Article by Diana Powell (Visit her Travel Blog)
Hoppy beer does exist in SE Asia and it can be found at Himawari Microbrewery in Phnom Penh. The Microbrewery is inside the Himawari Hotel but they have lovely outside seating right by the Mekong River. The beer is actually pretty good. We had the Centennial IPA (Jon thought it tasted familiar and he loved it!) , the Apsara Gold (a nicely hopped pale ale) and the Gem & Jade (earthy ESB). The brewer is on-site and he is not much of a craft beer guy. He said the recipes and the ideas for the microbrewery all came out of Singapore, which is no surprise. Singapore seems to be the only country in Asia that has a craft beer culture. We enjoyed Happy Hour from 5-8pm for two nights in a row. The beers are about $4.50 on Happy Hour which is expensive by Cambodian standards, but hey, this is craft beer!