Beer in Hong Kong

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The history of beer in Hong Kong dates back to the mid-19th century. Currently the best selling beer is San Miguel, brewed by San Miguel Brewery Hong Kong. San Miguel has been brewed in Sham Tseng since 1948 and later moved to Yuen Long until 2007. The brewery was reopened in 2009.

Carlsberg was also brewed in Tai Po since the 1980s until recently. Blue Girl Beer, a brand owned by the Hong Kong-based trading and distribution company Jebsen & Co., is brewed in South Korea under supervision of Jebsen & Co.

Other notable brands include Tsingtao and Corona. Jolly Shandy is also fairly popular among women and youngsters.

International craft beer and microbrews have seen a rise in popularity since 2010, with specialty and premium beer from countries such as Belgium, the UK, Australia, the USA and Japan being more widely available.[1] This has led to the formation of the Craft Beer Association of Hong Kong, made up of distributors, consumers, retailers, bars & restaurants.

Local Breweries[edit]

'Hong Kong Beer' was started in 2003 and is the first native Hong Kong brewery and brand. A local craft brewery is Typhoon Brewery[2] on Lantau Island. Due to changes in alcohol licensing legislation implemented in the year 2000,[3] brewing beer at home using small scale equipment and ingredients, commonly referred to as "home brewing", is now permissible in Hong Kong within limits.

List of Hong Kong Beer Companies
Brewery Name Chinese Name Established Closed Brewery Location Notes
Black Kite Brewery 黑鳶 2015 Wong Chuk Hang [4]
City Brew 城釀 2014 Kwai Chung
Fat Rooster Brewing 肥雞啤酒 2014 Wong Chuk Hang
Gweilo Beer 鬼佬啤酒 2015 Chai Wan
Heroes Beer Co. 人一世物一世點都要做一次啤酒英雄有限公司 2016 Central
Hitachino Nest Beer Hong Kong 常陸野貓頭鷹啤酒 2016 Fo Tan Local brewery for a brand based in Naka-shi, Ibaraki, Japan
HK Brewcraft - 2013 Central
Hong Kong Beer Co. 香港啤酒有限公司 1995 Chai Wan Formerly the South China Brewing Company.[5]
Hong Kong Whistle 吹啤啤 2016 Ngau Tau Kok
Kowloon Bay Brewery 九龍灣釀酒廠 2015 Tsuen Wan [6]
Lion Rock Brewery 獅子山啤 2015 Kwai Chung
Little Creatures Brewing - 2000 Kennedy Town Local brewery for Fremantle-based Little World Beverages (a wholly owned subsidiary of Lion Nathan)[7]
Mak's Beer 麥氏釀酒 2014 Tsuen Wan
Meow Beer 貓啤 2015 Kwun Tong
Moonzen Brewery 門神啤酒 2014 Kwun Tong [8]
Nine Dragons Brewery 九龍啤酒 2013 Sheung Wan
San Miguel Brewery 生力啤 1948 Yuen Long Facility closed in 2007, re-open in 2009
The Artist Brewery - 2015 Wong Chuk Hang Made in Belgium
Typhoon Brewery 颱風酒廠 2009 2014 Mui Wo The first brewery in Hong Kong to make English-style cask ale.[9]
Yardley Brothers - 2014 Kwai Hing [10]
Young Master Ales 少爺麥啤 2013 Ap Lei Chau [11]


See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Craft beers come to Hong Kong". Retrieved 25 May 2014.
  2. ^ "Typhoon microbrewery storms Hong Kong". Retrieved 25 May 2014.
  4. ^ "Official Homepage". Black Kite Brewery. (Hong Kong) Ltd. Retrieved 17 January 2017.
  5. ^ "Official Website". Hong Kong Beer Co. Hong Kong Beer Co. Retrieved 17 January 2017.
  6. ^ "Official Website". Kowloon Bay Brewery. Kowloon Bay Brewery. Retrieved 17 January 2017.
  7. ^ "Official Website". Little Creatures. Little Creatures. Retrieved 17 January 2017.
  8. ^ "Official Website". Moonzen Brewery. Moonzen Brewery. Retrieved 17 January 2017.
  9. ^ DeWolf, Christopher. "Typhoon microbrewery storms Hong Kong". CNN Travel. CNN. Retrieved 17 January 2017.
  10. ^ "Official Website". Yardley Brothers. Yardley Brothers. Retrieved 17 January 2017.
  11. ^ "Official Website". Young Master Ales. Young Master Ales. Retrieved 17 January 2017.

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