Hong Kong: Amazing Bottles and Prices at City Super Grocery Store

Visiting Hong Kong from Seoul, the main thing I wanted to check out wasn’t The Peak or the Star Ferry but the craft beer!

I certainly haven’t explored very much of Hong Kong in my first two days, but I did stumble upon a franchise grocery store at IFC mall, called City Super, with an amazing selection of foodstuffs that blows anything Seoul has out of the water. My lactose/soy sensitive girlfriend found coconut milk ice cream two days in a row without looking for it. We also found this amazing Korean food section.

Yum! Gochu jung, tuna, gim, and Spam! The best Korea has to offer!
Yum! Gochu jung, tuna, gim, and Spam! The best Korea has to offer!

However, the real prize was the beer section. In the refrigerated aisle, there was a decent selection. Yet, it didn’t totally blow me away.

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This wasn’t everything it had, but it was most of it. Some belgians, standard imports. Surprised by the inclusion of Molson Canadian!

The only really exciting thing was a row of local craft beer.

There was only the IPA and Pale Ale left, but a few other styles had sold out: probably a promising sign!
There was only the IPA and Pale Ale left, but a few other styles had sold out: probably a promising sign!

What really blew me away was finding a shit ton of other awesome beer in an unrefrigerated aisle!

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The Holy Grail! Sierra Nevada for 17 Hong Kong Dollars… that’s about 2,500won!! WTF!?
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Granville Island! That’s the beer I drank all the time in Vancouver! Nice! And Alexander Keiths. Certainly not craft beer, but it’s the very first beer that was recommended to me, based on flavor, when a friend returned from a trip to Nova Scotia. That was back when I was 17. Good times.
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Brew Dog Libertine Black Ale for about 4,300won? Hells yeah!
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Any beer drinker worth their weight in Seoul will recognize these trailblazers brought to us by Brewmasters Korea. Although many of these beers have come down in price, nothing beats this price: 20 HKD or about 2,900won!
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Anchor beer! In Asia!

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  1. I live in Hong Kong and love the City Super selection! Hong Kong Beer is alright, but Young Master Ales is what you want to try to get fresh local craft beer. They don’t bottle, but their website will show you where to find it on tap!

  2. Keep in mind that City Super parallel imports a lot of their beers – they are not sourced from the brewery, and likely not transported or stored properly, so won’t taste as they should.

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