This summer Hong Kong was graced with the introduction of Western Australia's popular Little Creatures Brewery with their brew-pub location in Kennedy Town.
The space is a roomy 6,000+ sq. ft location on the waterfront that operates as a brewpub with a 500 liter system and a nice variety of small and large plates. They offer tasting flights of six beers to get an idea of their range, as well as half and full pours. A typical flight includes: Pale Ale, India Pale Ale, Roger's Amber Ale, White Rabbit White Ale, Bright Ale, and the House Brew which is usually a variation of the Pale Ale with some sort of special dry hop or Randall treatment (passing beer from serving tanks through fresh hops on the way to the glass).
At the moment most of the beer is being imported from their larger breweries in Australia but the plan is to produce the flagship Pale Ale in Kennedy Town for on-premise consumption and to continue offering house-brewed specialties and spins off of their classic styles. Head Brewer Tom Champion is bringing years of experience from Little Creatures in Australia but the smaller scale equipment does present its challenges in replicating their flagship style.
The atmosphere is welcoming and it's easy to stay much longer than planned with good company. It shares some of the same qualities as their location in Geelong, just outside of Melbourne.
It's nice to see more and more brewpubs, tap rooms, and craft-friendly bars opening up in Hong Kong. This is a new adventure for Little Creatures to stretch out further into the Asian market and I personally hope that they are successful. The Australian craft beer market has grown tremendously in the past decade and it's nice to have access to fresh versions of their beers right here in Hong Kong.
-- Mr. Jackson