With homebrew specialists and events in the city increasing Hongkongers' interest in beer, Martyn Cornell plots the tumultuous history of local breweries.
Since spring, the former Pier - a long, narrow bar a short distance from the Kennedy Town seafront - has been rebranded as a branch of one of Wan Chai's most famous expat hangouts. So now the homesick Briton living in the west of the island has somewhere to go without running the gauntlet of the lightly-clothed ladies of Lockhart Road. The takeover isn't quite complete, however, as the neon light outside says "Old China Hand," while inside a sign says "The Pier". But there's sport on the big screens, HP Sauce bottles on the tables and apple crumble on the menu.
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.
The Guinness master brewer and global ambassador was in Hong Kong recently to promote the black stuff - Ireland's most-loved export.
I’ll forgive myself for never having heard of 961 Beer, because its products are apparently not yet on sale in the UK. But they ARE available in Hong Kong – and 961 Lager has just been declared the best lager in the city, after the blind tasting by me and 11 other judges I blogged about last month.