It is facing a massive rent increase with its lease expiring in November and general manager Tony Cooper has resigned himself to the fact that the Hollywood Road pub, which has been in that spot for 14 years, will have to move.

2 Sep 2009 - 12:00am

Guinness' master brewer to offer a real taste of Ireland at beer festival

If you're inclined to enjoy a tall cold ale or lager at the end of the day, you probably don't need any more incentive to head down to Lan Kwai Fong for its annual Beerfest this weekend. However, if you're a true connoisseur of the brew, then you might want to meet Guinness' global brewmaster, Fergal Murray (left), who will be making an appearance this Saturday at about 7.30pm.

9 Jul 2009 - 12:00am

Spiritual home of the world's beer drinkers

BELGIUM IS AN illustrious beer nation. In terms of quality, its brews match the best of Britain, Germany and the Czech Republic.

However, for sheer diversity, Belgium is a world champion.

Here in Hong Kong, one doesn't have to travel very far for a foaming draft or glass of something refreshing and distinctly Belgian.

28 Feb 2007 - 12:00am

Lacklustre local lagers leave the experts cold

Most Hong Kong brews quench the thirst but are lacking in character, our panel says

Summer's here, and it wouldn't be complete without sun-soaked weekends beside a meat-packed barbecue. And what laid-back barbie would feel right without an ice-cold beer in your hand?

31 Jul 2005 - 12:00am

Tipple of choice for Christmas revellers

Beer in all its guises is a perfect accompaniment to Christmas celebrations, no matter where in the world these may be held.

It is drunk around Australian Christmas barbecues, around bars in the US where people will be watching the Christmas Eve football, and no doubt a fair bit will be downed in Hong Kong's Lan Kwai Fong this evening.

24 Dec 2004 - 12:00am

Cream of the hop

If I had a dollar for every time I have been asked, 'What's your favourite beer?', I would have probably saved enough for front-row tickets to a Rolling Stones concert. My answer is always, it depends - on how I'm feeling, who I'm with, what I'm eating, the time of day, whether it's a junk trip on a sunny day or an animated conversation in a bar on a rainy evening.

16 Nov 2003 - 12:00am

Bavarian rhapsody

The Oktoberfest beer festival in Munich ended last Sunday, with 5.4 million people having munched through 51,000 pork knuckles, 35,000 spit-roasted chicken and 150,000 sausages in two weeks. Serving this smorgasbord were 1,600 waitresses and 12,000 staff. Oh, and thirsty festival patrons drank six million litres of beer!

12 Oct 2003 - 12:00am